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26 Weird English Words from A to Z

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Have you ever worn winklepickers or salopettes? Is the saying about French women and their oxters true? Do your friends complain that you bibble too much? Have you ever experienced zoanthropy and been convinced you were an elephant?

If you’re confused as to how to answer any – or all – of these questions, never fear! We’ve created this confusion, and we’re here to clear it up with this alphabetical list of 26 weird English words and their meanings.

Do you have a favorite weird word in English or any other language? Drop us the word and definition in the comments section below!

agastopia

n. – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

bibble

v. – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

cabotage

n. – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

NOT: v. – to sabotage with cabbage and/or Vermont Cabot Cheese

doodle sack

n. – old English word for bagpipe

erinaceous

adj. – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

Although she won’t know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is “looking quite erinaceous this evening.”

firman

n. – in Turkey and some other Oriental countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

gabelle

n. – a tax on salt

halfpace

n. – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

impignorate

v. – to pawn or mortgage something

NOT: v. – to impregnate a pig

jentacular

adj. – pertaining to breakfast

kakorrhaphiophobia

n. – fear of failure

This is the last word that someone with kakorrhaphiophobia would want to encounter in a spelling bee.

lamprophony

n. – loudness and clarity of enunciation

macrosmatic

adj. – having a good sense of smell

nudiustertian

n. – the day before yesterday

NOT: n. – a martian nudist

oxter

n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”

NOT: n. – a creature that is half ox, half otter

pauciloquent

adj. – uttering few words; brief in speech

If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldn’t say much either.

quire

n. – two dozen sheets of paper

ratoon

n. – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

NOT: n. – the offspring of interbreeding rats and raccoons

salopettes

n. – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

tittynope

n. – a small quantity of something left over

Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!

ulotrichous

adj. – having wooly or crispy hair

First time you’ve heard this word? It’s probably a good indication that you don’t have wooly or crispy hair. Or that you do, and nobody uses this word anymore.

valetudinarian

n. – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

Think – “the valedictorian of hypochondriacs”

winklepicker

n. – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

A close second to “tittynope” in the eyebrow-raiser category

xertz

v. – to gulp down quickly and greedily

yarborough

n. – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

zoanthropy

n. – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

 

25 Responses to 26 Weird English Words from A to Z

  1. Mi Habilitador says:

    hu·mon·gous/(h)yo͞oˈməNGgəs/
    Adjective: Huge; enormous.

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  4. crystal says:

    haha so funny

  5. crystal says:

    another word is schmoop

  6. ira warner says:

    this is a cooleo site

  7. Mel W says:

    Great Word they r so funny

  8. Joshua Gomez says:

    i’ve got a couple weird words
    floccinaucinihilipilification- the value of something as worthless
    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis- a disease you get in your lungs when you breathe volcanic ash

  9. Amaresh says:

    I like it words

  10. gnarlyseahorses says:

    How about this word nth or pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanaconiosis

  11. gnarlyseahorses says:

    or harrumph

  12. gnarlyseahorses says:

    and here’s another one: jumentous, definition: smelling like horse urine!

  13. Charli says:

    ‘Oxter’ is actually a very common word where I come from…not outdated at all

  14. Person says:

    i like ths website its cool :P :) i used it for school work

  15. Christine Daae´ says:

    i like the DOODLE SACK! hehehehe!!! sounds slang…’tis cool!

    i dunno if the word

    ’tis

    is an old english term…but it is a poetic word which means “it is / it’s”

    thanks for this! great job! :D

  16. Irene R. says:

    I would think that fjord is much weirder than firman. Fjord is one of the few English words that start with the prefix “fj”.

  17. natan says:

    I like the words but what about supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus?

  18. gortala says:

    vow! these words are really beautiful and weird in English language.. i enjoyed learning these words..

  19. Kelly says:

    Here are some words:

    gadoid = of or pertaining to cod (the fish)

    lacuna = a missing segment of text in a larger document

    anastylosis = a method for reconstructing ancient ruins in which support material is placed under original material for structural stability.

    ecdysiast = an erotic dancer/stripper

  20. Brady Wells says:

    My favorite word is epergne and another is vestibule.

  21. curious says:

    its supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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