Weird Words

by Cammy Cort

Many English speakers use the same words over and over again with no variety. There are many more English words that most people don’t even know exist. Here is a list of the most interesting, rare, beautiful words that can be used to give your vocabulary a bit of spice.

 

A

  • Argle-bargle

Copious but meaningless talk or writing; nonsense.

B

  • Bobsy-die (n.)

A great deal of fuss or trouble.

C

  • Cerulean (adj.)

Deep blue in colour like a clear sky.

  • Chiliad (n.)

A group of a thousand things.

A thousand years; a millennium.

D

  • Douceur (n.)

A financial inducement; a bribe.

E

  • Ensorcell (v.)

Enchant; fascinate.

 

F

  • Floccinaucinihilipilification (n.)

The action or habit of estimating something as worthless.

G

  • Gasconade (n.)

Extravagant boasting.

H

  • Hinky (adj.)
    Dishonest or suspect.

I

  • Incunabulum (n.)

An early printed book, especially one printed before 1501

J

  • Jebel (n.)

(In the Middle East and North Africa) a mountain or hill, or a range of hills.

K

  • Karateka (n.)

A practitioner of karate

  • L
  • Logomachy (n.)

An argument about words.

M

  • Minacious (adj.)

Menacing; threatening

N

  • Netizen (n.)

A user of the Internet, especially a habitual or avid one.

O

  • Operose (adj.)
    • Involving or displaying much industry or effort

P

  • Pantagruelian (adj.)
    • Enormous

Q

  • Quaquaversal (adj.)
    • Dipping from a center toward all points of the compass

R

  • Rubricate (v.)
    • To add elaborate capital letters (typically red ones) or other decorations to a manuscript

S

  • Sesquipedalian (adj.)
    • (of a word) polysyllabic; long

T

  • Triskaidekaphobia (n.)
    • Extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen

U

  • Uncinate (adj.)
    • Having a hooked shape

V

  • Velleity (n.)
    • A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action

W

  • Wabbit (adj.)
    • Exhausted or slightly unwell

X

  • Xenology (n.)
    • The scientific study of alien biology, cultures, etc

Y

  • Ylem (n.)
    • The primordial matter of the universe, originally conceived as composed of neutrons at high temperature and density.

Z

  • Zetetic (adj.)
    • Proceeding by inquiry