Odd Words

Here is a collection of unusual and interesting words for you...


abacinate To blind by putting a hot copper basin near someone's eyes

abderian Given to incessant or idiotic laughter

abecedarian A person who is learning the alphabet

abligurition Excessive spending on food and drink

accubation The practice of eating or drinking while lying down

adoxography Skilled writing on an unimportant subject

aeolist A pompous windy bore who pretends to have inspiration

agelast Someone who never laughs

agerasia The state of looking younger than one actually is

agraffe The wire that holds the cork in a champagne bottle

algerining Prowling around with the intent to commit burglary

anopisthography The practice of writing on one side of the paper

autolatry Self -worship

autotonsorialist One who cuts their own hair



bathykolpian Deep-bosomed

batrachophagous One who eats frogs

blandiloquent Speaking in a flattering or ingratiating manner

bombilate To loudly hum or buzz continuously

borborygmus The rumbling sound of gas passing through the intestine

brevirostrate Having a short nose

brontide The low rumbling of distant thunder


cachinnation Loud or hysterical laughter

cacoethes A bad habit or insatiable urge

cagamosis An unhappy marriage

cancatervate To heap up into a pile

capernoited Slightly intoxicated

causeuse A sofa built for two people

charientism An artfully veiled insult

chirotonsor An alternative title for a barber

cleptobiosis The act of plundering food

clithridiate Key-hole-shaped

[Examples: part of a guitar, a mirror, and a Japanese tomb]

concilliabule A secret meeting of people who are hatching a plot

cruciverbalist One who loves doing crossword puzzles


dactylion The tip of the middle finger

dactylonomy Counting using one's fingers

decubitis The act or attitude of lying down

defenestrate To throw out of a window

[There is to be a whole article on this subject!]

dehisce To burst open, as the pod of a plant

dentiloquent Pertaining to one who talks through their teeth

dephlogisticate To make something fireproof

digamy A second marriage after the death or divorce of a previous spouse

dippoldism The act of beating or whipping school children

dompteuse A woman who trains animals

The famous Barbara Woodhouse....


eccedentesiast One who fakes a smile, as on television

estrapade A horses's attempt to remove its rider

exsibilation The collective hisses of a disapproving audience


farctate The state of being stuffed with food (overeating)

filipendulous Suspended by a single thread

floccinaucinihilipilification The categorising of something that is useless or trivial

fuscoferuginous Having a dark rusty colour


gambrinous Being full of beer

ginglyform Hinge-shaped

gongoozler An idle spectator

gossypiboma A surgical sponge accidently left inside a patient's body

gowpen A double handful


hadeharia The practice of constantly using the word "Hell" in speaking

hamartithia Being likely to make a mistake

hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian Pertaining to extremely long words

honorificabilitudinitatibus With honour


inaniloquent Speaking foolishly or saying silly things

interfenestration The space between two windows


jentacular Pertaining to breakfast


kyphorrhinos Having a nose with a bump in it


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

lethologica The inability to recall a precise word for something

liripipe The long tail of a hood in medieval or academic costume


mallemaroking The carousing of seamen on board Greenland whaling ships

mammothrept A child who is raised and spoiled by their grandmother

maritodespotism Tyrannical rulership of a woman by her husband

matronolagnia An attraction to older women, especially ones who have children

misocapnist One who hates the smell of tobacco smoke

misodoctakleidist Someone who hates practicing the piano

mulligrubs A state of depression or low spirits

mumpsimus One who sticks obstinately and wrongly to their old ways

mytacism The incorrect or excessive use of the letter M


nelipot Someone who walks without shoes

nepheligenous Producing clouds of tobacco smoke

nudiustertian Pertaining to the day before yesterday


onychophagy The habit of biting one's fingernails


pandiculation Stretching and yawning before going to bed or after waking up

petrichor The smell of rain on dry ground

philosophunculist One who pretends to know more than they do to impress others

pogonotomy The act of cutting a beard

polyphloisboian Making a lot of noise or loud racket

preantepenultimate Fourth from last

The runt of the litter... Last is often smallest

prosopography The description of a person's appearance

psithurism The sound of wind in trees or rustling leaves


qualtagh The first person you see after leaving your house

quidnunc One who always wants to know what is going on

quomodocunquize To make money by any means possible


recumbentibus A knockout blow, either verbal or physical

runcation The act of weeding


sabrage The act of opening a bottle with a sabre

saprostomous Having bad breath

scacchic Pertaining to the game of chess, or to chess pieces

sciapodous Having huge feet

scolecophagous One who eats worms


tachyphagia Fast eating

tarantism An urge to overcome melancholy by dancing

tetrapyloctomy The act of splitting a hair four ways

thelemic Permitting people to do as they like


ulotrichous Having very woolly hair

ultracrepidarian One who speaks or offers opinions on matters beyond their Knowledge

usufructuary A person who has use or enjoyment of something, especially property


ventripotent Big-bellied, gluttonous

vigesimation The act of killing every twentieth person


wanweird An unhappy fate


xenobombulate To malinger

xerophagy A diet of bread and water

xylopolist One who sells wood products


yclept By the name of; called


zenzizenzizenzic A number raised to the eighth power

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