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26 Weird English Words from A to Z

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n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”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