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19 Weird And Wonderful Words You Never Knew Existed

We can't wait to throw a few of these into conversation...

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​There are so many weird and wonderful words in the English Dictionary which are rarely used, and some of them sound like they come straight out of a Roald Dahl book! We promise we didn't make these up.

​How many of these words did you already know?

 1. Balter 

Definition: Dancing clumsily without any particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment.        Use it: 'I don't dance, I balter.'

2. Defenestrate

Definition: Throwing a person or thing out of a window.                                                                                  Use it: 'Howard made me so cross, I had to fight the urge to defenestrate him.'

3. Nibling                                                                                                                                                                          Definition: The gender-neutral term for nieces or nephews                                                                         Use it: 'How many niblings do you have?'

4. Callipygian                                                                                                                                                Definition: Having a shapely bottom.                                                                                                                           Use it: 'My new gardener has callipygian features.'

5. Griffonage                                                                                                                                               Definition: Careless or illegible handwriting.                                                                                                                  Use it: 'I can never read Rupert's griffonage.'

6. Steatopygic                                                                                                                                              Definition: Having a large bottom.                                                                                                                                 Use it: 'Roger's new wife has a rather bad case of steatopygia.'

7. Snollygoster                                                                                                                                                      Definition: An unscrupulous, untrustworthy person.                                                                                          Use it: 'Ooh I wouldn't trust that snollygoster further than I could throw him'.

8. Dysania                                                                                                                                                                      Definition: The state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.                                                     Use it: 'Sorry I'm late for work, I suffer from Dysania.'

9. Hullabaloo                                                                                                                                                                            Definition: A commotion or a fuss/another word for kerfuffle!                                                                         Use it: 'What's all the hullabaloo about?'

10. Pentapopemptic                                                                                                                                               Definition: A person who has been divorced five times.  Use it: 'Did you know that Frank is a pentapopemptic?'

11. Cancatervate

Definition: Heaping things into a pile.

Use it: 'Please tidy up properly – don't just cancatervate everything!

12. Paresthesia

Definition: The prickly feeling when your limb 'falls asleep' – also known as pins and needles!

Use it: 'Can you go and get it? I can't – I have paresthesia.'

10. Pentapopemptic

Definition: A person who has been divorced five times. 

Use it: 'Did you know that Frank is a pentapopemptic?'

11. Cancatervate

Definition: Heaping things into a pile.

Use it: 'Please tidy up properly – don't just cancatervate everything!

12. Paresthesia

Definition: The prickly feeling when your limb 'falls asleep' – also known as pins and needles!

Use it: 'Can you go and get it? I can't – I have paresthesia.'

13. Whippersnapper

Definition: A young and inexperienced person considered to be overconfident. 

Use it: 'Stop being a whippersnapper young lady!'

14. Discombobulate

Definition: Another word for confuse

Use it: 'Well, this is all a little discombobulating!'

15. Ailurophile

Definition: A cat lover.

Use it: 'I don't trust ailurophiles.'

16. Krukolibidinous

Definition: Looking at someone's crotch.

Use it: 'I've had to stop going to male ballets, as I just can't control how krukolibidinous I am.

17. Pogonotrophy

Definition: The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

Use it: 'Sue spends a lot of time in Shoreditch as she is such a fan of pogonotrophy.'

18. Cachinnate

Definition: To laugh very, very loudly. 

Use it: 'We had such a great time, we just couldn't stop cachinnating!'

19. Phosphene

Definition: The stars or dots you see when you rub your eyes.

Use it: 'I can't see clearly due to all the phosphenes'

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