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!


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


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


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


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.”


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


n. – a tax on salt


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


v. – to pawn or mortgage something

NOT: v. – to impregnate a pig


adj. – pertaining to breakfast


n. – fear of failure

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


n. – loudness and clarity of enunciation


adj. – having a good sense of smell


n. – the day before yesterday

NOT: n. – a martian nudist


n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”

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


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.


n. – two dozen sheets of paper


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

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


n. – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps


n. – a small quantity of something left over

Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!


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.


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

Think – “the valedictorian of hypochondriacs”


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


v. – to gulp down quickly and greedily


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


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

31 thoughts on “26 Weird English Words from A to Z

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  3. 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

  4. Christine Daae´ says:

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

    i dunno if the word


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

    thanks for this! great job! :D

  5. 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”.

  6. Jim Shue says:

    Great post, I like it a lot. A note: “Doodle Sack” is very likely an Anglicization of the German word for “bagpipe”, which is “Dudelsack” =)


  7. 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

  8. Evie says:

    I have some of my favorite words in common with you. BTW, one of the coolest sites out there devoted to words is

  9. Q Words says:

    Clever words! Bookmarked to come back to the next time I’m playing word games, I have a bit of kakorrhaphiophobia that I wont use the words correctly :)

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