Signs for ABCS

Meaning: The alphabet; ABC's.

Meaning: The alphabet from A to Z; an alphabetically arranged handbook; a complete guide to a subject.

Related signs: ALPHABET, alphabetical order, A: the first letter of the alphabet.

Learn how to fingerspell from A to Z from this bilingual kid. Exceptions: Don't sign "and" between Y and Z (as shown in the video). And, also don't sign (pronounce) Z the opposite way. Move it in the same way you write Z, from the left to the right side from a signer's perspective.

ASL student tip: Don't bounce your hand when fingerspelling letter by letter.

Deaf Culture and tidbits


A to Z Fingerspelling Contest: "In my teen years in a swim club, my hearing teammates, who regularly communicated with me via fingerspelling mostly, were fast enough (but unsurprisingly slow at reading fingerspelling). There were times they would boast to others, demonstrating how fast they could fingerspell from A to Z, until the first time they saw how zoom I fingerspelled. Their eyes were blown away. :D

Then they would competed against one another who could fingerspell A to Z the fastest without missing a letter. It was one of some things to pass the time between races at swim meets."

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Basic word starters: hello / learn / ASL / sign language / alphabet / love / I love you / please / thank you / welcome...

Search Tips and Pointers

Search/Filter: Enter a keyword in the filter/search box to see a list of available words with the "All" selection. Click on the page number if needed. Click on the blue link to look up the word. For best result, enter a partial word to see variations of the word.

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Alphabetical letters: It's useful for 1) a single-letter word (such as A, B, etc.) and 2) very short words (e.g. "to", "he", etc.) to narrow down the words and pages in the list.

For best result, enter a short word in the search box, then select the alphetical letter (and page number if needed), and click on the blue link.

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Don't forget to click "All" back when you search another word with a different initial letter.

If you cannot find (perhaps overlook) a word but you can still see a list of links, then keep looking until the links disappear! Sharpening your eye or maybe refine your alphabetical index skill. :)

Add a Word: This dictionary is not exhaustive; ASL signs are constantly added to the dictionary. If you don't find a word/sign, you can send your request (only if a single link doesn't show in the result).

Videos: The first video may be NOT the answer you're looking for. There are several signs for different meanings, contexts, and/or variations. Browsing all the way down to the next search box is highly recommended.

Video speed: Signing too fast in the videos? See HELP in the footer.

ASL has its own grammar and structure in sentences that works differently from English. For plurals, verb inflections, word order, etc., learn grammar in the "ASL Learn" section. For search in the dictionary, use the present-time verbs and base words. If you look for "said", look up the word "say". Likewise, if you look for an adjective word, try the noun or vice versa. E.g. The ASL signs for French and France are the same. If you look for a plural word, use a singular word.