Strange & Obscure Words To Expand Your Vocabulary With


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While doing some web surfing earlier in the day I came across a couple of websites that caught my eye which listed hundreds of strange, weird, old-fashion, unusual or seldom used words from the English language along with what they actually mean or describe. So I thought I’d list a few of the more intriguing ones that caught my attention. Each letter of the alphabet is covered at least once. So go ahead and try to dazzle your friends with brilliance or baffle them them bull@#$% — Enjoy! :)

Accismus – When you pretend to be not interested in something or someone, when you really are interested

Anglewitch – Obsolete word meaning a worm used as bait in fishing

Astrobleme – An eroded meteor impact crater

Battologist – Someone who repeats the same thing needlessly or excessively

Bloviate – To speak pompously or in an overbearing way

Bromopnea – Bad breath

Cleptobiosis – The act of plundering food

Crapulous – Relating to drunkenness or drinking of alcohol

Cumberground – Someone who takes up space

Dignotion – A birthmark, tattoo, mole or any other type of distinguishing mark on the body

Drazel - A vagabond wench, hussy or outright slut

Droogish – Relating to the nature or attitudes of a member of a street gang

Eccedentesiast – One who fakes a smile

Emacity – A fondness for buying things

Ergophobic – Someone who fears work

Faineant – A person who does nothing – a loafer – something that is idle

Farctate – The state of being stuffed with food – overeating

Fladge – pornographic literature

Furciferous – acting like a brat – mischievous

Ginglyform – Hinge-shaped

Gradgrind – One who is only interested in the cold, hard facts

Gymnophoria – The sensation that someone is mentally undressing you

Heimganger – A person who stays at home

Hibernacle – a winter retreat (like a cabin) – a hibernating animal

Hoddypeak – a blockhead or a fool

Honeyfugle – To swindle or cheat

Impignorate – to pawn or mortgage something

Inaniloquent - Pertaining to idle talk – to babble or speak foolishly

Ithyphallic – Indecent or obscene

Jargogle – To confuse or mix up things

Jiffle – To fidget or shuffle

Jollux – A rotund person – fat

Jumentous – smelling like horse urine

Kench – to laugh really loud

Knabble – to take small bites or to nibble

Kyriolexy – speaking literally

Lalochezia – The use of foul or abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain

Leggiadrous – being graceful or elegant

Lethologica – the inability to remember an exact word or name for something

Limerance – the initial exhilarating rush of falling in love – the state of being in love

Lubitorium - a service station

Mulligrubs – the state of depression or low in spirit

Mumpsimus – one who sticks obstinately and /or wrongly to their old ways

Mungo – A scavenger or one who extracts valuable things from the trash – nowadays commonly referred to as a “dumpster diver”

Nelipotsomeone who walks without shoes

Nihilarian – A person who deals with things lacking importance

Noceur – a person who stays up late

Nudiustertian – The day before yesterday

Obambulate – to walk around or wander about

Onychophagy – the habit of biting one’s fingernails

Octothorpe – Another name for the symbol ‘#’ on the telephone keypad or keyboard – also known as the ‘pound symbol‘ or ‘number sign’

Orgulous – proud – haughty

Ostrobogulous – bizarre – unusual – interesting – slightly risque or indecent

Panticulation – The stretching of one’s body that often accompanies yawning

Peenge – The act of complaining in a whiny voice

Petrichor – The smell of the first rain of the season after a long dry spell

Phenakism – Deception or trickery – cheating

Philosophunculist – One who pretends to know more than they do to impress others

Phlyarologist - A person who talks gibberish or nonsense

Pogonotrophy – Cultivation or growing of a beard

Polydipsia – The symptom of a person having abnormal or excessive thirst

Pronk – A weak or foolish person

Pulveratricious – Covered with dust

Pyknic – a person that is stocky with a round body, thick trunk and a small frame (in other words – short & fat)

Quaestuary - seeking money or trying to make money

Quagswag – to shake back and forth

Quidnunc - one who always wants to know what’s going on

Rastaquouere – A social climber who tries too hard to be in fashion

Relexification – Replacing a word (or phrase) in one language with a word (or phrase) from another language that corresponds to it

Retroition – Re-entrance or the act of returning – it also means to return to a party after all the goodbyes to retrieve something you forgot or left behind

Scofflaw – Someone who contemptuously breaks the law – especially a law that is hard to enforce

Scopperloit – Rude or rough play

Scrippage – Your baggage and personal belongings

Selcouth – Unfamiliar, rare, strange, marvelous, wonderful

Semiopathy - The tendency to read signs and translate it humorously into inappropriate or sarcastic meanings (check out my posts on funny, creative & weird signs for several examples)

Slubberdegullion – A filthy slobbering person

Snollygoster – A dishonest politician (geez, there’s enough to choose from – take you pick) :)

Steatopygic – having a fat behind

Sybarite – A person who is devoted to a life of luxury and sensual pleasure

Tachyphagia - Rapid or hasty eating – eating food fast

Testudineous – To be as slow as a tortoise

Troke – To fail or to deceive – unable to do something

Tropology – The use of metaphors in writing or while speaking

Tyrotoxism – To be poisoned by cheese

Ubiquarian – someone who goes everywhere

Ultracrepidarian – one who offers opinions or speaks on matters beyond their own knowledge

Vagarious – erratic or unpredictable in behavior or direction

Ventripotent – gluttonous or having a big belly

Viraginity – Masculine qualities in a woman

Voculation – Type of speaking where you give proper pronunciation and enunciation – to properly accent every word (A good example is Alex Trebek from TV’s Jeopardy)

Widdiful – Someone who deserves to be hanged

Windlestraw – A person who is tall, thin and unhealthy looking

Woofits - An unwell feeling or depression – also a hangover

Xanthippe – An ill-tempered woman

Xenology – The study of extraterrestrial phenomena

Xerophagy – A diet of bread and water

Yaffle – A green woodpecker

Yepsen – When you cup your hands to drink water out of the faucet or to form a bowl with your hands to receive food

Yisel - A hostage

Youf – A bark that is muffled

Zabernism – The abuse of military power or authority

Zoilist – A person who thoroughly enjoys finding fault with others or in things around him

Many of the words listed above are not easily found in most dictionaries. For additional research, you’ll need a decent unabridged or specialty dictionary (either online or the old fashion reference type)

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3 Responses

  1. Just the thing I ws looking for. I am going to put them to good use this week.

  2. LOVE WORD CHALLENGES GAMES and looking up and learning new words even alot more fun when i can get friends to play along
    HINT HINT!!!

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