Spelling list: au words

There are four ways of spelling the /or/ sound: or, ore, au, and aw.

These examples use the letters au to spell the /or/ sound. Notice that the au spelling is never used if the /or/ sound falls at the end of a word.

sauce
I had pasta and tomato sauce for supper. *
haul
An old cart horse was used to haul the load.
maul
The tiger will maul you.
paul
Paul rode his bike every day.
daub
The artist liked to daub paint on his canvas.
taut
The tent ropes must be taut.
fraud
Bill was charged with fraud. *
cause
A tornado can cause huge devastation. *
pause
Hit the pause button to stop the video clip.
fault
She helpfully fixed the fault on my computer.
vault
The bank stores its gold in a deep vault.
daunt
The thought of exams began to daunt me.
gaunt
She ate so little, she began to look gaunt. *
haunt
A ghost wanted to haunt the house. *
jaunt
Let's go on a jaunt to the beach.
launch
A space probe was launched yesterday.
paunch
He had a paunch from eating too much.
staunch
He was a staunch believer in god.
August
It was extremely hot last August.