26 Weird English Words from A to Z

v. to gulp down quickly and greedily

n. outdated word meaning armpit

Think the valedictorian of hypochondriacs

v. to pawn or mortgage something

n. small shoot growing from the root of a plant

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

n. admiration of a particular part of someones body

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

n. two dozen sheets of paper

A close second to tittynope in the eyebrow-raiser category

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

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

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adj. pertaining to breakfast

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If youre confused as to how to answer any or all of these questions, never fear! Weve created this confusion, and were here to clear it up with this alphabetical list of 26 weird English words and their meanings.

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

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

adj. having wooly or crispy hair

n. hand of cards containing no card above a nine

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

adj. having a good sense of smell

adj. of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

If you had to figure out how to use this word in context, you probably wouldnt say much either.

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

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First time youve heard this word? Its probably a good indication that you dont have wooly or crispy hair. Or that you do, and nobody uses this word anymore.

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Although she wont know what it means, never, ever tell your date Erin that she is looking quite erinaceous this evening.

n. loudness and clarity of enunciation

adj. uttering few words; brief in speech

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

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n. high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

NOT: n. the offspring of interbreeding rats and raccoons

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n. old English word for bagpipe

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n. a small quantity of something left over

Undoubtedly the biggest eyebrow-raiser on this list!

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

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