Today's Wordle answer for Thursday, February 22

 Wordle today puzzle on a smartphone.
Wordle today puzzle on a smartphone.

Learn how to make the most of every guess you make in today's Wordle with our general tips and advice. Instantly turn around a tough game with the help of a clue for Thursday's puzzle, or if you prefer, skip straight to the best bit—the answer to the February 22 (978) Wordle is ready and waiting to go.

Today's puzzle turned out to be a nice, simple game with no nasty surprises or last minute twists waiting in the wings, eager to give me a word-guessing headache as I tried to work out what on earth the answer could be. More of the same tomorrow please, Wordle.

Today's Wordle hint

Wordle hint
Wordle hint

Wordle today: A hint for Thursday, February 22

The answer today refers to a great weight. It doesn't have to be large or difficult to carry, just not light, or not as light as you'd expect something of that size to be.

Is there a double letter in Wordle today?

No letters are used twice in today's puzzle.

Wordle help: 3 tips for beating Wordle every day

If you're new to the daily Wordle puzzle or you just want a refresher after taking a break, I'll share some quick tips to help you win. There's nothing quite like a small victory to set you up for the rest of the day.

  • A mix of unique consonants and vowels makes for a solid opening word.

  • A tactical second guess should let you narrow down the pool of letters quickly.

  • There may be a repeat letter in the answer.

You're not up against a timer, so you've got all the time in the world—well, until midnight—to find the winning word. If you're stuck, there's no shame in coming back to the puzzle later in the day and finishing it up when you've cleared your head.

Today's Wordle answer

Wordle answers
Wordle answers

What is today's Wordle answer?

Just in case you need it. The answer to the February 22 (978) Wordle is HEAVY.

Previous Wordle answers

The last 10 Wordle answers

Keeping track of the last handful of Wordle answers can help to eliminate current possibilities. It's also handy for inspiring opening words or subsequent guesses if you're short on ideas for the day.

Here are the last 10 Wordle answers:

  • February 21: BUILD

  • February 20: MATCH

  • February 19: PRICE

  • February 18: RIDGE

  • February 17: PSALM

  • February 16: STASH

  • February 15: ASCOT

  • February 14: TALON

  • February 13: SCRAM

  • February 12: PASTA

Learn more about Wordle

Today's Wordle being played on a phone
Today's Wordle being played on a phone

Wordle presents you with six rows of five boxes every day and the aim is to figure out the correct five-letter word by entering guesses and eliminating or confirming individual letters.

Getting off to a good start with a strong word like ARISE—something containing multiple vowels, common consonants, and no repeat letters—is a good tactic. Once you hit Enter, the boxes will show you which letters you've got right or wrong. If a box turns ⬛️, it means that letter isn't in the secret word at all. 🟨 means the letter is in the word, but not in that position. 🟩 means you've got the right letter in the right spot.

Your second guess should compliment the starting word, using another "good" word to cover any common letters you missed last time while also trying to avoid any letter you now know for a fact isn't present in today's answer. With a bit of luck, you should have some coloured squares to work with and set you on the right path.

After that, it's just a case of using what you've learned to narrow your guesses down to the right word. You have six tries in total and can only use real words (so no filling the boxes with EEEEE to see if there's an E). Don't forget letters can repeat too (ex: BOOKS).

If you need any further advice feel free to check out our Wordle tips, and if you'd like to find out which words have already been used, you can scroll to the relevant section above.

Originally, Wordle was dreamed up by software engineer Josh Wardle, as a surprise for his partner who loves word games. From there it spread to his family, and finally got released to the public. The word puzzle game has since inspired tons of games like Wordle, refocusing the daily gimmick around music or math or geography. It wasn't long before Wordle became so popular it was sold to the New York Times for seven figures. Surely it's only a matter of time before we all solely communicate in tricolor boxes.