Today's Wordle Word of the Day: #336 Answer and Hints for Saturday, May 21

Words often don't come easy—especially the five-letter ones in Wordle.

But don't worry, Newsweek is here to get you through your daily fix of the puzzle with some hints.

The rules are simple. If you get a letter in the word that is in the right place, it turns green. If it's part of the word but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. Gray matter is required and gray is also the color of a tile that is not part of the answer.

The chances of getting the right answer at the start are only 0.5 percent according to but that first attempt is key to how the rest of the puzzle will go.

Each attempt should gradually reveal the answer as you delve into your memory banks for various letter combinations.

The game was the creation of software engineer Josh Wardle who started work on it with his partner Palak Shah in 2013. Completed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the puzzle was released in late 2021, with the title which is a pun on his surname.

From being played by a few dozen people, its global reach was assured when it was bought by The New York Times for an undisclosed sum. It has quickly become part of the daily routine for tens of million people around the world.

Wordle has also inspired a number of other daily puzzles, such as the globe-trotting game Worldle and the math-based Nerdle.

The graph below, from Statista, shows the extent to which Wordle has grown in popularity.

Wordle Use Stats

'Wordle' #336 — Five Hints for Saturday, May 21, 2022

So let's get down to business. Here are some clues to help you with today's puzzle.

  • Hint #1: The word in today's Wordle can be a noun or a verb and has one vowel.
  • Hint #2: The first three letters of today's Wordle word are all consonants, a combination that can throw off some players.
  • Hint #3: Today's Wordle word can mean a piece of metal and also describe abandoning something.
  • Hint #4: Part of Merriam-Webster's dictionary definition of Wordle #336 describes it as "a small detached piece of paper," or "a fragment of something written."

'Wordle' #336 Answer for Saturday, May 21, 2022

The answer to Wordle on Saturday, May 21 is "scrap."

Wordle refreshes each day at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT), with another new puzzle.

Those who want something more while they wait for another daily brain teaser can try some of these similar word-based puzzles found HERE.

Person playing Wordle
This photo illustration shows a person playing online word game "Wordle" on a mobile phone in Arlington, Virginia, on May 9, 2022. Newsweek offers some clues for May 21, 2022. MICHAEL DRAPER/Getty Images