One of my absolute favorite types of domain names to buy (and sell) is dictionary .com domain names. There are companies of all sizes that operate on dictionary .com domain names, including financial institutions, sports teams, media companies, tech businesses, and many other fields and industries. As a result, the demand for good dictionary .com domain names is strong and the values tend to correlate with the demand.
I am regularly on the hunt for good one word .com domain names. I also see buy requests on NamePros for this type of domain name. The budget varies depending on the buyer, but good one word .com domain names can be quite valuable.
In order for a dictionary .com domain name to have value, the word has to be meaningful. A frustrating aspect of making a buy request is that people continually send completely meaningless domain names for consideration. There are many words in the English language (and other languages) that mean something but are not meaningful. Domain names with a meaningless keyword is probably not worth much.
There are likely two things to consider when evaluating whether a one word .com domain name has value:
1a – Are there companies called that word? There are a number of tools to look up company names.
1b – Are there trademarks with only that word? USPTO is a good start to search.
1c – Is there a well known or popular product sold at retail with that word?
2 – Do you need to provide a definition when trying to sell the domain name? If you told your friends or family about the domain name, would they ask “what does that mean?”
If the answer to the three sections of #1 is “no” and the answer to #2 is yes, the domain name is probably not worth much. Perhaps it is worth something to someone, but I think there is a far greater chance the domain name doesn’t really have value.