Word of the day

Abapical – lowest point, opposite of apex.

Abask –  in the sunshine, basking.

Abatjour – lampshade; eyeshade; device like a reflector or skylight  to direct light into a room.

Abditory – a safe repository for valuables; place for hiding or preserving articles of value.

Abducent – turning away; bearing away from; push from; drive from or apart; drawing away, as by the action of a muscle; pertaining to a movement away from the median line of the body;  a small motor nerve supplying the lateral rectus muscle of the eye.

Aberglaube – belief in things beyond the certain and verifiable; superstition.

Aberuncator – long handled tool for pruning tall branches; a pruning device mounted on a pole, to reach high branches; a weeding machine.

Abibliophobia –  fear of running out of reading material.

Abligurition – extravagant or prodigal expense on food and drink; spending  in luxurious indulgence.

Abjure – solemnly renounce; recant, repudiate, retract; turn away from; swear off.

Ablegate – to banish; send away, abroad or to a distance; a papal envoy who has important duties abroad.

Abligurition – prodigal expense on food and drink.

Abluent – carrying off or washing away impurities;  cleanser or cleaning products.

Abnegation – self-denial; the action of refusing,  renouncing or rejecting something.

Abodement – an omen; foreboding; foretelling; a sense of an evil that has not yet taken place but is to come.

Aboulomania – pathological indecisiveness; paralysis of the will;mental derangement accompanied by greatly weakened or abolished will power.

Abreption – The action of snatching something away; sudden seizure; complete separation or removal; an instance of this.

Abscissin – plant hormone which triggers the fall of autumn leaves.

Absonous – discordant; inharmonious; out of tune; dissonant; incongruous.

Absquatulate – leave or depart abruptly, abscond; flee; make off with something or someone.

Absterge – to make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; to purge.

Abulia –  loss or deficiency of will power, initiative, drive, ability to make decisions or act independently; reduction in speech, movement, thought, and emotional reaction, often as the result of a stroke.

Aby –  to pay the penalty for; make amends, expiate, atone for; redeem; suffer, endure.

Acalculia – inability to work with numbers; an acquired impairment characterised by difficulty in performing mathematical tasks.

Acarine  – a small arachnid of the order Acari ; a mite or tick; of like or relating to, or denoting, acarines.

Acatalepsy  – the incomprehensibility of all things; the doctrine held by the ancient Skeptic philosophers, that human knowledge never amounts to certainty, but only to probability; real or apparent impossibility of arriving at certain knowledge or full comprehension; uncertainty in the diagnosis or prognosis of diseases; a weak understanding; mental deficiency.

Accidia – generally careless; sleepy, comfortable habit of mind often accompanied by self-indulgence; a state of listlessness or torpor; not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world.

Accismus: a type of coyness when someone feigns disinterest in something/someone in who s/her actually desires.

Acclimate – to accustom or become accustomed to a new environment or situation; adapt; respond physiologically or behaviourally to a change in a single environmental factor.

Acclivity – an ascending or upward slope; incline.

Accolent – one who dwells near by, neighbour.

Ackamarackus – pretentious or deceptive nonsense ; a tall story, a hackneyed tale, humbug;  malarkey.

Acknow – to recognise;  acknowledge; confess knowledge of.

Acrasia – excess; intemperance; lack of self-control.

Acrasial  – ill-mannered, ill-regulated; ill-tempered; lacking self-control;  intemperate.

Accidence  – the part of grammar that deals with inflections; the fundamentals of any subject; a book of the fundamentals of a subject.

Accretion- the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual external addition, fusion, inclusion or accumulation of additional layers or matter;  a thing formed or added by such growth or increase; asset growth through internal expansion or acquisition.

Acedia  – sloth; spiritual torpor or indifference; apathy.

Ackamarackus – pretentious or deceptive nonsense ; a tall story, a hackneyed tale, humbug;  malarkey.

Acyrologia  – inappropriate, inexact or improper use of a word,particularly replacing one word with another word that sounds similar; absurd or humorous misuse of a word; malapropism.

Acyrology – incorrect use of language or words, especially the use of malapropisms.

Addlepated – befuddled; confused; eccentric, peculiar.

Adimpleate – fill up.

Adonize – to adorn, beautify or titivate; dandify; make somebody, especially a man, look more appealing.

Adorkable – socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way; cutely nerdy or nerdily cute; a combination of adorable and dork.

Adoxography -skilled writing on a trivial topic.

Adscititious – forming an addition or supplement; not integral; not inherent or essential; added or derived from an external source; additional.

Adumbrate – to give a sketchy outline, prefigure indistinctly; foreshadow; to disclose partially or guardedly;  overshadow, shadow or obscure.

Adventitious – added extrinsically; arising or occurring sporadically or in other than the usual location; not essentially inherent or innate; happening or carried on according to chance rather than design; coming from outside, imported, not native; accidental or acquired; not natural or hereditary; adventitial.

Adversative – word or phrase expressing opposition, antithesis  or adverse circumstance.

Advesperate – to draw towards evening, grow dark, become night.

Aeoloist – a pretender to inspiration; a pompous, windy bore who pretends to have inspiration or spiritual insight.

Aesculapian – relating to physicians or medicine; a qualified practitioner of medicine; a physician.

Aestival – of, belonging to or appearing or occurring in summer.

Aether/æther – the ancient Greek personification of the clear upper air of the sky; the poetic personification of the clear upper air breathed by the Olympians.

Aestive –  of or pertaining to summer, summer-like, summer; hot, burning.

Aetiology – the investigation or attribution of the cause or reason for something, often expressed in terms of historical or mythical explanation; the philosophy or study of causation; the cause or study of the cause of disease.

Afreet – an evil and powerful jinni, demon or monster in Arabian and Muslim mythology.

Affineur – the person responsible for the ripening or maturation of cheese in a climate-controlled room.

Agathism -the doctrine or belief that all things tend or incline towards ultimate good , although the intermediate means may be evil.Aggrandise – to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend; increase the power, status, or wealth of; enhance the reputation of beyond what is justified by the facts.

Agelast – someone who never laughs, a mirthless person.

Agerasia – the quality of not growing old; the absence of the signs of age; youthful appearance in someone/thing old.

Ageusia – the loss of taste functions of the tongue, particularly the inability to detect sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami; the absence or impairment of the sense of taste.

Aggrandise – to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend; increase the power, status, or wealth of; enhance the reputation of beyond what is justified by the facts.

Aggravistle – the small and inaccessible piece of steak that clings between the teeth and refuses to dislodge despite constant agitation, causing continuous discomfort and extreme annoyance.

Aggress – to initiate an onslaught, war, quarrel, or fight; to commit the first act of hostility or offence; make an attack; go on the offensive.

Agitprop – agitation and  propaganda, especially political and supportive of communism disseminated chiefly through art, drama, literature or music.

Agley – askew, awry.

Agnification – the depiction or representation of people as lambs or sheep.

Agnoiology – the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data; the study of the nature of ignorance or of what it is impossible to know; a particular theory concerning this;  theory of ignorance.

Agonistarch – one  who trained people to compete in public games and contests in Ancient Greece.

Agroecology an ecological approach to agriculture that views agricultural areas as ecosystems and is concerned with the ecological impact of agricultural practices;  scientific discipline that uses ecological theory to study, design, manage and evaluate agricultural systems that are productive but also resource conserving.

Ague – malaria or another illness involving fever and shivering; fever or shivering fit or shaking chills, accompanied by malaise, pains in the bones and joints.

Ahenny –  the way people stand when examining other people’s bookshelves; the awkward, head-tilted, sideways position adopted when reading the spines of books on a bookcase.

Aidos –  the ancient Greek concept of shame, modesty, or reverence, esp. as a motivating force; a personification or representation of this as a goddess, especially in art. (From the Greek goddess of shame, modesty, and humility, Aidos).

Ailurophile – cat lover.

Ahimsa – Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu doctrine of non-violence and avoidance of killing or causing harm to any living thing; respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others.

Akrasia – the state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgement through weakness of will; acting in a way contrary to one’s sincerely held moral values.

Alarmisist – someone who causes by direct conflict or by interjecting false conflict in a situation to purposely cause alarm in others.

Aleatoric – dependent on chance, luck or an uncertain outcome; of or characterised by gambling; music in which elements traditionally determined by the composer are determined either by a process of random selection chosen by the composer or by the exercise of choice by the performer/s; indeterminate.

Alembic -anything that transforms, purifies, distils or refines; apparatus consisting of two vessels connected by a tube, formerly used for distilling liquids; a device that purifies or alters by a process comparable to distillation.

Alerion – a small bird of the eagle tribe, depicted in heraldry as without a beak or feet.

Alexiteric – resisting poison; obviating the effects of venom;  preservative against contagious and infectious diseases, and the effects of poison in general.

 Alexithymia – difficulty identifying feelings and distinguishing between feelings and the bodily sensations of emotional arousal; difficulty in experiencing, expressing, and describing emotional responses; a personality construct characterised by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions.

Algerining –  prowling around with the intent to commit burglary.

Aliment – food; nourishment, nutriment, sustenance; maintenance; alimony.

Allegator –  one who alleges.

Allegiant – loyal, faithful; loyalty or the obligation of loyalty; duty that was owed by a vassal to his feudal lord; the obligation of support and loyalty to one’s ruler, government, or country; a faithful follower; adherent.

Allenarly  – solely, only.

Alftazimuth – a telescope mounting that moves in azimuth (about a vertical axis) and in altitude (about a horizontal axis; an instrument for establishing the altitude and asimuth of the stars and planets; the coordinate system in which a celestial object’s position is described in terms of its altitude and azimuth; a surveying instrument for measuring vertical and horizontal angles, resembling a theodolite but larger and more precise.

Allocution – formal speech, especially one of an authoritative, incontrovertible or hortatory nature; the formal inquiry by a judge of an accused person, convicted of a crime, as to whether the person has any legal cause to show why judgment should not be pronounced against him or her or as to whether the person has anything to say to the court before being sentenced; a pronouncement delivered by the pope to a secret consistory, especially on a matter of policy or of general importance.

Allotriophagy – a depraved appetite; desire for improper food; craving for strange foods.

Alterity,  – the fact or state of being other or different;  diversity, difference, otherness; an instance of this;  the entity in contrast to which an identity is constructed.

Alterocentric – someone whose life normally rotates around other people; young animals that depend on their mothers for food and protection.

Altschmerz – old pain; weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years, which leaves them soggy and tasteless and inert, with nothing interesting left to think about, nothing left to do but spit them out and wander off to the backyard, ready to dig up some fresher pain you might have buried long ago.

Ambage – ambiguity; circumlocution ; round about way of doing something.

Ambagious – a winding pathway; roundabout, indirect ways of talking or doing things; circuitous.

Amarulence – bitterness; spite.

Amative –  strongly moved by love and especially  sexual love;  indicative of or displaying love;: of, relating or inclined towards love.

Ambisinister – having two left hands; the inability to perform acts requiring manual skill with either hand; clumsy, awkward or  inept with both hands.

Ambodexter – one able to play with either hand.

Ambsace –bad luck, misfortune; the smallest amount or distance; the lowest throw at dice, the double ace (two ones).

Ambulant –  continually active; walking or moving about from place to place, itinerant; able to walk, not confined to bed.

Amigo/a – friend.

Amphigory – a nonsensical piece of writing, usually in verse, especially one that parodies a serious piece of writing; a nonsense verse or composition; a rigmarole with apparent meaning which proves to be meaningless.

Amplitude  – in navigation, the arc of the horizon between east and a body when it is rising, and west and a body when it is setting; the angular distance of a celestial object from the true east or west point of the horizon at rising or setting; the maximum extent of a vibration or oscillation, measured from the position of equilibrium; one half the full extent of a vibration, oscillation, or wave.

Anabiosis – resurrection; restoration to life after death or apparent death.

Anachronaut – a person who re-enacts several time periods and is inclined to introduce articles from these activities into the steampunk world.; a person who enjoys speaking and/or behaving in an achronistic fashion.

Anaclitic – relating to or characterised by a strong emotional dependence on another or others; having a physical and emotional dependence on another person, especially relating to the dependence of an infant on a mother or surrogate mother; of, relating to, or characterised by the direction of love toward an object or person that satisfies nonsexual needs.

Anacoluthia – an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another; lack of grammatical sequence or coherence, especially in a sentence.

Anacampserote – something which can bring back a lost love;  herb feigned to restore departed love.

Analemmaa scale shaped like the figure 8, showing the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year; a scale (as on a globe or sundial) based on such a plot that shows the sun’s position for each day of the year or that allows local mean time to be determined.

Androcracy –  a social or political system dominated or ruled by men.

Anecdotard  – an old man given to telling tales.

Anele – anoint someone, especially as part of the Christian rite of giving extreme unction to the dying.

Anfractuosity – having many twists and turns; a winding, circuitous, or intricate channel, crevice, passage, surface or process.

Anfractuous – sinuous or circuitous; full of twists and intricate turnings; tortuous; roundabout.

Anguilliform – resembling or shaped like an eel.

Anguish – severe phyical or mental pain.

Animadversion – adverse or harsh criticism or disapproval; unfavourable remark, censure; a critical and usually censorious remark.

Animadvert – comment critically or unfavourably;  express criticism; pass censure.

Animadvert – pass criticism or censure on; speak out against; comment unfavorably or critically; a critical or censorious remark.

Anniversary – the date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year; the date on which a couple were married in a previous year; the yearly recurrence of the date of a past event; the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event;  a date that follows such an event by a specified period of time measured in units other than years.

Anoesis –  mere reception of impressions without understanding or intellectual effort; a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content; not subject to conscious attention; having an indefinite, relatively passive, conscious being.

Anomia – the inability to recall names of people or objects or to recognise the written or spoken names of objects.

Anomie – lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group; social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values; personal unrest, alienation, and anxiety that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.

Anonymuncle –  an unknown writer, a failed novelist.

Anserine – of or pertaining to the subfamily Anserinae, of the family Anatidae, comprising the true geese; of or resembling a goose; gooselike; stupid, foolish, silly.

Antapology – a reply or response to an apology.

Antediluvian –  of or belonging to the period before the flood; very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive.

Antepone – to put or set before; prefer.

Antipelargy  – reciprocal or mutual kindness; love and care of children for their parents.

Anthophilous – loving, feeding on or frequenting flowers.

Antilogy – a contradiction in terms or ideas; an opposition in thoughts, views, statements, and/or words; an inconsistency in syllogisms, of a person or group supposedly of one set of ideals.

 Antithalian – opposed to fun or festivity.

Anzac – official acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps; a soldier in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps; anyone, especially a member of the armed services, from Australia or New Zealand; a biscuit popular in Australia and New Zealand whose ingredients include rolled oats, flour, coconut, sugar, butter and golden syrup.

Apocryphal – of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true; often considered to be true, but probably false; of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious; of or belonging to the Apocrypha.

Apolaustic  – dedicated or devoted to enjoyment; pertaining to taste or enjoyment; agreeable.

Apostasy – the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle; a total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles, party, or cause;  political revolt or defection.

Apothegm – a short, witty, and instructive saying; concise formulation or maxim;  pithy, cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth;an aphorism.

Apotheosis – elevation to divine rank or stature or to a pre-eminent or transcendent position; deification; an exalted or glorified example; a model of excellence or perfection of a kind; the highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax.

Appetency – an eager desire; longing; instinctive inclination;  natural bond; attraction.

Apocrisiary – a delegate or deputy; especially, the pope’s nuncio or legate at Constantinople; a person appointed to give answers.

Apoplexed – affected with apoplexy; paralysed; benumbed.

Appolloian – of or relating to Apollo or his cult; harmonious; serene; ordered ; denoting or relating to the set of static qualities that encompass form, reason, harmony, sobriety; the power of critical reason as opposed to the creative-intuitive.

Aposiopesis – suddenly breaking off of a thought while speaking as if unable or unwilling to finish; leaving a thought incomplete usually by a suddenly and deliberately leaving a sentence unfinished; an unfinished thought or broken sentence.

Appoggiatura – a grace note which delays the next note of the melody, taking half or more of its written time value; an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size.

Apostasy –  the abandonment or renunciation of , desertion or straying from, or leaving a religious or political belief, cause or principle; defection.

Apposite – highly appropriate and well-suited to the circumstance; apt; of striking relevance.

Appurtenant–   appertaining, belonging, pertaining or pertinent; something added to another, more important thing; relating to something that is added but is not essential; an appendage a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to and passing with a principal property.

Apricity – the warmth of the sun on a cold winter’s day.

Aquabib – a water drinker; teetotaler; one who doesn’t drink alcohol.

Arcanum – deep secret,; mystery; a supposed great secret of nature that the alchemists sought to discover;  information known only to a special group; mysterious or specialised knowledge, language, or information accessible or possessed only by the initiate; a secret and powerful remedy.

Aretalogy – a narrative of the miraculous deeds of a god or hero; a form of sacred biography in which a deity’s attributes are listed, in the form of poem or text, in the first person.

Arenicolous  – burrowing, growing or living in sand or sandy places.

Argonaut – a paper nautilus; small floating octopus, the female of which has webbed sail-like arms and secretes a thin coiled papery shell in which the eggs are laid; a member of the band of men who sailedto Colchis with Jason in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece; aperson in quest of something dangerous but rewarding; adventurer.

Argute – sharp, shrill; shrewd; sagacious; acute; subtle.

Armamentarium – the medicines, equipment, and techniques available to a medical practitioner;  collection of resources available for a certain purpose; the aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one’s duties.

Armistice – an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time;  temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of warring parties; truce.

Aroha -affection, sympathy, charity, compassion, love, empathy;  to love, feel pity, feel concern for, feel compassion, empathise.

Arreptitious  – ecstatic; liable to raptures; frantic; hasty or hurried; snatched away; seized or possessed;raving; mad; crack-brained.

Arriviste – a new and uncertain arrival; self-seeking person who has recently acquired unaccustomed wealth, social status or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem; person who has recently attained high position or great power but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart; social climber; a bounder.

Arsle – to move backwards; resile, recoil, retreat, or draw back; the desire to constantly fidget or become distracted by other thoughts, as opposed to focusing on the moment.

Ascesis – rigorous self-denial; active self-restraint; the practice or exercise of self-discipline.

Askhole –  someone with a propensity for asking stupid, pointless and/or obnoxious questions; one who constantly asks for advice with no intention of taking it.

Asportation – the detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, formerly an essential component of the crime of larceny; the felonious removal of goods from the place where they were deposited; theft.

Assart – a piece of land converted from forest to arable use; the  act or offense of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying the thickets or coverts of a forest; to grub up trees and bushes to make land arable.

Asseverate – to affirm, aver or declare positively or earnestly or with solemnity.

Assiduous – Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive; performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent.

Asterism – an ingeniously polite insult or deriding of another; genteel irony; polite mockery.

Asthenia – abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy; loss of strength, debility.

Astonied – deprived briefly of the power to act; dazed, stunned; filled with consternation or dismay; astonished; bewildered.

Asymptote – a straight line that continually approaches a given curve but does not meet it at any finite distance; a line which is tangent to a curve at infinity.

Ataraxy – a state of serene calmness; a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity; of or relating to a drug or other agent that has a tranquillising effect.

Atavistic – recurrence in an organism of a trait or character typical of an ancestral form and usually due to genetic recombination;recurrence of or reversion to a past style, manner, outlook, approach, or activity.

Atelier – a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist, artisan or designer.

Atrabilious – inclined to melancholy, gloomy; having a peevish disposition; surly, irritable; ill-natured.

Atticism – concise and elegant expression or diction; a witty or well-turned phrase;  the style or idiom of Attic Greek occurring in another dialect or language; attachment to Athens or to the style and customs.

Atychiphobia – the abnormal, unwarranted, and persistent fear of failure; fear of not being good enough.

Aubade – a song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking dawn; a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone; poem or song of or about lovers separating at dawn.

Autarkic –  self-sufficient, especially economic, as applied to a nation; independent of imports.

Autarky – economic independence or self-sufficiency; a policy of national self-sufficiency and non-reliance on imports or economic aid; policy to have a closed economy and not allow any external trade; a self-sufficient region or country.

Autolatry – self-worship.

Automaticity – the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit, usually the result of learning, repetition, and practice; done unconsciously or from force of habit; mechanical; the state or quality of being spontaneous, involuntary, or self-regulating; having the capability of starting, operating, moving, etc., independently; occurring independently of volition, as certain muscular actions; the capacity of a cell to initiate an impulse without an external stimulus; a property of specialised excitable tissue that allows self-activation through spontaneous development of an action potential, as in the pacemaker cells of the heart.

Autexousious  – exercising or possessing free will.

Autochthonous –    indigenous rather than descended from migrants or colonists; native to the place inhabited; formed or originating in the place where found.

Autothaumaturgist – one who pretends to be mystical or mysterious.

Avaunt – be gone; depart; go away.

Avuluse – to cut, pull, separate or tear away forcibly.

Babag – argument or fight; barrier, blockade,  hazard, obstruction; thwart.

Baccivorous  – eating or subsisting on berries.

Badaud – an idle, markedly stupid individual who believes just about anything and is a half-witted gossip; a person given to idle observation of everything, with wonder or astonishment; a credulous or gossipy idler.

Back – the rear surface of the human body from the shoulders to the hips; the side or part of something that is away from the spectator or from the direction in which it moves or faces; the rear; in the opposite direction from the one that one is facing or travelling towards; so as to return to an earlier or normal position or condition; from or relating to the past; of or at the rear of something;  cover the back of (an article) in order to support, protect, or decorate it;  give financial, material, or moral support to.



Backarapper – a firework made from firecrackers folded together to explode one after the other.

Badinage – playful or frivolous  banter,  raillery or  repartee; to banter with or tease (someone) playfully.

Bafflegab – bureaucratic, confusing or generally unintelligible jargon; incomprehensible or pretentious verbiage; gobbledygook.

Balatron – a joker, clown, babbler, buffoon.

Balbutiate – to stutter or stammer; the stoppages and disruptions in fluency which interrupt the smooth flow and timing of speech.

Baldric – a belt for a sword or other piece of equipment, worn over one shoulder and reaching down to the opposite hip; belt, usually of ornamented leather, worn across the chest to support a sword or bugle.

Balneotherapy – the treatment of disease by bathing, particularly in mineral springs or natural waters.

Balter – to dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment;  tumble;  become tangled or matted; tread down in a clumsy manner;  tangle; clot; mat (as in the hair).

Banausic –  mundane, routine, common, ordinary, undistinguished; dull and insipid.

Bandersnatch – an imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition; a person of uncouth or unconventional habits, attitudes, etc., especially one considered a menace, nuisance, or the like.

Banterous – a person or situation steeped in good-natured and usually witty and animated joking.

Barathrum – a bottomless pit;  hell; an abyss; an insatiable person.

Baragouin –  language so altered as to be unintelligible; outlandish, unintelligible speech; gibberish.

Barbigerous – bearded, hairy.

Barmecide – illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing; lavish or plentiful in imagination only; sham; a person who offers benefits that are illusory or disappointing.

Barrage – a concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area; a vigorous or rapid outpouring or projection of many things at once ; to bombard (someone) with questions, criticisms, or complaints; an artificial barrier across a river or estuary to prevent flooding, aid irrigation or navigation, or to generate electricity by tidal power.

Barrator – one who habitually enters into quarrels and law-suits, incites litigation or spreads false rumours.

Barratry – vexatious litigation or incitement to it; offence of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones;  trade in the sale of church or state appointments; fraud or gross criminal negligence by a captain or crew at the expense of a ship’s owner or of the owner of a ship’s cargo.

Bas-bhualadh (Gaelic) – extol by clapping hands; clap hands from joy or grief.

Bashment – a large celebration, party or dance; a dance hall; an up-tempo style of popular music derived from dancehall and ragga; any kind of Jamaican music, any jam sessions.

Basilic – royal; kingly;  of a basilica, basilican; designating or of a large vein of the upper arm, on the inner side of the biceps muscle.

Basorexia – an overwhelming or uncontrollable inner push or uncontrollable urge to kiss or neck.

Batrachomyomachy – a tempest in a teacup, making a mountain out of a molehill; petty quarrel.; the battle between the frogs and mice, a comic epic or parody of the Iliad.

Batta – a special allowance; extra pay; rate of exchange; discount on disused coins; subsistence money (as for a witness or prisoner); maintenance or travelling expenses of an employee.

Battologist – one who needlessly and tiresomely repeats the same thing in speaking or writing.

Battology- needless or futile repetition of words in speaking or writing.

Bauble – a small, showy ornament of little value; a trinket; something of trifling appeal; mock scepter carried by a court jester.

Bavin – a bundle of brushwood or kindling used for fuel, for making a broom,  or in fences or drains;  a fagot bound with only one band; anything useless.

Bdelygmia – litany of abuse, series of critical epithets, descriptions, or attributes.

Bebother –  bring extreme trouble upon.

Begorra – an interjection or mild minced oath regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people; a euphemistic alteration of  “by God”.

 Begrumpled – not very happy; most unhappy or displeased.

Behoof – advantage, benefit, use.

Benedick – a newly married man, especially one who was a confirmed bachelor.

Beneficence – practice of doing good; the state or quality of being kind, charitable, or beneficial; active goodness; feeling beneficent; a charitable act or gift.

Benefit – an advantage or profit gained from something/someone; a public performance or other entertainment, the profit from which is donated to a charitable cause; a payment or gift from an employer, insurance company or state; financial assistance in time of need; to receive advantage or gain from; to bring advantage to.

Benighted – overtaken by darkness;  in a state of pitiful or contemptible intellectual, moral or social ignorance or darkness; unenlightened.

Benison – blessing, benediction.

Benthos – the flora and fauna on the bottom, or in the bottom sediments, of a sea or lake; the community of organisms which live on, in, or near the seabed.

Beshrew – curse; invoke evil upon.

Bescumber – to spray with excrement, to discharge ordure or dung upon.

Betimes – before the usual or expected time, early; in good time; seasonably; Promptly, speedily; once in a while, occasionally.

Bibacious – overly fond or addicted to drinking.

Bibelot – a small, decorative ornament or trinket; a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity; a miniature book, especially one that is finely crafted.

Bilharzia – a human parasitic flat worm in the fluke or Trematode order; a chronic disease, endemic in parts of Africa and South America, caused by infestation with blood flukes (schistosomes); a blood fluke.

Bioluminescence – the biochemical emission of light by living organisms such as glow-worms and deep-sea fish.

Biometeorology – The study of the relationship between atmospheric conditions, such as temperature and humidity, and living organisms; study into how weather affects people.

BIWI – because I’m worth it; a state in which sufferers believe the world owes them a living; the belief someone has of deserving something without earning it; a mutant strain of eligibility that promotes self interest and erodes the will for self sufficiency; entitilitus.

Blague – humbug, pretentious nonsense; practical joke, playful deception.

Blatteroon – a senseless babbler, a person who won’t stop talking.

Blessing – the act of one who blesses; a short prayer said before or after a meal; grace; something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity; a boon; a happy event or state of affairs; approbation; approval.

Blesson – a  life experience that shows up as a challenge and then is understood to be both a lesson and a blessing

Bletcherous – disgusting in design or function; aesthetically unappealing.

Bliss – perfect joy, utter happiness; something causing such happiness; heaven.

Bloggbävning – blog quake; the process by which a topic explodes in the blogosphere and is then picked up by more mainstream media outlets.

Blossom – a flower or mass of flowers on a tree or bush, the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.; to produce a flower or mass of flowers, the state of flowering;  to come into flower. to appear, change, grow, or develop; come to a promising stage.

Bloviate: speak or write in a pompous manner; to discourse verbosely and windily; talk at length in an inflated or empty way.

Blusterfest – a gathering notable for loud, aggressive, or indignant talk with little effect.

Bodacious -excellent, admirable, or attractive; remarkable; prodigious; audacious; gutsy;  bold or brazen; sexy; voluptuous.

Bodewash – cattle dung.

Bodger – – a wood-carver or wood turner, specifically one who makes chairs from beechwood; a labourer who traditionally lived and worked in the forest, making chairs from felling trees; one who makes or builds something from a mishmash of found or improvised materials; an expert in bodging; worthless or second-rate.

Bogglish – to be uncertain or  doubtful about something; to be a wee bit skittish.

Boketto – gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking.

Bombilate – loudy hum or buzz continuously.

Bomb – an explosive weapon detonated by impact, proximity to an object, a timing mechanism, or other means; a projectile, formerly usually spherical, filled with a bursting charge and exploded by means of a fuse, by impact, or otherwise, now generally designed to be dropped from an aircraft.; any similar missile or explosive device used as a weapon, to disperse crowds; a vessel for compressed gases; something really bad; a failure; a very long pass or shot in sport; explode by means of a bomb or explosive; bombard; to deliberately cause (a computer system) to fail with a programme written for the purpose.

Bombaster  – one given to bombast; one who stuffs or pads things; one with a predilection for grandiose or overpowering expression.

Bonza  – excellent; very good, wonderful.

Booboisie – a segment of the general populace composed of the uneducated and uncultured; a group or class of people regarded as foolish or stupid.

Boondoggling – the act of pretending to be busy.

Boreen (Irish) – a country lane;  narrow, frequently unpaved, rural road in Ireland.

Bootless – ineffectual; useless; unavailing; without advantage or benefit.

Bouffage – an enjoyable or satisfying meal.

Boulevardier – a wealthy, fashionable socialite; man aobut town; frequenter of the Parisian boulevards.

Bouleversement –  convulsion, overthrow, overturning, ruin, turmoil, tumult, violent uproar or disturbance, upset.

Boustrophedon – designating or of an ancient form of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and left to right; turning like an ox when ploughing.

Bowyang – a cord or strap tied around a worker’s trousers just below the knee.

Brabble – quibble; argue stubbornly about trifles or petty things; wrangle; noisy, quarrelsome chatter.

Braw – grand, super; fine or fine looking; dressed in a splendid manner or gaudy fashion.

Brillig – a nonce word explained by Humpty Dumpty as four o’clock in the afternoon — the time when you begin broiling things for dinner

Brobdingnagian – colossal, huge, immense, enoromous.

Brontide – the low rumbling sound of distant thunder, probably caused by seismic activity.

Bruit – spread a report or rumour widely; to noise abroad; a rumour; clamour, din. loud outcry; an abnormal sound heard in auscultation.

Brujo –  warlock, wizard, , shaman, sorcerer; witch doctor, especially : one that works black magic.

 Brumal – indicative of, occurring in or pertaining to winter; wintry.

Brummagem – a showy but cheap, inferior and worthless thing; Counterfeit; gaudy; meretricious; relating to Birmingham or the dialect of English spoken there.

Brumous – filled or abounding with fog or mist; of grey skies and wintry days; relating to winter days or cold, sunless weather.

Budget – an estimate of expected income and expenditure for a set period of time; a plan of operations based on such an estimate; an estimate of costs, revenues, and resources over a specified period, reflecting a reading of future financial conditions and goals; an itemized allotment of funds, time, etc., for a given period; the total sum of money set aside or needed for a purpose; a limited stock or supply of something.

Bugaboo –  something that causes baseless fear or worry;  imaginary object of obsessive, usually exaggerated alarm, fear or anxiety; bugbear; false belief used to intimidate.

Bumfuzzle – to confuse.

Bunyip – a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes; an impostor or pretender; counterfeit; phony.

BureauPrat – Professional scientist/clinician who has joined the administrative workforce.

Busachd – the deformity of blubber lips.

Bushwa – rubbish; nonsense; baloney; bunkum, hooey, bull.

Cacaesthesia –  morbid sensation; abnormal dysfunctional sensations on the skin; such as numbness, tingling, prickling, or a burning or cutting pain; heightened sensitivity.

Cabas – a flat basket or frail for figs, etc.; woman’s work basket or handbag.

Cacemphaton – a harsh sounding word or phrase; combination of sounds producing an illsounding, unpleasant or vulgar utterance.

Cachinnate – to laugh loudly and immoderately, inappropriately or too much.

Cacodoxy – erroneous doctrine; heresy; heterodoxy; incorrect opinions.

Cacoethes –  irresistible desire to do something inadvisable; an uncontrollable urge, especially for something harmful; mania.

Cacography – bad hand writing or spelling.

Cacoethes  – bad habit; insaitable urge; uncontrolled desire; mania.

Cacology – socially unacceptable diction, faulty pronunciation, defective speech, poor choice of words.

Cacophonous involving or producing a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds; having an annoying, unpleasant sound; marked by cacophony.

Caducity – the infirmity of old age; senility; frailty or transitory nature;  quality or state of being perishable; impermanence.

Cafuné, – (Portuguese) – to tenderly run your fingers through someone’s hair; to run your fingers through your mate’s hair in an affectionate manner; head caress.

Cakeage – a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake that they have not supplied themselves.

Calisthenical – addicted to exercise or calisthenics;  skilled or talented in callisthenics; beautiful or graceful in respect of physical movement.

Caliphate – an Islamic state led by a caliph, a political and religious leader who is a successor to the Islamic prophet Muhammad and whose power and authority is absolute; the office or jurisdiction of a caliph.

Calumny – the making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander;  act of uttering false charges maliciously or a misrepresentation intended to harm another’s reputation.

Calyculus – a small cup-shaped structure; a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus.

Cambrist –  an individual with above-average knowledge of the foreign exchange market;  anyone who deals with currencies and foreign exchange on a regular basis and is adept at recognising factors and situations that affect foreign exchange.

Canaille – the common people, proletariat; the masses; mob, rabble; riffraff.

Canorous – pleasant sounding; richly melodious; musical, tuneful; resonant.

Canossa – a place or occasion of submission, humiliation, or penance ; a village of north-central Italy in the Apennines where the Holy Roman emperor Henry IV did penance.

Carom – to strike and rebound; to glance; a rebound following a collision; a glancing off; a shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls; a shot in pool in which an object ball strikes another ball before falling into a pocket.

Caseifaction – the act of turning into cheese.

Casuistry  – specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalise or mislead; the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by analyzing cases that illustrate general ethical rules; resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty, or conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine.

Caitiff –   a base, cowardly, evil or mean person; cowardly; despicable; mean.

Cattywampus – askew, awry; in disarray or disorder; not directly across from nor adjacent to.

Cavil – make or raise irritating, petty or unnecessary objections; oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections; find fault with unnecessarily.

Celebreation –  celebrating while eating. Hat tip: Craft is the New Black

Calliopean – resembling a calliope in sound; piercingly loud.

Callipygia – shapely buttocks (from ancient Greek).

Callithumpian – noisy demonstration; participant in a noisy mock serenade;   like a discordant band, a band of discordant instruments or a noisy parade; of, pertaining to, or resembling, a callithump; a member of an unspecified nonconformist religious sect;  a member of an unspecified political party or creed; a holder of any unspecified belief.

Camarilla –  a  small group of people, esp. a group of advisers to a ruler or politician, with a shared, typically nefarious, purpose; a usually secret group of confidential, often scheming advisers; a cabal.

Canard –  a false  or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report; a groundless rumor or belief;a  short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft.

Capisce – an interrogative phrase meaning get it, do you understand?

Capriole  – a movement performed in classical riding, in which the horse leaps from the ground with its forelegs well drawn in, kicks out with its hind legs in a horizontal position in the air, and then lands again on the same spot; a leap or caper in dancing, especially a cabriole.

Captious – Marked by an ill-natured inclination to stress shortcomings and raise objections; disposition to find and point out trivial faults;  calculated to confuse, entrap or entangle in argument.

Caritative – charitable, generous.

Catachresis – the use of a word in an incorrect way or in the wrong context; use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech; misuse or strained use of words, as in a mixed metaphor, occurring either in error or for rhetorical effect.

Catastrophize – view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is; – to imagine the worst possible outcome of an action or event; to think about a situation or event as being a catastrophe or having a having a potentially catastrophic outcome.

Cathexis – concentration or investment of mental energy on one particular idea, person, or object, especially to an unhealthy degree; the charge of psychic energy so invested.

Cavil – find fault unnecessarily; raise petty or trivial objections; a petty or trivial objection.

Celerity – rapidity of motion or action; quickness; swiftness of movement.

Ceilidh – an Irish or Scottish social gathering with traditional music, dancing, and storytelling.

Cellfish – talking on, looking at or playing with a phone when it is inconsiderate or inappropriate to do so.

Cerebration – working of the brain; the act or product of thinking; use of the power of reason.

Cervicalgia – in the neck.

Cerulean – deep, sky blue in colour; resembling the blue of the sky; a colour term that may be applied to certain colors with the hue ranging roughly between blue and cyan, overlapping with both.

Chad – a piece of waste material removed from card or tape by punching.

Chambradeese –  a parlour; best bedroom.

Champ – (of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action; to bite upon or grind;  fret impatiently; a biting or chewing action.

Charlatan – trickster, con artist, swindler, quack; person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception; person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses.

Charientism – an artfully veiled insult; a taunt softened by jest.

Charlatan – one who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a person who makes usually showy pretences to knowledge or ability; a person practising quackery or similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretence or deception; a person who attempts to deceive with false claims; a person who sells quack medicines, as from a platform in public places, attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc; a quack;  boastful unscrupulous pretender; mountebank, fraud, faker; swindler.

Chatoyant – of a gem, especially when cut en cabochon, showing a band of bright lustre caused by reflection from inclusions in the stone; having a changeable lustre or colour with an undulating narrow band of white light.

Chauvinist – one with a militant devotion to the glorification of one’s own country, fanatical patriotism; person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of her/his own gender, group or kind.

Cheeky – impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way; slightly rude or showing no respect, but often in a funny way;impertinently bold.

Chemonoia – chemophobia; an irrational aversion to or prejudice against chemicals or chemistry.

Cheese – the curd of milk separated from the whey and prepared as a food; a definite mass of this substance, often in the shape of a wheel or cylinder; something of similar shape or consistency, as a mass of pomace in cider-making;  partly digested milk curds sometimes spit up by infants; an important person (big cheese); to forge (an ingot or billet) into a cheese.

Chimerical – wildly fanciful, imaginary unreal; given to or indulging in fantasies; highly improbably, existing only as the product of unchecked imagination; fantastically visionary or improbable; given to fantastic schemes.

Chirality – asymmetric in such a way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable;  dissymmetry.

Chopine – a type of women’s platform shoe, originally used as a patten, clog, or overshoe to protect the shoes and dress from mud and street soil, that was popular in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries; a woman’s shoe worn in the 1500s and 1600s that featured a very high, thick sole; a shoe having a thick sole, usually of cork, suggesting a short stilt, worn especially by women in Europe after its introduction from Turkey.

Chthonic – about, belonging to or inhabiting the underworld; dwelling in or under the earth.

Cinerious – ashen; ash grey; gray tinged with black; resembling or consisting of ashes.

Cingular – of or pertaining to a cingulum, an anatomical band or girdle on an animal or plant; encircling, girdling, surrounding.

Circumbendibus – a roundabout route or process;  a roundabout, indirect, or confusing manner of speech or writing; circumlocution.

Clappermaclaw – to claw or scratch; to scold.

Claque – a group of fawning admirers; group of sycophantic followers; people hired to applaud at a performance.

Clepe – to call, name; give a specified name.

Clepsydra – an ancient time-measuring device worked by a flow of water; an ancient device for measuring time by the flow of water or mercury through a small aperture; water clock.

Clinquant – glittering; especially with tinsel; tinsel; imitation gold leaf; decked with garish finery.

Clodpole – an awkward, or clumsy person; a foolish or stupid person; blockhead.

Cobber – friend, mate.

Coccydynia – pain in the coccyx, tailbone or butt.

Cocinnous – neat, elegant; harmonious.

Cockalorum – a self-important man; a small man with an unduly high opinion of himself; a boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow; boastful talk; braggadocio.

Cockamamie -ridiculous, implausible; ludicrous; nonsensical; trifling; nearly valueless.

Cocker – a small spaniel of a breed with a silky coat; to pamper, spoil or coddle.

Coherentific – causing to become coherent; causing cohesion.

Colligate – to bind, unite, or group together; to link facts together by a general description or by a hypothesis that applies to them all;  to subsume isolated facts under a general concept; be or cause to be juxtaposed or grouped in a syntactic relation.

Comess – a confused or noisy situation.

Comity – legal reciprocity, principle by which the courts of one jurisdiction may accede or give effect to the laws or decisions of another; friendly social atmosphere, social harmony; a loose widespread community based on common social institutions; courtesy; respect; a disposition to perform some official act out of goodwill and tradition rather than obligation or law.

Commination – a formal denunciation; threatening divine vengeance; the recital of divine threats against sinners in the Anglican Liturgy for Ash Wednesday.

Commensal – of, relating to, or characterised by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected; of or relating to those who habitually eat together.

Commensalism – an association between two organisms in which one benefits from the relationship and the other derives neither harm nor benefit; a relationship between two species of a plant, animal, fungus, etc., in which one lives with, on, or in another without damage to either;   peaceful coexistence among individuals or groups having independent or different values or customs.

Comminatory – threatening, punitive, or vengeful; a clause inserted into a law, edict, patent, etc, describing a punishment that is to be imposed on delinquents, which, however, is not in practice executed with the rigor that is conveyed in the description, or not even executed at all.

Comminuted – reduced to minute particles or fragments; (of a fracture) producing multiple bone splinters;

Comminute – grind; reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; reduce to powder; pulverise.

Committee –   a person or group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter; an individual to whom the care of a person or a person’s estate is committed; a person to whom a trust or charge is committed. .

–  a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.

– a group of people that forms when the stupidity of one person won’t suffice; A multi-legged creature with no brain; the unwilling, appointed by the unfit, to do the unnecessary.

Compassionate – having or showing compassion, mercifulness, tender heartedness; granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual.

Comport – to behave or conduct oneself in a particuar manner; to accord with or agree with.

Concatenation – a series of interconnected events, ideas or things; the action of linking things together in a chain or series, or the condition of being linked in such a way; the operation of joining two strings together.

Concilliabule – a secret meeting between people who are hatching a plot.

Concinnity –  studied elegance and facility; harmony or elegance of design especially of literary style in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other; a balanced, graceful, polished quality, especially in a literary work.

Concomitant – naturally accompanying or associated; attending;  occurring or existing concurrently; an attendant phenomenon that naturally accompanies or follows something.

Condign – appropriate or suitable to the crime or fault; fitting and deserved; adequate.

Confabulate – to chat, discuss, talk casually; fill in gaps in one’s memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.

Confabulation – chat; familiar talk; easy, unrestrained, unceremonious conversation; a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what is remembered; filling in gaps in one’s memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts; a a memory disturbance that is characterized by verbal statements or actions that inaccurately describe history, background, and present situations.

Conflagration – a large destructive fire; a blaze; conflict; war.

Confute – to prove to be wrong or in error; refute conclusively or decisively; overcome by argument; to confound.

Conjure cause (a spirit or ghost) to appear by means of a magic ritual; to call or bring into existence by or as if by magic; to call upon or command (a devil or spirit) by invocation or spell; implore (someone) to do something.

Connate –  congenital; existing in a person or thing from birth or from the beginning; innate; inborn or inherent; (of parts) united so as to form a single part;  originating at the same time; related; being in close accord or sympathy; congenial.

Consanguineous: of the same blood,  lineage or origin; descended from the same ancestor.

Consanguineous – of the same blood; relationship by blood or by a common ancestor; of the same lineage or origin; a close affinity or connection.

Conscience– an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior; the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action; source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement; conformity to one’s own sense of right conduct; the awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one’s conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong; the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual; an inhibiting sense of what is prudent; the part of the superego in psychoanalysis that transmits commands and admonitions to the ego.

Consigliere – a member of a Mafia family who serves as an adviser to the leader and resolves disputes within the family; a member of a criminal organisation or syndicate who serves as an adviser to the leader.

Consonance – accord; agreement or compatibility between opinions or actions; combination of sounds pleasing to the ear; combination of notes which are in harmony with each other due to the relationship between their frequencies; a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose; recurrence of similar-sounding consonants in close proximity, especially in prosody.

Constellate –  form or cause to form into a cluster or group; gather together; to cluster together, as stars in a constellation; scatter or intersperse like dots or studs.

Contemn – treat or regard with contempt, disdain or scorn; despise; consider and treat as mean and despicable.

Consuetudinary – customary or traditional; an established custom or usage, especially one having legal forcea manual describing the customs of a particular group (especially the ceremonial practices of a monastic order).

Contradistinction – distinction made by contrasting the different qualities of two things; distinction by opposition or contrast.

Contradistinguish – to distinguish by contrasting or opposite qualities; discriminate by direct contrast.

Contraptor – a person who creates functional or practical steampunk devices. Also a person who extensively  modifies a device to meet the steampunk aesthetic yet maintains its functionality;   a DIY open source construction set for experimental personal fabrication, desktop manufacturing, prototyping and bootstrapping.

Contumacious – obstinately,  stubbornly or willfully disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.

Contumacy – stubborn refusal to obey authority; wilful contempt of the order or summons of a court.

Contumely– rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence; an insolent or arrogant remark or act.

Copacetic – in excellent order; very satisfactory or acceptable; fine.

Cordate – heart-shaped.; having a heart-shaped out-line.

Coriaceous – resembling or having the texture of leather; leathery in texture.

Corgi – dwarf dog; either of two long-bodied short-legged sturdy breeds of dog, the Cardigan and the Pembroke, also called Welsh corgi.

Cornucopia – horn of plenty; goat’s horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity and nourishment; ornamental container shaped like such a horn; overflowing supply; abundance.

Corrade – to abrade, erode or be eroded or wear down by abrasion;  gather together from many sources; scrape together.

Corrigendum – an error to be corrected, especially in a book; revision of a printed or published document.

Corrigible – capable of being corrected, improved, rectified, reformed or set right.

Cortege – a procession, especially a ceremonial one; a funeral procession; a train of attendants, as of a distinguished person; a retinue.

Coruscate – to reflect or emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; gleam, glitter; to exhibit brilliant, sparkling techniques; to scintillate.

Cosmogyral – whirling or travelling around the universe.

Cosset – pamper; care for and protect in an over indulgent way; a pet, especially a lamb; a lamb brought up without its dam.

Cote – a shelter, small shed or coop for animals or birds; a cottage or small house; to go around by the side of, skirt or pass by.

Coterminous – having the same or coincident boundaries; coextensive in scope or duration; a suppplemental loan with a maturity that is the same as the senior, or original, loan.

Council – an advisory, deliberative, or legislative body of people formally constituted and meeting regularly; a body of people elected to manage the affairs of a city, county, or other municipal district; an assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or discussion.

Counterpoise – a factor or force that balances or equally counteracts another; have an opposing and balancing effect on; counterbalance; an equivalent power or force acting in opposition; a state of balance; state of being in equilibrium; a network of wires or other conductors connected to the base of an antenna, used as a substitute for the ground connection; to balance by an opposing weight.

Couthie – agreeable; warm and friendly; genial; kindly; sociable; cosy and comfortable.

Cozen -swindle by artful deception; deceive, trick, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery; mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud.

Crapehanger – a morose, gloomy, or pessimistic person; doomsayer; killjoy.

 Crapulence – discomfort from eating or drinking too much; sickness occasioned by intemperance with food or drink; great intemperance especially in drinking; the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess; excessive  indulgence.

Crepitant – having or making a crackling sound; denoting a fine bubbling noise; rale produced by air entering fluid in lung tissue, heard in pneumonia and in certain other conditions.

Cribber – a horse that habitually grips objects with its teeth and sucks air into its stomach.

Crikey – an Australian exclamation of surprise or bewilderment interchangable with blimey or struth.

Criticaster – a minor, incompetent, inferior or petty critic.

Cromulent – fine, acceptable or normal; excellent, realistic, legitimate or authentic; appearing legitimate but actually being spurious.

Cryptozoology – the search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the Loch Ness monster and the yeti; the study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures whose reported existence is unproved.

Culpon – a piece cut off; a fragment, shred, slice or strip.

Cultellation –  the solution of a problem by dealing with it piecemeal; the process of transferring the exact point of a surveyed point from a high level to a lower level by sinking a sharp pointed marking pin.

Cumberground – totally worthless object or person; someone who just takes up space; something that is just in the way.

Cumshaw – a present; gratuity; tip, reward for service; expression of thanks.

Cunctator – one who delays, hesitates or postpones; procrastinator; someone who postpones work, especially out of laziness or habitual carelessness.

Curglaff  – the physical sensation or shock the body experiences from going in to cold water.

Cynosure – an object that serves as a focal point or centre of attention and admiration; something that serves to guide.

Dabberlack  – long, straggly seaweed.Dacrygelosis – alternating laughing and crying; a mental condition characterised by mood swings.

Dacryops – excessive tears; moistness of the eye; a watery state of the eye; distention or swelling of a lacrimal duct by contained fluid; cyst of a duct of the lacrimal gland.

Dactylonomy – numbering or counting by using ones fingers.

Daedal – ingeniously contrived; complex in design; intricate; finely or skillfully and artistically crafted; artistic;  ingenious and complex in design or function; intricate; finely or skilfully made or employed.

Dappy – silly; disorganised; lacking concentration or focus.

Darg – a specific quantity or fixed amount of work; a day’s work; a work quota.

Darkling– growing dark; done or taking place in the dark; characterised by darkness.

Dastard – a dishonerable or despicable person, villain.

Dasypygal –  having hairy buttocks/posterior.

Dayligaun – twilight; daylight going.

Debauchee – a person given to excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs; one who habitually indulges in debauchery or dissipation; a libertine.

Deblaterate – to babble or prate; utter meaningless, confusing words; talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish way; talk foolishly or at tedious length about something.

Debouch – to emerge, or march from a narrow or confined space into a wide, open area; to issue.

Declivity – downwards slope, inclination downwards.

Decubitus – the posture adopted by a person who is lying down; an act of lying down; the position assumed in lying down.

Decussate – To intersect, cross or become crossed to form an X; arranged on a stem in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below, resulting in four vertical rows.

Deracinate – uproot, tear out by the roots; to remove or separate from a native or accustomed environment or culture.

Decorticate – remove the bark, rind, or husk from; remove the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of an organ or structure; the position of a comatose patient in which the upper extremities are rigidly flexed at the elbows and at the wrists.

Decrescent – decreasing gradually, lessening; waning.

Deedy – industrious; effective; earnest.

 Defilade – the act or procedure of defilading.; the protection of forces against enemy observation or gunfire;  to arrange (fortifications) so as to protect the lines from frontal or enfilading fire and the interior from fire from above or behind; a fortified position offering protection fromenfilading and other fire.; vertical distance by which a position is concealed from enemy observation; to shield from enemy fire or observation by using natural or artificial obstacles.

Definiens – a word, phrase, or symbolic expression used to define something, especially in a dictionary entry, or introducing a word or symbol into a logical system by providing a statement of its meaning; something that defines, especially the defining part of a dictionary entry; an expression in terms of which another may be adequately defined.

Degage – free of constraint; relaxed in manner; nonchalant; without strain or anxiety;  uncommitted, uninvolved, detached; extended with toe pointed in preparation for a ballet step.

Deglutition – the act, power or process of swallowing.

Deipnosophist – an adept conversationalist at table; one skilled in table talk; a master of dinner-table conversation.

Delassation – fatigue, tiredness, weariness.

Delate – relate or report an offence or crime; accuse, inform against or denounce someone; bring a charge against; denounce; impeach; make known or public.

Deliciate – to delight oneself; to indulge in feasting, to revel.

Delphic – of or relating to Delphi or to the oracle of Apollo at Delphi; oracular; obscure; ambiguous.

Démenti – an act or instance of contradicting something, a denial or contradiction; an official contradiction of a published statement; an official denial by a government of actions, aims, etc., ascribed to it.

Demesne  – dominion, territory; a piece of land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for his/her own use; manorial land retained for the private use of a feudal lord; an estate or part of an estate occupied and controlled by, and worked for the exclusive use of, the owner; possession of real property in one’s own right.

Demotic – denoting or relating to  ordinary people; of or pertaining to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular; popular or colloquial;  of, relating to, or written in a simplified form of the ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.

Demulcent – serving to soothe or soften; bland; a soothing, usually mucilaginous or oily substance, such as glycerin or lanolin, used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.

Deoppilate – free from or remove obstruction; free a passage through.

Dephlogisticate – to make something fire-proof, to take away the aiblity to burn.

Depravity – moral corruption or degradation;  a corrupt or immoral act or practice.

Derogate – disparage; take away or detract from; deviate from an expectation or standard; go astray.

Desenrascanco – (Portuguese) – the art of using whatever means at your disposal to extract yourself from a tricky situation;; the capacity to improvise in the most extraordinary situations possible, against all odds, resulting in a hypothetically good-enough solution; the improvisation of haphazard but completely sound solutions or plans at the last minute;  to pull a MacGyver.

Desideratum –  something that is needed, desired or wanted.

Desiderium – ardent longing, yearning.

Destinesiamemory loss which strikes people on arriving somewhere and forgetting why they are there and/or what they went to get.

Desuetude – a state of disuse or inactivity; discontinuance from use or exercise.

Deterge – cleanse thoroughly; cleanse of impurities or undesirable matter, as a wound; clear away foul matter from the body; wash away or wipe off.

Deturpate – to defile, disfigure, make ugly.

Diablerie – reckless mischief; charismatic wildness; mischievous conduct or manner; sorcery, witchcraft;  representation of devils or demons, as in paintings or fiction; devilish conduct; deviltry; a representation in words or pictures of black magic or of dealings with the devil;  demon lore.

Dianoia – the capacity for, process of, or result of discursive thinking; perception and experience regarded as lower modes of knowledge.

Diapason – an organ stop sounding a main register of flue pipes, typically of eight-foot pitch; the entire compass of musical tones; a grand swelling burst of harmony; a full, rich outpouring of harmonious sound.

Diatribe – a forceful and bitter verbal or written attack against or  denunciation of someone or something; a prolonged discourse; ironic or satirical criticism.

Dicht – wipe; clean; put in good order.

Dight – clothed or equipped; to dress or adorn; make ready for use or purpose; prepare, arrange, compose.

Diktat – a harsh, unilaterally imposed settlement with a defeated party; an authoritative or dogmatic order, statement or decree.

Diriment – causing to become wholly void; invalidating; nullifying.

Disapprobation – strong disapproval, typically on moral or social grounds; the act or state of disapproving; the state of being disapproved; condemnation.

Discalceate – to pull off or remove shoes, sandals or other footwear.

Discerp – to tear in pieces, rend; separate, cut off from a whole, disunite.

Discrepant – incompatible with other facts; divergence or disagreement, as between facts or claims; difference; marked by disagreement, incompatibility, or inconsistency.

Disembogue – emerge or be discharged in quantity; pour out; (used of a river or stream).

Disprize – undervalue; disparage, disdain, scorn.

Disputatious – fond of having heated arguments; fond of or given to disputation; argumentative; contentious; disagreeable, quarrelsome, or likely to enter into disputes; controversial.

Dissever – to break up, divide into parts, separate or sever; to become separated or disunited.

Distracted – having the attention diverted; suffering conflicting emotions; distraught.

Distrait – distracted or absent-minded; inattentive or preoccupied; divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.

Divaricate – stretch or spread apart; diverge widely; separate into diverging parts or branches; fork; branch; (of a branch) coming off the stem almost at a right angle.

Divigate  – wander or drift about; stray; ramble; digress.

Desultory – having no set plan or purpose; haphazard or random; erratic; inconsistent; wandering from one thing to another.

Douceur – a financial inducement or bribe; money given as a gratuity or tip.

Dog – domesticated carnivorous mammal; any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae, such as the dingo; a worthless or contemptible person; any of various usually simple mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening that consist of a spike, bar, or hook; uncharacteristic or affected stylishness or dignity; one inferior of its kind; an investment not worth its price; : an undesirable piece of merchandise; an unattractive person; spurious; to hunt, track, or follow like a hound; to worry as if by pursuit with dogs; to bother or pester persistently; totally; completely.

Doit – very small amount of money; a trifle; an old Dutch coin equal to about 18 stiver.

Dol – unit for measuring the intensity of pain; acronym for dying of laughter.

Dolent  – sorrowful, doleful, mourning.

Dormiveglia  – the space that stretches between sleeping and waking.

Doromania – an abnormal desire to give presents; unusual urge or preoccupation with giving gifts.

Dort – to sulk, take offence.

Doryphore – a pedantic and annoyingly persistent critic; someone who constantly draws attention to other’s minor flaws; person who points out the mistakes of others in an annoying way.

Doublethink – thought marked by the acceptance of gross contradictions and falsehoods, especially when used as a technique of self-indoctrination; the acceptance of two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct at the same time, often in distinct social contexts.

Draff – dregs or refuse; the residue of husks after fermentation of the grain used in brewing, used as a food for cattle; the liquid from copper stills distillery equipment – and the spent grains used to make whisky.

Draggle – to make wet or dirty by trailing on the ground; bedraggle; to follow slowly, lag behind, straggle.

Dragoman – an interpreter or guide, especially in countries speaking Arabic, Turkish, or Persian; a professional interpreter.

Drouthy  – dry; thirsty.

Druthers –  choice, preference or way; (contraction of would rather).

Dryasdust – a boring, dull, pedantic speaker or writer.

Dubiety – a feeling of doubt that often results in wavering; a usually hesitant uncertainty that tends to cause vacillation; the condition or quality of being doubtful;  a state or matter of doubt.

Duck – a waterbird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait;  a quick lowering of the head or body;  strong untwilled linen or cotton fabric, used chiefly for casual or work clothes and sails; to lower the head or the body quickly to avoid a blow or so as not to be seen; to avoid.

 Dulcarnon – perplexed; at a loss; uncertain what course to take.

Dulce – sweet.

Dulciloquent – having a gentle, sweet way of speaking; eloquent.

Dulcimer – a musical instrument with a sounding board or box, typically trapezoid in shape, over which strings of graduated length are stretched, played by plucking or especially by being struck with handheld hammers;  a trapezoidal zither with metal strings that are struck with light hammers; an instrument used in American folk music that has three or four strings, is held on the lap, and is played with the fingers, a pick, or a small stick.

Duty  An act or a course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, law, or religion: moral obligation; the compulsion felt to meet such obligation; a service, function, or task assigned to one, especially in the armed forces; function or work.

A tax charged by a government, especially on imports; the work performed by a machine under specified conditions; a measure of efficiency expressed as the amount of work done per unit of energy used the total volume of water required to irrigate a given area in order to cultivate a specific crop until harvest.

Dundrearies – long, flowing sideburns worn with a clean-shaven chin; mutton chop whiskers.

Dyscalculia – inability to perform mathematical calculations, usually as a result of brain dysfunction.

Dysania – the state of finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

Dyslogistic- conveying or expressing disapproval or censure; not complimentary or eulogistic; opprobrious.

Dyslogy – an inability to express ideas or reasoning in speech because of a mental disorder; dispraise, uncomplimentary remarks.

Ebberman – one who fishes under bridges.

Ébrillade – jerking a horse’s reins when it doesn’t turn.

Eccedentesiast – a person who fakes a smile; one who hides behind a smile.

Echolalia – meaningless repetition of another person’s spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder; the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person; the imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others, occurring as a natural phase of childhood development.

Eclat – brilliant elaborate or showy display or effect; brilliance or conspicuousness  of success or reputation; acclamation; acclaim.

Ecdemomania – morbid impulse or obsession to travel; compulsive wandering.

Eclaircissement – clarification of an obscure point; explanation; enlightenment.

Eclegme  – ancient syrupy medicine that is licked off a spoon.

Ecmnesia – a  form of amnesia in which the patient can recall older events but not recent ones; loss of recent memory with retention of earlier memories.

Edacious – devouring; voracious; consuming.

Edacity – excessive desire to eat; greediness; voraciousness; good appetite.

Edaphic – of, pertaining  to, conditioned or influenced by,  or resulting from the soil, especially as it affects living organisms.

Edippol – a mild oath.

Edulcorate – to sweeten or purify;   to free from harshness of attitude; to make pleasant;to free from soluble impurities by washing.

Eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious – very good; very fine.

Eeyorish  – pessimistic or gloomy; down-in-the-dumps.

Effable  – able to be described in words or spoken; capable of being uttered or expressed.

Effleurage – a form of massage involving a repeated circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand; a massage technique of using long, smooth, rhythmic strokes over the skin.

Efflorescence – the action or process of developing and unfolding as if coming into flower; blossoming, blooming, period or state of flowering; fullness of manifestation;  the loss of water (or a solvent) of crystallization from a hydrated or solvated salt to the atmosphere on exposure to air; a whitish, powdery deposit on the surface of rocks or soil in dry regions; the process of efflorescing and the powder or crust so formed; a redness of the skin or an eruption (as in a rash).

Effluvium – unpleasant odour, secretion or discharge.

Eirenicism/Irenicism – act or state of mind promoting peace; theology aimed at religious unity.

Eisegesis – A faulty interpretation of a text caused by reading into it one’s own ideas and/or imposing on it one’s own bias.

Eldritch – unearthly; weird; eerie, ghostly or spooky; sinister.

Eleemosynary – of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable; derived from or provided by charity; dependent on or supported by charity; contributed as an act of charity; gratuitous.

Elegiac – of, relating to, or involving elegy or mourning or expressing sorrow for that which is irrecoverably past; relating to or characteristic of an elegy; verses in an elegiac metre; expressing sorrow or lamentation.

 Eleutheromania – an intense or excessive desire for or obsession with freedom; a mania or frantic passion for freedom.

Elucubrate – to produce (especially literary work) by long and intensive effort; to work diligently; to work out or express by studious effort.

Embonpoint – the condition of  being plump; stoutness; the plump or fleshy part of the body, in particular a woman’s bosom; a pleasing fullness of figure.

Embuggerance – a niggling and irritating barrier or obstacle encountered when attempting to resolve a problem; very minor problem; any obstacle (natural or artificial) that gets in the way of progress; a natural or artificial hazard that complicates any proposed course of action.

In tribute to  Sir Terry Pratchett 24.4.48 – 12.3.15 who used it to describe Alzheimer’s disease from which he suffered.

Emnuctory – serving to carry waste from the body, excretory; blowing of a nose.

Emolument– advantage, benefit,  profit, or wage received  as compensation from labour, being employed  or holding an office.

Empath –  a person with the paranormal ability to perceive the mental or emotional state of another individual; a person who can understand and appreciate another’s feelings, emotions, etc.

Empleomania – a mania for holding public office; mania for public employment; a thirst for public office and its opportunities for personal enrichment.

Empressement – animated display of eagerness or friendliness; effusion; enthusiasm;  great or extreme attentiveness, care, or cordiality.

Empyrean – belonging to or deriving from heaven; he highest reaches of heaven; the sky.

Enantiodromia – the principle whereby the superabundance of one force inevitably produces its opposite, as with physical equilibrium; the changing of something into its opposite.

Enchufe – a cushy job; a contact, someone who has some kind of power or influence and can help you.

Enceinte – pregnant; an enclosure or the enclosing wall of a fortified castle, town or other area.

Enervate – to deprive of or lessen force,  strength or vitality; destroy the vigour of; weaken; wear our;  lacking in energy or vitality.

Encomium – glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise; the expression of such praise; a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly; tribute; eulogy.

Endogenous – having an internal cause or origin; growing or originating from within an organism, tissue or cell; (of a disease or symptom) not attributable to any external or environmental factor.

Enough – as much or as many as required;  adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire; expression of impatient desire for an end to undesirable behaviour or speech.

Entelechy – the realisation of potential; actuality as opposed to potentiality; the supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organisation;  the soul orprinciple of perfection of an object or person; something that contains orrealises a final cause, especially the vital force thought to direct the lifeof an organism; a monad or basic constituent; a vital agent or force directing growth and life.

Entermete – to interfere, meddle.

Entropy – lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder; the natural tendency of the universe to fall apart into disorder;  a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.

Epeolatry – the worship of words.

Ephemeron – a shortlived or transitory thing; an insect that lives only for a day or a few days.

 Epicaricacy – schadenfreude; pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

Epiphanot – an idea that at first seems like an amazing insight but turns out to be pointless, mundane, stupid, or incorrect, and often is the root cause of bad decisions; an out-of-body, or out-of-brain, experience which occurs when faced with a demanding intellectual challenge.

Equipoise –  balance of forces or interests; state of being equally balanced; quality in distribution, as of weight, relationship, or emotional forces; equilibrium; counter balance.

Ergasiophobia –  an abnormal and persistent fear (or phobia) of work, finding work or functioning;  aversion to work; diffidence about tackling a job.

Erinaceous – like, of, pertaining or relating to, or resembling a hedgehog.

Eristic – given to or characterised by disputatious, often specious argument; pertaining to argument for its own sake; one given to or expert in dispute or argument; who engages in disputation; controversialist;  art or practice of disputation and polemics.

Erlebnisse – experience, something that one has lived through, adventure; event of which one is cognizant; experiences we feel most deeply and through which we truly live.

Ersatz – made or used as an imitation or substitute, typically an inferior one; not real or genuine; artificial.

Eructation – the act, process or an instance of belching; a belch; the release of gas from the intestinal tract through the mouth; that which is regurgitated in  burping, ructus; eruption: (of volcanos) pouring out fumes or lava; a deposit formed in this way.

Erumpent – bursting through or as if through a surface or covering; tending to grow out vigorously from a substrate so as to burst through or rise above its surface; prominent; projecting from or bursting through host tissue; breaking forth.

Eschatological – of, relating to, dealing with or regarding the ultimate destiny of mankind and the world; a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind; a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind.

Escheat – the reversion of property to the state, or (in feudal law) to a lord, on the owner’s dying without legal heirs; (of land) revert to a lord or the state by escheat.

 Esculent – fit or suitable to be eaten; edible.

Esthesia/Aesthesia – capacity for sensation; sensibility; sensitivity, feeling.

Esurient – hungry, greedy, starving.

Ethnomethodology – a method of sociological analysis that examines how individuals use everyday conversation to construct a common-sense view of the world; study of how people use social interaction to maintain an ongoing sense of reality in a situation;  study of everyday communication.

Etiolate – to make pale or sickly; make weak by stunting the growth or development of;  bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight; developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light.

Euchre – a card game for two to four players usually played with the 32 highest cards in the pack; gain the advantage over (another player) by preventing them from taking three tricks; to cheat, deceive, trick, or outwit; to be exhausted or ruined.

Etui – a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other small articles.

Eudaemonic – conducive to or producing happiness.

Euphonious – pleasing to the ear; sweet sounding; agreeable sound, especially in the phonetic quality of words.

Evanescence – gradual fading, vanishing from sight.

Evanescent– soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing, fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor; denoting a field or wave that extends into a region where it cannot propagate and whose amplitude therefore decreases with distance.

Eviternity – eternal existence; everlasting duration.

Excogitate – to consider; think carefully and thoroughly; plan; devise.

Excresance – a  distinct outgrowth on a human or animal body or on a plant, esp. one that is the result of disease or abnormality; a a disfiguring or unwanted mark, an unattractive or superfluous addition.

Exculpate – to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.

Exungulate – to pare or trim claws, hooves or nails.

Excursus – lengthy, appended exposition of a topic or point; digression or incidental excursion, as in a narrative.

Execrate – to detest utterly, abhor, loathe; abominate; to declare to be detestable, evil, hateful or abhorrent; to to speak abusively or contemptuously of, curse, denounce, imprecate evil upon; damn.

Execrable –  extremely bad or unpleasant; utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent;  deserving of execration; hateful.

Exegesis – critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture; exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis.

Exegete – to expound or interpret; one who explains or interprets difficult parts of written works.

Exigency – the state or quality of requiring much effort or immediate action; demanding immediate action or remedy; a pressing or urgent situation; that which is required in a particular situation.

Exiguous – very small in size or amount; excessively scanty; inadequate, meager.

Exogenous – of, relating to, or developing from external factors; caused by, growing or originating from outside an organism or system; (of a disease, symptom, etc.) caused by an agent or organism outside the body; having stems that grow by the addition of an annual layer of wood to the outside beneath the bark.

Expergefacient – awakening or arousing; a drug or other agent that awakens or arouses.


Expiscate – to learn through laborious investigation; to fish out or find out by skill; discover by scrupulous examination.

Expostulate – express strong disapproval or disagreement; reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate.

Exsanguine – bloodless; containing no blood; anaemic.

Exsibilation –  the collective hisses of a disapproving audience.

Exscind – to cut out or off; excise; extirpate.

Extirpate – to root out, completely destroy.

Exulansis –  the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.

Eyesome – easy on the eye; attractive; pleasant to look at.

Facient – producing a specified action or state; one who does anything, good or bad; a doer; an agent; the second number in a two-digit multiplication problem.

Facinorous – depraved, infamous, atrociously wicked.

Factious – turbulent; given to faction; seditious; relating to, produced by or characterised by internal dissension.

Factitious – artificial, contrived, unnatural; spurious; lacking authenticity or genuineness.

Faculative – discretionary,optional not required or compulsory; incidental;  occurring optionally in response to circumstances rather than by nature; capable of but not restricted to a particular function or mode of life;  not obligatory but rather capable of adapting to different conditions; able to occur or not; contingent; conferring a faculty, privilege, permission, or the power of doing or not doing something.

Fadaise – a vapid, obvious, silly or meaningless remark; nonsense.

Fainaigue – to evade work or shirk responsibility; to cheat; to deceive by flattery; to renege to renege on a debt or in card games.

Fainéant – Doing nothing, shiftless, disinclined to work or exertion; a do-nothing, an idle person, a sluggard.

Falsidical – having a false basis; giving a false impression.

Falsiloquence – lying, deceitful speech.

Famicide – slanderer, destroyer of reputation.

Famigerate – to carry news from abroad; talk about foreign news.

Fandango – a lively Spanish dance in triple time for two people, typically accompanied by guitar and castanets or tambourine; music for this dance; an elaborate or complicated process or activity; foolish or silly behaviour, act, or thing; tomfoolery.

Fanfaronade – bragging or blustering manner or behavior; bravado; boasting talk or showy action; a fanfare.

Fangle – to trim showily; hang about; waste time; trifle; fashion, manufacture, invent, or create something; new-fashioned; a foolish innovation; a gewgaw; a trifling ornament.

Fanion – a small flag, originally carried by military brigades, used by soldiers and surveyors to mark a position.

Fankle – to tangle or entangle something; a tangle;  confusion; (slang) fat ankle.

Fannaa – annihilation, destruction or dissolution of the self or ego in love; sacrificing oneself for another.

Fantod – a state of nervous irritability or tension, an emotional fit.

Farctate – crammed or stuffed (as distinct from hollow or tubular); the state of being stuffed with food/ having overeaten.

Fard –  face paint, especially white; facial cosmetics; to paint the face with cosmetics; apply make up; to gloss over.

Fardel – pack; cumbersome bundle; burden; misfortune.

Farrago – an assortment;  medley;  conglomeration; confused mixture; hodgepodge.

Fartlek – a system of training for distance runners in which the terrain and pace are continually varied; a training technique, used especially among runners, consisting of bursts of intense effort loosely alternating with less strenuous activity.

Father – any male ancestor, especially the founder of a race, family, or line; progenitor;   a man who sires, adopts or raises a child; paternal protector or provider;  a man who creates, originates, or founds something; an elderly or venerable man; one of the leading men, as of a city; the eldest or most senior man in an organisation or group; a priest or clergyman in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches; to procreate (offspring) as the male parent; to act or serve as a father; to create, found, or originate; to acknowledge responsibility for; to attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of; to assign falsely or unjustly; foist.

Fatidic – of, relating to, or characterised by prophecy; prophetic; having power to foretell future events.

Favonian – of like or pertaining to the west wind; propitious; mild or favourable.

Feague – to decorate or improve in appearance through artificial means; to beat or whip; to drive; to increase the liveliness of a horse by inserting an irritant  in its fundament.; to put ginger up a horse’s fundament, and formerly a live eel, to make it lively and carry its tail well.

Feminacy – effeminate; soft; womanly; feminine nature.

Fencible – capable of being defended, defensible; (formerly) a person who undertook military service in immediate defence of his homeland only.

Feriation – keeping a holiday; refraining or cessation from work.

Ferly – a wonder or marvel;  something amazing, strange, unusual, or unexpected; something causing wonder or terror; to wonder or be surprised.

Festinate – act or move at high speed; hurry, hasten; hasty.

Fewmets –  dung or droppings of a hunted animal, by which the hunter identifies it.

Fibonacci –  an integer in the infinite sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, … of which the first two terms are 1 and 1 and each succeeding term is the sum of the two immediately preceding.

Ficulnean – of fig-tree wood; completely worthless.

Filipendulous –  hanging or suspended by or strung upon a thread.

Finagle  – obtain by dishonest or devious means; get or achieve by  cleverness, deceit, guile, trickery, or manipulation; act in a dishonest or devious manner;  trick, swindle, or cheat; obtain something desired by bargaining, wheedling, and dealing.

Findible – able to be cleft or split.

Firgun – to take pleasure in someone else’s achievement / success; the act act of saying nice things or doing nice things to another person without any other purpose, but to make the other feel good about what he is or what he does.

Fisc – the emperor’s privy purse; a public treasury or exchequer; the public treasury to which estates lapse by escheat.

Fishy -of, relating to, or resembling fish; consisting of or abounding in fish; cold or expressionless;  arousing feelings of or creating doubt or suspicion; shady.

Fissiparous – tending to break up into parts or break away from a main body; tending to break into factions; factious; divisive tendencies in a political party; inclined to cause or undergo division into separate parts or groups; reproducing by biological fission.

Flagitious – criminal, felonious, villainous; infamous; scandalous; shamefully wicked; heinous or flagrant.

Flâneur – an urban wanderer; a man who saunters around observing society;  an idle man-about-town;  dawdler, idler, stroller, lounger, saunterer, loafer; a person of leisure; deliberately aimless, simply wandering the streets and soaking in the city.

Fleshment –  excitement associated with a successful beginning; the act of fleshing, or the excitement attending a first success.

Flext – to text so extensively and in such a manner that it is flirting;  to strike a body builder-like pose while sending a text message.

Flibbertigibbet –   a flighty or whimsical person, usually young and female; silly, scatterbrained or garrulous person.

Floccinaucinihilipilification – – the act or instance of judging something to be worthless or trivial; to establish or state that something has no value.

Flocculent –  having a loosely clumped texture; having or resembling tufts of wool; covered with a soft, woolly substance; consisting of or containing loose woolly masses;  containing, consisting of, or occurring in the form of loosely aggregated particles or soft flake.

Fluffle – a group of hares or rabbits.

Flumadiddle – delusive, silly or utter nonsense; something foolish or worthless; balderdash; flummery; a dish composed of saltpork, potatoes, and molasses, eaten by the fishermen of Cape Cod.

Foison –  abundant crop; rich harvest; plenty; physical energy or strength.

Folderol – trivial or nonsensical fuss; foolish nonsense; a showy but useless trifle; a gewgaw.

FOMO – fear of missing out.

Foofaraw – a great deal of fuss or attention given to a minor matter; showy frills added unnecessarily; an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc; a fuss over a matter of little importance; disturbance or to-do over a trifle.

Foppotee  – idiot, simpleton.

Forficulate – to experience a creeping, tingling sensation; forked; resembling scissors; furcate.

Formicate – to crawl around like ants’ to swarm with ants or other crawling creatures.

Forswunk –  exhausted by overworked; totally worn out by work.

Fortravailed – wearied by work; exhausted.

Foudroyant – dazzling or stunning; having an awesome and overwhelming effect; occurring suddenly and severely (of disease).

Frabjous – a blend of fair, fabulous, and joyous; wonderful, elegant, superb, or delicious.

Frail – a rush basket for holding fruit, especially dried fruit; the quantity of fruit, such as raisins or figs, that such a basket can hold.

Frample – (of a horse) to paw the ground; swallow or gobble up; free sample.

Frangible – capable of being broken; easily broken; fragile; brittle.

Fratchy – irritable and argumentative; peevish; quarrelsome; the result of a blunt razor or of not having shaved one’s face or legs for a few days; stubble.

Fremdschämen – the process of being vicariously embarrassed by someone else; to feel someone else’s embarrassment; external shame; mutual embarrassment, vicarious shame.

Frenemy –  a person or group that is friendly toward another because the relationship brings benefits, despite a fundamental dislike and feelings of resentment or rivalry; a person who is ostensibly friendly or collegial with someone but who is actually antagonistic or competitive; an enemy disguised as a friend.

Fripper – old clothing;  a dealer in frippery or used clothes; a fripperer.

Fritinancy – chirping or creaking sound as of insects, especially crickets.

Froligozene – rejoice, be happy.

Frore – frozen; frosty; extremely cold; having a low or inadequate temperature; feeling a sensation of coldness.

Froward – difficult to deal with; not easily controlled or managed; willfully contrary; stubbornly willful.

Fructuous – full of or producing a great deal of fruit; productive; fruitful; fertile.

Fugacious –  fleeting; transitory, lasting a short time; ephemeral, momentary, passing.

Fuliginous – pertaining to or resembling soot; sooty; obscure; murky; having a dark or dusky colour; coloured by, or as if by, soot.

Fugleman – a leader and organiser and spokesman;  one at the head or forefront of a group,  movement, organisation or party; a trained soldier formerly posted in front of a line of soldiers at drill to serve as a model in their exercises.

Fumarole – a hole or opening in or near a volcano, through which hot sulphurous gases emerge.

Funambulist – tight-rope walker.

Furbelow – a pleated or gathered flounce on a woman’s garment; a ruffle; showy finery, ornamentation or trimming; something superfluous.

Furfuraceous – made of or covered with scaly particles, such as dandruff; of or resembling bran, powdered with bran-like particles; composed of small scales; denoting a form of desquamation; scurfy.

Furgle – fumble for keys; feel in pocket or bag for a small object such as coin or key.

Furuncle –  a tender, dome-shaped skin lesion caused by an infection around a hair follicle with Staphylococcus aureus; a boil.

Fuscous – dark and sombre in colour; of brownish-gray; dusky.

Fustian – thick, durable twilled cloth with a short nap, usually dyed in dark colours; pompous or pretentious speech or writing.

Fustigate – cudgel; to beat with a club; punish severely; criticise harshly.

Futilitarian – a person devoted to futile pursuits; holding or based on the view that human endeavor is futile.

Fweeling – feeling with extra hand waving.

Gaberlunzie – a wandering ne’er-do-well; licensed beggar; mendicant.

Gadarene – headlong rush, uncontrolled and rapid movement, precipitate.

Gadzookery – the use of archaic words or expressions.

Galactagogue –  food or drug that promotes or increases the flow of a mother’s milk; an agent that promotes the secretion of milk; food, drugs or supplements that possess lactogenic properties.

Galactophagist – one who drinks, or subsists on, milk; milk drinker.

Galeanthropy – the belief that one is a cat.

Galenical – of a medicine made of natural rather than synthetic components; a herb or other vegetable drug, distinguished from a mineral or chemical drug; a standard medicinal preparation (as an extract or tincture) containing usually one or more active constituents of a plant and made by a process that leaves the inert and other undesirable constituents of the plant undissolved; relating to Galen.

Galimatias – meaningless talk, gibberish, nonsense, confused mix of unrelated things.

Gallimaufry – odds and ends, mottley assortment of things, hodge-podge, jumble; stew made from meat scraps.

Galumph – move in a clumsy, ponderous, or noisy manner; march or bound along in a self-satisfied, triumphant manner; leap or move about clumsily or joyfully.

Gallionic –  indifferent; careless, irresponsible, uncaring.

Gambrinous –  to be full of beer; to be content owing to being full of beer.

Gallophile – lover of France and the French; Francophile.

Galvanic – of, pertaining to, or producing a direct current of electricity, especially when produced chemically; sudden and dramatic; affecting or affected as if by an electric shock; having an electric effect : intensely exciting; startling; shocking; stimulating; energizing.

Gamidolatry – worship of marriage.

Gangrel – lean and awkward; a lanky, loose jointed person; a wandering beggar, vagabond, vagrant.

Garbist  – one who is adept at engaging in polite behavior; an expert in etiquette; a practitioner of good manners.

Garble – to mix up or distort to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible; to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble; to scramble (a signal or message), as by erroneous encoding or faulty transmission; to sort out; cull.

Garboil – a state of commotion, noise and confusion; disturbance; uproar.

Gardyloo- warning cry used by servants in medieval Scotland to warn passers-by that slops or other waste was about to be thrown from a window into the street below.

Gargalesthesia – the sensation caused by tickling.

Garth – an open space, especially a grassy quadrangle, surrounded by cloisters; a yard or garden.

Gasconade – boastfulness, bravado; to show off, to bluster.

Gastrolater – glutton; worshipper of food.

Gastrosophy – the science of good eating.

Gedankenexperiment – a thought experiment; an experiment carried out in imagination only;  a hypothetical experiment which is possible in principle and is  analysed (but not performed) to test some hypothesis.

Gelastic – pertaining to or inclined to laughter; laugh provoking conduct or speech.

Gelid – icy; extremely cold; freezing.

Gelogenic – productive or provocative of laughter; tending to produce laughter.

Gelotology – the study of laughter and humour, and their effects on the body, from a psychological and physiological perspective.

Geminate – to double, duplicate, pair or repeat; consisting of identical adjacent speech sounds.

Generica  – features of the built landscape (malls, motels, housing . . . ) which are exactly the same wherever you are.

Geophagy – the practice in some tribal societies of eating earth; practice of feeding on soil; dirt-eating.

Gerent – one who directs, manages or rules.

Germinal – relating to the nature of a germ cell or embryo; the earliest stage of development.

Gibbous – (of the moon or a planet) having the observable illuminated part greater than a semicircle and less than a circle; a moon in between a half-moon but less than a full moon; convex or protuberant; marked by convexity or swelling; having a hump, humpbacked

Giddhom – the frantic galloping of cows when plagued by flies.

 Gift – something given voluntarily without payment or compensation in return, as to show favour toward someone, honour an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; a present; the act, right, or power of giving.

Gigglemug – an habitually or perpetually smiling face.

Gimcrack – a showy but useless or worthless object; a geegaw; flimsy or poorly made but deceptively attractive; cheap and tasteless; gaudy.

Girouettism – the practice of frequently altering one’s opinions or principles to follow popular trends.

Giving – gifting; freely transferring the possession of something to someone; causing or allowing someone or something to have or experience something; bringing forth, bearing; providing with placing in the hands of; passing or handing on; transferring from ones’ authority or custody; granting or bestowing; according or yielding to another; yielding as a product, consequence, or effect; collapsing from force or pressure; committing to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason; allowing to have or take; providing by way of entertainment; entering enter wholeheartedly into an activity; proposing a toast; setting forth as an actual or hypothetical datum; presenting a public performance; suffering the loss of; offering as appropriate or due especially to something higher or more worthy; offering as a pledge; administering as a sacrament or medicine.

Glabrous – free of down, hair or projections; smooth.

Glaikit – stupid, foolish, giddy; flighty; not very bright; thoughtless; vacant.

Glom – steal; seize or grab; become stuck or attached to; latch on to; a glimpse or quick look.

Glossalgos – talking until one’s tongue hurts.

Gloze – to minimise, underplay or explain away; use flattery; shine brightly; a comment; pretence.

Gobemouche – a highly gullible person; someone who believes everything s/he hears; a fly swallower;  one who keeps his/her mouth open; a boor; a silly and credulous person.

Godwottery  – affectedly archaic or elaborate speech writing; excessive fussiness, and sentimentality; an affected or over-elaborate style of gardening or attitude towards gardens.

Gökotta   (Swedish) – dawn picnic to hear the first birdsong;  to wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing.

Gold– a precious yellow metallic element, highly malleable and ductile, and not subject to oxidation or corrosion; an alloy of this; a quantity of gold coins; a monetary standard based on this metal; money; wealth; riches; something that is precious, beautiful, brilliant or superior; deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color; fiftieth event in a series or anniversary;  the bull’s eye of a target, scoring nine points in archery; the ultimate goal, target or reward; medal for first place.

Gongoozle  – to ogle, rubber-neck; leisurely watch the passage of boats, from the bank of a canal, lock or bridge; to stare idly at a watercourse and do nothing.

Gongoozler – an idle spectator; one who stares endlessly at something unusual; someone who watches but does not contribute to the content or interest of an event.

Googleganger  – person with the same name as you, whose online references are mixed with yours among search results for your name.  (Macquarie Dictionary’s 2010 Word of the Year).

Gordian– intricate; inextricable; an exceedingly complicated problem or deadlock; pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him.

Gosstitutes –  people who are paid not to have sex but to talk about having sex so the media can run their uncorroborated tales of steamy lust.

Gourmandise – relish and taste for good food; appreciation of or interest in good food and drink.

Grá  (Irish) – great love or affection for someone or something; swetheart.

Grace – smoothness and elegance of movement;   ease and suppleness of movement or bearing;  a charming or attractive trait or characteristic;  a pleasing appearance or effect; a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving; courteous good will; bring honour or credit to (someone or something) by one’s attendance or participation; a special favour; disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemencya temporary exemption;  a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop; a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks; unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification a virtue coming from God;  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.

Gradgrind – someone who is patently and usually as a matter of outspoken policy marked by a materialistic and philistine outlook; an uninspired and assiduous seeker after facts; one solely interested in cold, hard facts;  one who relies solely on scientific measurements and observable facts without taking human nature into consideration; a man who measures everything with rule and compass, allows nothing for the weakness of human nature, and deals with men and women as a mathematician with his figures. –  Dickens describing Thomas Gradgrind in Hard Times.

Grandisonant – giving the impression of grandeur; stately-sounding.

Graupel –  soft or granular snow pellets; soft hail.

Grawlix – a sequence of typographical symbols used to represent a non-specific, profane word or phrase.

Greadan – (Gaelic) spending a considerable time and giving all one’s might to anything.

Greenswardsmanship – the cultivation of an unusually and enviably excellent lawn; the acquisition of a lawn so verdant that everyone goes green with envy at the sight of it.

Grimalkin – a cat, especially an old, evil-looking, female one; old woman considered to be ill-tempered.

Grimmelings – the first or last gleams of daylight.

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Word of the day: “grimmelings” – the first or last gleams of the day (Scots, esp. Orkney).
From the Norwegian “grimla”, to glimmer before the eyes, to twinkle or blink. Also “grimlins”.

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Grogram – a coarse fabric of silk,  mohair or wool or a combination of them, and often stiffened with gum.

Grok -to understand profoundly through intuition or empathy;  to intimately and completely share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity; to communicate sympathetically; establish a rapport.

Groupuscule – a very small political group, especially a radical or extremist splinter.

Guanxi – a network of social connection built on mutual trust and the balancing of debts by returning favours so that the benefits of the relationship are shared by all; (in China) the system of social networks and influential relationships which facilitate business and other dealings.

Gubbins – bits and pieces; odds and ends; miscellaneous items; an object of little or no value; paraphernalia; a gadget; fish parings or refuse.

Guddle –  to fish with the hands by groping under the stones or banks of a stream; catch a fish by guddling; a muddle; confusion.

Guerdon -a reward or recompense; to give a reward to someone.

Gulch –  ravine-like or deep V-shaped valley, often eroded by flash floods; shallower than a canyon and deeper than a gully; small ravine, especially one cut by a torrent; to swallow greedily; gulp down; an act of gulching or gulping; a glutton.

Gulchin – a little glutton.

Gyascutus – an imaginary large four-legged beast with legs on one side longer than on the other for walking on hillsides.

Habiliments –  special dress or garb associated with an occasion or office; clothes as worn in a particular profession, purpose or way of life.

Habromania –  morbid impulse toward gaiety; insanity featuring cheerful delusions.

Hadiwist – the awareness that, if only one had known, one must have acted otherwise; a vain regret, or the heedlessness or loss of opportunity which leads to it.  Also had-i-wist, literally, if I had known.

Haggis – a traditional Scottish dish made of  the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep or calf mixed with oatmeal,seasonings and boiled in the stomach of the animal.

Haggleable – able to be haggled over; negotiable.

Haingle  – to amble along in a feeble and listless manner;  walk with a slovenly and jaded appearance.

Hamartia – tragic flaw in a character leading to his/her downfall.

Hamartithia – prone to mistakes.

Handsel –  gift to express goodwill at start of new year or enterprise; a first insallment or payment;  inaugural gift; a speciman or foretaste of what’s to come.

Hangry – feeling of frustration and/or irritability resulting from lack of food.

Haptodysphoria – the uncomfortable or unpleasant sensation some people get when touching soft surfaces for instance cotton wool or peach skins.

Hardscrabble – returning little in exchange for great effort; yielding a bare or meagre living with great labour or difficulty; earning a bare subsistence, as on the land; being or relating to a place of barren, marginal or barely arable soil; characterised by chronic poverty and hardship.

Haruspication – divination from natural phenomena, especially the inspection of animal entrails.

Havage –  familial descent;  lineage; parentage; ancestry.

Havelock –  a covering attached to a cap to protect the neck from the sun or bad weather.

Haysel – haymaking season.

Hebdomadal – taking place, coming together, or published once every seven days; weekly.

Hebetate – to make or become dull or obtuse;  having a blunt or soft point.

Hebetude – the state of being dull, enervated or lethargic; dullness of mind, mental lethargy.

Heimganger – someone who stays at home; a stay at home mother.

Henchman – a faithful follower or political supporter, especially one prepared to engage in crime or violence by way of service;  trusted follower or supporter who performs unpleasant, wrong, or illegal tasks for a powerful person;  loyal and trusted follower or subordinate;  person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests;  an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, esp. a member of a criminal gang; page to a prince or other person of high rank.

Hent – to take hold of by force; seize; grasp; anything that has been grasped, especially by the mind.

Hereism – faithfulness in marriage; monogamy.

Hermeneutic – concerning interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts; a method or theory of interpretation; the study of the methodological principles of interpretation; interpretative or explanatory in nature; a method or theory of interpretation.

Heroine –  a woman of distinguished courage, daring action or ability; a woman admired and emulated for her brave deeds and noble qualities; a woman noted for special achievement in a particular field; a mythological or legendary woman having the qualities of a hero; the principal female character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.

Hesternopothia – pathological yearning for the good old days, beyond notalgia.

Heterodox – not conforming or agreeing with accepted or orthodox standards, beliefs or doctrines; contrary to or differing from some acknowledged standard; holding unorthodox opinions.

Heterophemy – accidental speaking or writing of words different from those meant; unconcious use of words other than those intended.

Highbinder – an unscrupulous person, especially a corrupt politician; an assassin; A member of any of various Chinese-American secret societies active primarily from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s and often involved in criminal activities such as prostitution, blackmail, and hired killings; a ruffian or rowdy; unruly or disreputable person.

Hilar – of or relating to a hilus or hilum; a mark or scar on a seed, such as a bean, showing where it was formerly attached to the plant; nucleus of a starch grain; area through which ducts, nerves, or blood vesselsenter and leave a gland or organ.

Hinchinarfer – a grumpy woman; gruff-voiced woman, with shrieking sisterhood tendencies.

Hingle  – the part (as a gate hinge or pot handle) by which something hangs; a snare with which to catch a hare or rabbit.

 Hippodroming – match fixing, game fixing, race fixing or sports fixing occurs as a match is played to a completely or partially pre-determined result, violating the rules of the game and often the law; conducting races, equestrian, pedestrian, or aquatic, or other contests, in which the result is prearranged by collusion between the managers and the contestants, in order to make gain through betting.

Hiraeth – homesickness;  the sense of loss that comes from having been separated from one’s home; missing the feeling of being home, of having a place; longing or nostalgia especially for Wales and things Welsh.

Hoa –  friend, companion, mate, partner, spouse, ally.

Hoddypeak – a blockhead, fool, simpleton, noodle.

Hodger – a guest who eats and drinks all his/her host’s food and drink.

Hoggin – a mixture of sand and gravel, used especially as hard core in road-building; a finely sifted gravel containing enough clay binder for it to be used in its natural form for making paths or roads.

Hogmanay -the eve of New Year’s Day; a present requested or given on this day.

Hodmandod- strange person; scarecrow; snail or snail shell; any shellfish which casts its shell.

Hokum– something apparently impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or insincere; pretentious nonsense, bunkum;  a device used (as by  showmen) to evoke a desired audience response; elements of low comedy introduced into a play, novel, etc., for the laughs they may bring; sentimental matter of an elementary or stereotyped kind introduced into a play or the like; false or irrelevant material introduced into a speech, essay, etc., in order to arouse interest, excitement, or amusement.

Homodoxian – a person of the same belief or opinion; someone who shares one’s views.

Honorificabilitudinitatibus – with honour, characterised by honour, deserving respect.

Hooliganism – vandalism; wilful wanton and malicious destruction of other people’s property; rowdy, violent, or destructive behaviour;  the actions and behaviour of hooligans; an “average gravity” crime in Russia.

Horatory – an effort to persuade; marked by a strong urging; serving to encourage or incite.

Hornswoggle – to get the better of someone by cheating or deception; bamboozle, cheat, deceive hoax, hoodwink, hoax or swindle.

Horripilation – the bristling of the body hair; a temporary local change in the skin when it becomes rougher due to erection of little muscles, as from cold, fear, or excitement; goose bumps.

Hope –   to cherish a desire with anticipation; to desire with expectation of obtainment; to trust with confident expectation of good; to cherish hopes of; to entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good or to look forward to as a thing desirable, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; one who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.

Hopium – a combination of hope and optimism; a political narcotic.

Horme – energetic activity; goal directed or purposeful behaviour; eagerness for a task; setting oneself in motion.

Horrescent –  expressing or showing horror.

Hortative –   tending to exhort;  giving exhortation; encouraging; seeking to advise or warn.

Houp-doup – the sound made when transitioning from sitting to standing.

Howff – a favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub; an abode; a familiar shelter or resort.

Hugger-mugger – disorderly confusion; muddle; in utter disorder; secret, clandestine.

Hunkypunk – an architectural feature, similar in appearance to a gargoyle,  that is purely decorative, with no other functional purpose.

Hwyl – enthusiasm, good spirit; emotional state capable of arousing intense eloquence;  a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy.

Hygge (Danish) – complete absence of anything annoying, irritating or emotionally overwhelming, and the presence of and pleasure from comforting, gentle and soothing things; a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, with connotation of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and being unhurried.

Hypnopompic – the partially conscious state that precedes complete awakening from sleep; the fuzzy state between sleeping and waking.

Hypocorism – pet name or endearment, especially one using a diminutive suffix.

Hypothecate – to pledge as security without delivery of title or possession;  pledge (money) by law to a specific purpose.

Iamatology  – branch of medicine which deals with remedies.

Ichthyomancy – divination through the examination of fish entrails.

Ides – The 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of the other months in the ancient Roman calendar.

Ideopraxist – one impelled to act by the force of an idea; one who devotes his/her energies to the carrying out of an idea; one who puts ideas into practice.

Idiocrasis – idiocracy; peculiarity of temperament or constitution; idiosyncrasy.

Idiolect –  a variety of a language unique to an individual; distinctive individual form of speech.

Idoneous – adequate, apt, fit, proper, suitable.

Idiopathic – arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause; peculiar to the individual.

 Ingannation – cheat, clever deception, trick.

Ignavia – idleness, laziness, laxity, sloth.

Igniparous – bringing forth fire.

Ignipotent – controlling or presiding or having power over fire;  fiery.

Ignotism – mistake due to ignorance.

Ihi – power, authority, essential force.

Iktsuarpok – (Inuit) the feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming.

Illatration – the act of barking at something or someone.

Illecebrous -tending to attract; enticing, alluring.

Incogitant – thoughtless, inconsiderate.

Imbonity – want of goodness; lack of good qualities.

Imbroglio  – an extremely confused, complicated or embarrassing situation; intricate and perplexing state of affairs;  an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding; a violently confused or bitterly complicated altercation; embroilment; scandal; a confused heap or mass; tangle.

Immanence – remaining within; indwelling; inherent; restricted entirely to the mind; subjective.

Immanent – existing, operating or remaining within; inherent; spread throughout; subjective; taking place within the mind and having no effect outside of it.

Impassible – not subject to harm, pain or suffering; unfeeling, impassive; inaccessible to injury; impossible to pass, cross or overcome.

Impawn – pledge; stake; wager; put in pawn.

Impedimenta -appurtenances; equipment for an activity or expedition, especially when considered as bulky or an encumbrance; baggage or other things that retard one’s progress.

Imperdible – indestructible; incapable of being lost.

Imprecate – curse, wish harm upon; call down or invoke evil upon.

Impigrous – quick, efficient.

Imprimis – in the first place; first in order.

Importunate – persistent, esp. to the point of annoyance or intrusion; overly persistent in request or demand; troublesomely urgent; unreasonably solicitous; pressingly entreating.

Inamorata– a woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship; a woman who loves or is loved, female sweetheart.

Inaniloquent – given to talking inanely; loquacious, garrulous; speaking foolishly, saying silly things.

Inclement –  severe in temper or action; harsh, unkind, unmerciful; physically severe; rough; stormy.

Incohate – not yet completed or fully developed; in an initial or early stage; just begun;  imperfectly formed or developed; formless; rudimentary; incipient; incoherent; not organised; lacking order; (of an offence, such as incitement or conspiracy) anticipating or preparatory to a further criminal act.

Incompt – lacking grace and elegance; unpolished;messy, unkempt.

Incrassate – fattened or swollen; thickened in form or consistency; to make  or become thick or thicker, especially in consistency. to make (a liquid) thicker by addition of another substance or by evaporation.

Incunabulum – an early printed book, especially one printed before 1501;  extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type; the infancy or earliest stages of something; beginning.

Independence – freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

Idoneous – appropriate; suitable; proper; fit; adequate.

Incondite – badly put together; carelessly or inexpertly made; crude; rough; unmannerly.

Indurate – to make hard, harden; to inure as to hardship or ridicule; to make callous or obdurate.

Induratize – to make one’s own heart hardened or resistant to someone’s pleas or advances, or to the idea of love.

Inerrancy –  exemption from error; infallibility.

Ineptocracy – a  system of Government where the least capable of leading are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers; a system of government where people who are unqualified to do the job are elected by people without jobs, who are sustained by taxes collected from people who do have jobs.

Ineluctable – impossible to avoid, or evade; inescapable, inevitable.

Inficete – not witty, heavy footed.

Inflorescence – the complete flower head of a plant including stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers; arrangement of the flowers on a plant; a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches;  a floral axis with its appendages; process of blossoming or flowering; budding and unfolding of blossoms.

Ingurgitate – to swallow greedily or in great quantity; guzzle; overeat or eat immodestly; engulf; swallow up.

Inhere – exist essentially or permanently and inseparably in, as a quality, attribute, characteristic, element or right; belong intrinsically; be inherent or innate.

Inkhorn – a small container made of horn or a similar material, formerly used to hold ink for writing; affectedly or ostentatiously learned; pedantic.

Inpissate  – to thicken or condense.

Inquorate –  having insufficient numbers for a quorum.

Insessores –  a bird with feet adapted for perching (as on tree branches).

Insinuendo – a mixture of insinuation and innuendo.

Intergern – to exchange grins or snarls.

Internecine – of or relating to conflict or a struggle within a nation, an organisation, or a group; mutually destructive, ruinous or fatal to both sides; involving or accompanied by mutual slaughter; deadly; destructive.

Intertesselation – complex or complicated interrelationship.

Intromit –  to admit, send, introduce, allow or permit to enter.

Inviolable – never to be broken, infringed, or dishonoured; prohibiting violation; secure from desecration, destruction, infringement, profanation or violence;  incapable of being violated; incorruptible; unassailable.

Irredentism – a national policy advocating the acquisition of a region in another country with common linguistic, cultural, historical, ethnic, or racial ties; the policies of a 19th-century Italian party that sought to annex parts of certain neighboring regions with chiefly Italian populations.

Irrefragable – impossible to refute, alter, break, contest, controvert or disprove; indisputable.

Insuperable – incapable of being negotiated, overcome, passed over, or solved; insurmountable.

Irrefragable – impossible to refute  or disprove; incontestable; undeniable.

Ithand – industrious; assiduous; continually busy; diligent;constant, continuous, persistent; continual; plodding; conscientious; considerate; careful; watchful; attentive.

Jackass – a foolish or stupid person; a blockhead; a male ass or donkey.

Jacinth – a reddish-orange gem variety of zircon; a gem more nearly orange in colour than a hyacinth.

Jacitation – loud or public bragging;  false boasting or claim, especially one detrimental to the interests of another; tossing.

Jactancy – boastfulness, vainglory.

Jaculate – to cast, hurl or throw, as a dart or spear; to throw out; to emit.

Jaculiferous – bearing prickles or dart-like spines; covered with sharp points.

Jandalising  – vandalising with flip flop damage, creating doubt using conflicting information.

Jape – a practical joke; to do, say or write something in jest or mockery.

Jargogle –  to befuddle, confuse, jumble.

Jaunce – to prounce or cause a horse to prounce.

Jejune –  devoid of interest or significance; dull or insipid; lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed; dry; empty; immature; childish, juvenile.

JellygraphWikipedia says it’s also know as a hectograph or gelatin duplicator –  a printing process which involves transfer of an original, prepared with special inks, to a pan of gelatin or a gelatin pad pulled tight on a metal frame.

Jeremiad – a long, mournful complaint or lamentation; a list of woes; a tale of sorrow or disappointment, an angry tirade; a cautionary or angry harangue; a literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom.

Jettatura –  casting of, or curse by, the evil eye.

Jirble –  pour carelessly or with an unsteady hand; agitate a liquid carelessly so as to cause spilling; spill over, as liquid from an unsteady vessel; the act of pouring out frequently or in small quantities; the act of spilling carelessly; small quantity of liquid poured out; a drop  a drip from a tap; the dregs of liquor left in a glass after repeatedly drinking from it.

Jobation – castigation, scolding, tedious criticism or reproof.

Jobbernowl –blockhead, fool.

Journullism –  news stories which have no news value.

Hat Tip: Another neogilism needed at Dim Post (There’s other clever suggestions in the comments).

 Jouska – a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head—a crisp analysis, a cathartic dialogue, a devastating comeback—which serves as a kind of psychological batting cage where you can connect more deeply with people than in the small ball of everyday life, which is a frustratingly cautious game of change-up pitches, sacrifice bunts, and intentional walks; the imaginary and often lively conversation that you carry out in your head between yourself and someone else.

Jovialist –  a convivial person; one who leads a jovial or merry life.

Jollux – a fat person.

Jow – the ringing, tolling, stroke or sound of a bell; to ring a bell.

Judas – one treacherous enough to betray a friend for personal gain; a one-way peep-hole in a door; purple-flowered Eurasian tree, Cercis siliquastrum, of the legume family.

Jumentous – having a strong animal odour, smelling like horse or donkey urine.

Jungli – uncultured; wild;  a person lacking etiquette.

Jusqu’auboutiste – extremist; hardliner; a person who advocates carrying on a conflict until the bitter end, or until a conclusive victory has been won or all of her/his aims have been achieved.

Kaffeeklatsch an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation; gossip over cups of coffee.

Kairos – a propitious moment for decision or action; the opportune time and/or place, the right time to say or do the right thing; a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action : the opportune and decisive moment; pregnant time, the time of possibility – moments in our day, our week, our month, our year or our lifetime that define us.

Kakorrhaphiophobia – abnormal fear of failure.

Kalon – moral and physical beauty; beauty which is more than skin-deep.

Kalopsia – state in which things appear more beautiful than they really are.

Karma – action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation, in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman;  the doctrine of inevitable consequence; the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person’s deeds in the previous incarnation; action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad; fate, destiny; the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something; distinctive aura, atmosphere, or feeling.

Katharometer – an instrument for detecting a gas or measuring its concentration in a mixture, by measuring changes in thermal conductivity.

Katowse – ruckus, tumult, din.

Katzenjammer – a loud disagreeable noise; a state of bewilderment or depression;  unpleasant after effects from the use of drugs especially alcohol; hangover.

Kedogenous – brought about by anxiety, produced by worry.

Keek – peep surreptitiously;  look furtively;  a surreptitious or furtive glance.

Kemspeckle – conspicuous, easily recognised.

Kench – a bin or enclosure in which fish or skins are salted; beer belly; to laugh really loudly.

Kibitz – to look on and offer unwelcome advice, especially at a card game; watch other people and make unwanted comments about what they are doing; speak informally; chat.

Kilig  (Filipino) – to shiver with delight when something romantic or cute happens; the rush or inexplicable joy one feels after seeing or experiencing something romantic.

Killcow – a bully; a swaggerer.

Kine –  cows collectively.

Kinkle – a slight kink.

Knaggy – full of or covered with gnarled, knotty protuberances; craggy, knotty, rough or rugged; , rough in temper.

Knismeisis – light, feather-like tickling.

Komorebi (Japanese) – the scene produced by interplay of sunlight and trees; sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees.

Kopophobia – fear of physical or mental exhaustion or fatigue.

Koyaanisqatsi – nature out of balance; crazy life;  life in turmoil or disintegrating; a way of life so unbalanced you need a new way.

Kulak – a peasant in Russia wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labour; a comparatively wealthy peasant who employed hired labor or possessed farm machinery and who was viewed and treated by the Communists during the drive to collectivise agriculture in the 1920s and 1930s as an oppressor and class enemy; before the revolution of 1917 a prosperous, ruthless, and stingy merchant or village usurer.

Kummerspeck – (German):  literally grief bacon;  weight gained as a direct result from emotional overeating; added fat caused by stress-induced overeating.

Kvetch – to complain persistently; a chronic, habitual and/or whining complainer; a nagging complaint.

Laager– A camp, especially one protected by a circle of wagons or armored vehicles; a mobile or temporary fortification made of wagons; an entrenched policy or viewpoint; to enclose in a defensive encirclement.

Labefactation – loosening, shaking,weakening, fall, deterioration, downfall; the process of coming apart or falling into decay.

Labefy – to weaken or impair.

Labile –  open or prone to change;  readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown; easily altered; unstable; an adaptability to alteration or modification, relatively easily changed or rearranged.

Labour – productive work, especially physical toil done for wages; workers, especially manual workers, considered collectively or as a social class or political force; difficult or arduous work or effort; a particular job or task, especially of a difficult nature; the process or effort of childbirth or the time during which this takes place; work at an unskilled manual occupation; to strive; to be burdened by or at a disadvantage because of; to make one’s way with difficulty; to deal with or treat too persistently; to be in labour; to pitch,roll or toss (of a ship); work noisily and with difficulty (of an engine).

Lachrymogenic – causing tears or weeping.

Lachrymose – tearful or given to shedding tears or weeping; inducing tears, sad, mournful.

Lackadaisical  – lacking enthusiasm and determination; lacking spirit or interest; carelessly lazy; indolent; without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic.

Lackwit – addlehead, beetlebrain,  blockhead, bull head, dimwit, dunderhead, dunderpate, giddyhead, halfwit; a dull or witless person.

Lactivorous – feeding, living or subsisting on milk.

Lacuna – an unfilled space or interval; a gap; a  missing portion in a book or manuscript; a  small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure.

Lagniappe – a small gift presented with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment, bonus or for good measure; an extra or unexpected gift or benefit.

Lalochezia – emotional relief from the use of  indecent or vulgar language; relief of tension through filthy talk;  the use of foul or abusive language to relieve pain or stress.

Lambent –  flickering; glowing, gleaming; running lightly over a surface; dealing lightly with a subject; brilliantly playful.

Lamoprophony – speaking in loud, clear tones; loudness and clarity of voice; enunciation.

Landloper – a wanderer, vagrant, or adventurer.

Laodicean –  lukewarm or healf-hearted, especially in regard to religion or politics; a person with such an attitude.

Largifical – ample; liberal;  generous;  bountiful.

Largition – to give bountifully, the bestowing of largess or a gift.

Larmoyant – tearful, weeping.

Larrup – a blow; tobeat flog, thrash or whip.

Lapactic – cathartic, purgative.

Largifical – ample;  bountiful; generous; liberal.

Latchet – a narrow strap, thong or lace for fastening a sandal or shoe.

Latitudinarian – holding or expressing broad and tolerant views, especially in religious matters; a person who is broadminded and tolerant, one who displays freedom of thinking.

Latrinalia – a type of deliberately inscribed marking made on latrines; bathroom graffiti.

Laudation – containing or expressing praise; commendation;  eulogy.

Laugh – to express mirth or delight, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air by a series of spontaneous or usually unarticulated sounds often accompanied by corresponding facial and bodily movements; show or feel amusement or good humour; feel or express derision or contempt; mock; produce sounds resembling laughter; affect, influence or express by laughter; to drive, put or bring by or with laughter; something amusing, absurd, or contemptible; fun.

Laxism – the belief that an unlikely opinion may be safely followed; belief that allows adherents to follow the opinion that favours liberty and against the law even though the opinion is improbable.

Legerdemain – skilful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks; deceitful cleverness; deception; trickery.

Leggiadrous – elegant; graceful; pleasing.

Leitmotif – a dominant and recurring theme; a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation.

Lethologica – inability to recall the precise word; difficulty recalling words.

 Levant – abscond, run away, leaving unpaid debts; leave secretly or hurriedly to avoid paying debts.

Lexiphanic – using bombastic or pretentious wording or language; interlarded with pretentious words; of people who use such language.

Lexpionage – hunting or sleuthing for new words or phrases.

Liberty – being free from restriction or control; freedom from unjust or undue government control or restriction; freedom from arbitrary or despotic control; the right and power to act, believe, or express oneself as one chooses or pleases;  being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labour; the right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference; the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges; breach or overstepping of propriety or social convention; statement, attitude, or action not warranted by conditions or actualities; unwarranted risk; a chance; a, usually short,  period of shore leave for a sailor.

Librocubularist – a person who reads in bed.

Lief – happily, gladly; willing; desirous; dear; beloved; treasured, valued.

Limbeck – to rack the brain in serach of a new idea.

Limerence – a state of mind resulting from romantic attraction, characterised by feelings of euphoria and the desire to have one’s feelings reciprocated; an involuntary interpersonal state that involves intrusive, obsessive and compulsive thoughts, feeling and behaviours that are contingent on perceived emotional reciprocation from the object of interest; a state of infatuation with or obsession by another person, typically experienced involuntarily and characterised by a strong desire for reciprocation of one’s feelings but not primarily for a sexual relationship.

Limicolous   – dwelling in mud or muddy regions; living in slime.

Liminal – of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process; occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

Liminality –  the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete; the transitional period or phase of a rite of passage, during which the participant lacks social status or rank,remains anonymous, shows obedience and humility, and followsprescribed forms of conduct,dress, etc.; of or relating to a sensory threshold; barely perceptible; of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition.

Limn – depict or describe in painting or words; represent; portray a scene or events; suffuse or highlight (something) with a bright colour or light.

Limning – depict or describe in painting or words; suffuse or highlight (something) with a bright colour or light.

Lingtow – a coil of rope worn over the shoulder by smugglers.

Linguipotence – mastery of language or languages; ability to use language.

List – a number of connected items or names written or printed consecutively, typically one below the other; considerable number; a long series; put oneself in a specific category;  furrow or plant; an inclination to one side, as of a ship; a tilt; palisades enclosing an area for a tournament; place of combat; area of controversy;  narrow strip, especially of wood; border or selvage of cloth; strip or band of colour; make a list of; lean or cause to lean to the side; recruit for or enlist in military service.

Lollapalooza – an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; person or thing that is particularly impressive or attractive; an exceptional example or instance.

Locavor – a person who tries to eat only locally grown or produced food.

Logomachy– controversy marked by verbiage; an argument or dispute about words and their meanings; an argument or dispute carried out in words only; a battle of words; an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words.

Logophile – a lover of words; a connoisseur of words.

Logorrhea – a tendency to extreme loquacity; pathologically excessive and often incoherent wordiness;  repetitious speech; incessant or compulsive talkativeness; wearisome volubility.talkativeness; wearisome volubility; excessive use of words;  pathologically excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness.

Lollygag – spend time doing things that are not useful or serious; idle; fool around; waste time in trifling or aimless activity.

Longueur – a dull, protracted or tedious passage in a book, piece of music or performing art.

Looder – swearer, attestor, oath-taker; to thrash, administer a beating.

Losel – good for nothing, worthless.

Louche – of questionable taste or morality; disreputable or indecent; dubious; shady; sordid in a rakish or appealing way.

Lowbella small bell (as for the neck of a sheep or cow); a bell used with a sudden casting of light to frighten, stupefy, and capture birds; to frighten, scare or bewilder.

Lubricious – oily, slippery or smooth; shifty or tricky; lewd; wanton; sexually stimulating;arousing or expressive of sexual desire; salacious.

Lucifugous – avoiding or shunning light; having a dislike of light, particularly from the sun.

Lucubration – a piece of writing, typically a pedantic or over elaborate one; that which is composed by night; that which is produced by meditation in retirement; laborious work, study or thought, especially at night; the act of studying by candlelight; nocturnal study; meditation.

Luculent – clearly expressed; clear in thought or expression; lucid; bright, shining;

Ludibrious –  sportive; wanton; ridiculous.

Ludic – aimlessly playful; showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness.

Lummox – a clumsy, stupid person; a large, gangly, lanky person.

Lumpen – of or relating to dispossessed, often displaced people who have been cut off from the socioeconomic group with which they would ordinarily be identified; vulgar or common; plebeian.

Lunarist – someone who believes the moon affects the weather.

Lunt – a match; the flame used to light a fire; smoke or steam,especially smoke from a tobacco pipe; to emit smoke or steam; to kindle a fire; light a pipe, torch etc; walk while smoking a pipe.

Lupine – of or relating to or characteristic of wolves; savage; ravenous; predatory; Any of numerous plants of the genus Lupinus in the pea family, having palmately compound leaves and variously coloured flowers.

Lurdan – an idle or incompetent person; a lazy good-for-nothing; a dullard.

Lutalica – the part of your identity that doesn’t fit into categories

Mabsoot – a happy person.

Macarism – pleasure in another’s happiness; a beatitude.

Macaronic – text using a mixture of languages, particularly bilingual puns or situations in which the languages are otherwise used in the same context; of or containing a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with vernacular words given Latinate endings; of or involving a mixture of two or more languages; mixed, jumbled.

Macedoine – a confused mixture; medley; a mixture of fruits or vegetables cut up or diced, served raw or cooked as a salad or cocktail or in a jellied dessert or used in a sauce or as a garnish.

Macrologia – long-speaking or long-winded with the connotation of tedious conversation; using more words than necessary to appear eloquent; longwindedness.

Macrophobia – fear of long waits.

Macroseism – major earthquake.

Macrosmatic – having or pertaining to a good sense of smell; Denoting an abnormally keen olfactory sense.

Maculate – blotched, spotted or stained; impure; to blemish, spot or pollute.

Maffick – rejoice with loud emotional display; celebrate publicly with extravagant and/or hilarious demonstrations.

Maieutic –  helping to bring forth ideas; of or relating to the aspect of the Socratic method that induces a respondent to formulate latent concepts through a dialectic or logical sequence of questions.

Maffick – to rejoice with an extravagant and boisterous public celebration.

Mage – a magician or learned person; skilled magic user who, unlike wizards and sorcerers, needs no staff as an outlet of his magic, but instead uses his/her hands;  practitioner of paranormal magic.

Maginnis – a wrestling hold from which escape is difficult.

Magoozlum – hooey, nonsense, tosh, tripe, twaddle.

Mahy – a word wizard; literary genius; writer with the gift of  scansion and sense of verbal play.

Malapert – impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy; boldly disrespectful; an impudent, saucy person; a lunar crater that lies near the southern limb of the moon.

Malapropos – inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely, unseasonable; at an awkward or improper time or place.

Maledicent – someone addicted to abusive speech; one who enjoys speaking slanderously or reproachfully.

Malefaction –  criminal, evil doer; evil doing.

Maleficent – doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious; working or productive of harm or evil; baleful.

Malicidity – a combination of malice and stupidity, treachery and boneheadedness.

Malism – belief that the world is mostly bad.

Mallemaroking – carousing of seamen on icebound ships; the boisterous and drunken exchange of hospitality between sailors in extreme northern waters.

Malthusian – of or relating to Malthus or his theory that population tends to increase at a faster rate than its means of subsistence and that unless it is checked by moral restraint or disaster (as disease, famine, or war) widespread poverty and degradation inevitably result.

Malversation – misbehaviour, corruption, misuse of public or other funds; misconduct in public office; corrupt administration.

Mammatus – (also known as mammatocumulus) mammary cloud; cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud; of, relating to, or being a cloud whose lower surface is in the form of pouches; rounded, smooth, sack-like protrusions hanging from the underside of a cloud .

Mammothrept  – child brought up by her/his grandmother; spoilt child.

Mana – (Maori) prestige, authority, control, power, influence, status, spiritual power, charisma; an impersonal force or quality that resides in people; supernatural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object.

Manaakitanga  – respect for hosts or kindness to guests, to entertain, to look after.

Manspreading – the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats.

Mansuetude –  meekness, tameness, gentleness  of manner, mildness; sweetness of temper.

Manuhiri  – guests, visitors.

Maritorious – being fond of one’s husband to the point of obsession; excessively fond of one’s husband.

Marmalise – beat (someone) up; beat soundly or defeat utterly; thrash.

Hat Tip: Andrew Alderson writing on Martin Guptill and the Black Caps who broke several records in yesterday’s win against he West Indies.

Maschalephidrosis – massive sweating of the armpits; hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the axillary (armpit) areas.

Matariki – the Pleiades or Seven Sisters star cluster;  the season of the first rising of the cluster in late May or early June; Maori New Year.

Mātauranga – education, knowledge, skill, understanding, wisdom.

Maternal – relating to a mother, especially during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth; (of feelings) typical of a caring mother; of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother; motherly; related through the mother’s side of the family.

Matripotestal – of or pertaining to the authority exercised by a mother or a mother’s blood relatives; maternal control.

Matutinal – of, pertaining to, relating to, or occurring in the morning; early.

Matutolypea – ill-humour in the morning; getting out on wrong side of bed; being ill-tempered and easily annoyed especially in the morning.

Maunder – to talk incoherently or aimlessly; talk in a rambling, foolish or meaningless manner; move or act aimlessly or vaguely or in a confused manner; wander.

McCawsome –  amazing, fantastic, superlative, wonderful;  extraordinary determination, drive, intelligence, leadership, strength, skill and tenacity tempered by humility.

Mediagenic –  tending to convey a favourable impression when portrayed by the media; attrractive and appealing to readers/listeners/veiwers of news media.

Megrim – depression, low spirits, unhappiness; a caprice, fancy or whim; migraine; vertigo; any disease of animals marked by disturbance of equilibrium and abnormal gait and behavior.

Melange – assortment, mixture.

Meliorism  –  the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort; an idea in metaphysical thinking holding that progress is a real concept leading to an improvement of the world; belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment.

Melliferous – bearing, forming, producing or yielding honey.

Mendacious – given to or characterised by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth; telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful.

Mensch – a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person; one of admirable character; a person of integrity.

Mensur – the traditional kind of fencing; the distance between two duellers.

Mephitic – foul-smelling; noxious; poisonous; putrid.

Meraki – doing something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work; doing something you love so much you leave something of yourself in it.

Meretricious – alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry; apparently attractive but having no real value; based on pretense, deception, or insincerity; pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.

Metadata – a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.

Metagrobologist – one who does or makes puzzles.

Metagrobolize – to baffle, confound, disturb, mystify, puzzle.

Metanoia – the journey of changing one’s heart, mind, self or way of life; change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion; a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; a rhetorical term for the act of self-correction in speech or writing.

Metastasize –  to  spread or escalate in an undesirable manner;  (of malignant cells or disease-producing organisms) to spread to other parts of the body.

Miasma – a noxious influence; oppressive or unpleasant atmosphere that surrounds or emanates from something; unpleasant or unwholesome air; highly unhealthy smell or vapour; noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.

Milagro – (Spanish) miracle.

Militate – to have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change; have weight or substantial effect; argue against; to cast doubt on.

Millenarianism -belief by a religious, social, or political group or movement in a coming major transformation of society, after which all things will be changed, based on a one-thousand-year cycle; belief in a coming ideal society, especially one created by revolutionary action.

Mimesis – imitation, mimicry;  imitative representation of the real world in art and literature; imitation or reproduction of the supposed words of another, as in order to represent his or her character;  imitation of the real world, as by re-creating instances of human action and events or portraying objects found in nature; the deliberate imitation of the behaviour of one group of people by another as a factor in social change; the appearance, often caused by hysteria, of symptoms of a diseasenot actually present.

Mimp – pursing of the lips; to speak affectionately.

Mimsy  – rather feeble and prim or affected; underwhelming, and ineffectual; a combination of miserable and flimsy.

Minacity – baleful;  the action or process of threatening or menacing; ff a menacing or threatening nature; threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; a tendency to use threats; intimidation, menace.

Minatory – expressing or conveying a threat; of a menacing or threatening nature.

Mishanter  – mishap,  misfortune, misadventure.

Misocapnist – someone who hates smoking or tobacco smoke in any form.

Misology – distrust or hatred of argument, enlightenment, logic, reason or reasoning.

Misophonia – hatred of sound; a neuropsychiatric disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds.

Misosophy – hatred of knowledge or wisdom.

Misprision – the deliberate concealment of one’s knowledge of a treasonable act or a felony; seditious conduct against the government or the courts; a neglect or violation of official duty by one in office; failure to perform a public duty;  a mistake especially one due to misreading, either deliberately or unintended, or to misunderstanding; scorn; contempt.

Mizzle -to rain in fine, mist-like drops.

Moider – to confuse, perplex, bewilder; to exhaust, overcome, stupefy; throw into disorder or an unsettled state; talk in a rambling or confused manner; bother or pester.

Moiety -one of the portions into which something is divided; component; one of two social or ritual groups  into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.

Moil– to drudge, labour, toil, or slave; work hard;to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy; drudgery; confusion, turmoil.

Monachopsis –  the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place; as maladapted to your surroundings as a seal on a beach—lumbering, clumsy, easily distracted, huddled in the company of other misfits, unable to recognize the ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.

Mondegreen –  the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning;   a misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song;  a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung.

Mondongo – a Latin American soup made from tripe; fortitude and determination.

Monkeyshine – mischievous or playful activity; antic, prank or trick.

Monomyth –   a cyclical journey or quest undertaken by a mythical hero.

Monotonic – speaking or uttered with an unchanging pitch or tone;  succession of sounds or words uttered in a single tone of voice;  characterised by or uttered in a monotone: a monotone recitation ofnames; of or having a single colour; (in maths) designating sequences,the successive members of which either consistently increase ordecrease but do not oscillate in relative value.

Moodle – to dawdle aimlessly; to idle time away.

Moonballing – hitting high topspin balls during a baseline rally;  action or practice of hitting high lobs; play that is predominantly characterised by such shots.

Mooncalf – foolish person, dolt; a congenitally grossly deformed and mentally defective person; a person who spends time idly daydreaming; the abortive fetus of a cow or other farm animal.

Mopery –  a violation of a trivial or imaginary law or rule; mopish behaviour.

Morbidezza – a delicate representation of flesh tones in painting; a musical term denoting a soft or delicate performance of a piece; extreme softness, smoothness, or delicacy, especially in works of art, sculpture, music.

Mordant– sharply caustic or sarcastic; bitingly painful; incisive and trenchant; burning, corrosive; serving to fix colors in dyeing; reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or textiles or other materials; a corrosive substance, such as an acid, used in etching.

Mossback  – an old-fashioned or reactionary person; one holding extremely conservative views and values; an old turtle or shellfish with a growth of algae on its back.

Mother – a woman who gives birth or who has the responsibility of physical and emotional care for specific children;  female parent;  woman in authority; the superior of a religious community of women; woman who creates, originates, or founds something; creative source; an origin; woman respected for her wisdom and age; maternal love and tenderness; biggest or most extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale; to bring up a child or children with care and affection.

Mu – a state of voidness, nothingness, or detachment which is thought to transcend the concepts of negative and positive;  the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet ( Μ, μ ), transliterated as m.

Mubble-fubbles/ mubblefubbles – depression for no apparent reason, melancholy.

Mucronate- coming to or ending in a hard, sharp point;.

Muculency – acting snottitly or arrogantly; snottiness, arrogance.

Mudita – pure joy unadulterated by self interest; sympathetic or vicarious joy; happiness in the joy of others.

Mulct  – extract money from (someone) by fine or taxation; penalise or deprive someone by fining or demanding forfeiture; acquire by trickery or deception; defraud or swindle.

Mulligan – a stew made from odds and ends of food; an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot, not counted on the scorecard in golf.

Multiloquence – condition, quality or state of being multiloquent; use of many words; talkativeness, garrulousness.

Multipotentialite – a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits; an individual whose interests span multiple fields or areas, rather than being strong in just one; the ability of a person, particularly one of intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields.

Mumpsimus –  A traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable;  a person who obstinately adheres to such a custom or notion;  adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy; an ignorant and bigoted opponent of reform; an obvious error that is obstinately repeated despite correction; a traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable; someone person who obstinately adheres to such a custom or notion; an ignorant and bigoted opponent of reform.

Mundicidious   – happening, to be met with, or to be looked for in this world; likely or able to destroy the world.

Mundungus -refuse;  offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption; poor-quality tobacco with a foul, rancid, or putrid smell.

Munted – broken, broken, bent, scraped, splintered, shattered, crashed, crushed, smashed, snapped, squashed, lascerated, punctured, peirced, cracked, destroyed, burst,  demolished, trashed, disintegrated, fractured, fragmented, pounded, pulverized, slammed, squashed, squished, or ruined; abnormal or peculiar  (of a person) ; drunk or intoxicated.

Murcid – lazy, slothful; shirking work or duty.

Murly – crumbly; friable; composed of crumbly earth.

Murrain – a plague, pestilence, dire disease, epidemic, or crop blight; an infectious disease affecting cattle or other animals.

Murth – great quantity, an abundance; plenty.

Muskings – refuse swept up from a barn and used for feeding pigs.

Mussitate – mumble, mutter; talk indistinctly and usually in a low voice.

Myotahapea (Finnish) – a sense of shame you feel on someone else’s behalf when they do something stupid or embarrassing.

Myrmidon – a loyal follower;  a hired ruffian; a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously; a member of a warlike Thessalian people led by Achilles at the siege of Troy.

Nabocklish –  never mind; leave it alone, don’t meddle.

Nanophilia – attraction to short people; an interest in nanotechnology and its benefits.

Nap – to sleep for a brief period, often during the day; doze; snooze; to be unaware of imminent danger or trouble; be off guard; a brief sleep, siesta.

Naprapathya system or method of treating disease that employs no medications but uses manipulation of muscles, joints, ligaments, etc., to stimulate the natural healing; medical treatment by manipulation of spine, thorax or pelvis.

Nastify – to render nasty;  spoil; make something gross; represent (a fictional character) as nasty or as becoming nasty.

Nasute – keen scented, critically discriminating, having a big nose.

Natsukashii (Japanese) – suddenly, euphorically nostalgic, triggered by experiencing something for the first time in years.

Naufragous – causing ship wreck.

Nazzy (Yorkshire) – intoxicated, drunk.

Nebbish – a timid, meek, weak-willed or ineffectual person.

Nebulochaotic – chaotic, confused, hazy.

Necromancer – a person who practises necromancy; one who supposedly communicates with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future; a wizard or magician.

Nelipot – barefooted person, one who walks without shoes.

Nemophilist – a haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest, its beauty and solitude.

Nemophilous – forest loving, fond of woods and groves; inhabiting woodlands.

 Nescient – lacking knowledge or awareness; ignorant; agnosticism.

Neoteric – recent, new, modern; a person who advocates new ideas.

Nepenthe – medicine for sorrow; drug of forgetfullness; a potion capable of making one forget suffering.

Nepotation – riotous behaviour, profligacy.

Nequient – unable, not being able.

Nescience – absence of awareness or knowledge; ignorance; agnosticism.

Nesh – weak and delicate; feeble; unusually susceptible to cold weather; sensitive to the cold; timid or cowardly.

Ngātahi – together.

Niaiserie – simplicity, silliness or an instance of this.

Nictitate – wink or blink.

Niggler – person who pays excessive attention to trifles or petty details; person who criticises or finds fault constantly or repeatedly; a carper.

Nigroglobulate – to exclude someone by a negative vote or veto; to blackball.

Nihilarian – one who does useless work, had a meaningless job or deals with unimportant things.

Nimiety – excess, superfluity.

Nisus – an effort or endeavour to realise an aim; a mental or physical effort to attain an end; a striving toward a particular goal or attainment.

Nithing – an exceptionally vile, despicable person; someone completely without honour; coward; villain; a person who breaks the law or a code of honour; an outlaw.

Nocent – having a tendency to cause harm; injurious.

Noceur – someone who goes to bed late or not at all; one who stays out late to revel or party.

Nodus – a difficulty; a complicated, knotty or problematic idea or situation.

Noesis  – cognition: the psychological result of perception, learning and reasoning; understanding; the exercise of reason; the functioning of the intellect; highest kind of knowledge; knowledge of the eternal forms or ideas.

Nomogamosis – marriage between people highly suitable for each other.

Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

Nonage – period of youth or immaturity; infancy or minority;  lack of requisite legal age.

Nonce – coined, occurring, used, or made only once or for a special occasion; the present, or immediate, occasion or purpose.

Nonversation – a pointless chat; meaningless conversation.

Noology – the branch of learning that deals with the mind or thinking; a work on this subject; the study of the spiritual or distinctively human aspects of humanity;  the science of phenomena regarded as purely mental in origin.

Noscible- knowable; recognisable; well-known

Nosism –  the editorial or royal we; the use of we when referring to oneself.

Notabilia – things worthy of notice or worth noting.

Notaphily – the study or collection of bank notes.

Nothingarian – a person of no particular religious belief, creed, particular sect or political affiliation.

Novaturient – desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behaviour, or situation.

Nugacity – trifling talk or behaviour; triviality,futility, drollery.

Nugatory–  of little or no value or importance, trifling; useless, futile; having no force, ineffective.

Numinous – the power or presence of a divinity;  awe-inspiring, profoundly spiritual; of, like or pertaining to a deity; suffused with religious awe.

Nummamorous – money-loving; devoted to making money.

Nuncupative – spoken rather than written; declared orally rather than in writing.

Nundination –  buying and selling; trade; traffic at fairs; an act or instance of bartering.

Nuppence – no charge or cost; to be paid nothing.

Nurdle – a very small pellet of plastic which serves as raw material in the manufacture of plastic products; a pre-production microplastic pellet about the size of a pea.; a toothbrush-length strip of toothpaste; to score runs in cricket by gently nudging the ball into vacant areas of the field; to work the ball away gently, esp. to the leg side; to accumulate runs slowly by this method; gently waffle or muse on a subject which one clearly knows little about.

Nutation – a periodic variation in the inclination of the axis of a rotating object;  the act or an instance of nodding the head, especially involuntarily or spasmodically; a wobble in a spinning gyroscope or other rotating body; a small irregularity in the precession of the equinoxes; the circular swaying movement of the tip of a growing shoot; spontaneous movements of plant parts during growth.

Nyaff –  a  small object; a trifle; a stupid, irritating, or insignificant person; a small or contemptible person.

Nycthemeron – The whole natural day and night; 24 hours consisting of day and night.

Nyurrugu – the noise of talking heard a long way off when the words cannot be made out.

Oath – vocal affirmation of the truth of one’s statements, generally made by appealing to a deity; a solemn appeal to a deity, or to some revered person or thing, to witness one’s determination to speak the truth, to keep a promise; to testify upon oath;  a solemn, formal declaration or promise to fulfill a pledge, often calling on God, a god, or a sacred object as witness; a statement or promise strengthened by such an appeal; a formally affirmed statement or promise accepted as an equivalent of an appeal to a deity or to a revered person or thing; affirmation; the form of words in which such a statement or promise is made; an irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God or anything sacred.

Obambulate – to wander about.

Obganiate – to irritate with reiteration; to annoy someone by constant repetition.

Obedible – docile, capable of obedience.

Obeisance – a gesture expressing deferential respect, such as a bow or curtsy; deference, homage.

Obelize -to mark with an obelus;  to condemn as spurious, doubtful or corrupt.

Objurgate – to berate, chide, rebuke, scold.

Objurgation – harsh rebuke or criticism, earnest denunciation, rebuke, scolding.

Obloquy – strong public criticism or verbal abuse;  censure, blame, or abusively detractive language or utterance aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public; calumny;  discredit, disgrace, or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse, or denunciation.

Obnoxity –  an obnoxious, objectionable, or offensive person or thing; an object of aversion.

Obnubilate – becloud, cloud over, cover with or as if with a cloud; darken; obscure; make unclear, indistinct, vague.

Obrumpent – breaking; bursting.

Obrut – to overthrow; overwhelm; bury,  cover over.

Obscurantism – opposition to the spread of knowledge; being deliberately vague or obscure,the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or the full details of some matter from becoming known; a style in art and literature characterised by deliberate vagueness or obscurity.

Obstriction – being bound, constrained or obliged; obligation, bond.

Obtenebrate – to darken, cast a shadow over.

Obtund – dull the sensitivity of; blunt, reduce the edge or violence of; deaden; deprive of sharpness or vigour; make less intense.

Obtuse – annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand; characterised by a lack of intelligence or sensitivity; stupid or unintelligent : not able to think clearly or to understand what is obvious or simple; slow on the uptake; not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull. 2. not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form; rounded at the extremity; indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound; an angle of more than 90° and less than 180°.

Occaecation – the act of blinding or going blind.

Och – an expression of surprise, contempt, annoyance, impatience, or disagreement; sentence connector; an expression used to preface a remark, gain time, etc.

Ochlophobia – an abnormal or morbid fear of, or aversion to, crowds.

Oculoplania – letting one’s eyes wander while assessing someone’s charms.

Odditorium – place for displaying oddities; a miscellaneous collection.

Odium – strong dislike, contempt, or aversion; a state of infamy or disgrace resulting from hateful or detestable conduct; the reproach, discredit, or opprobrium attaching to something hated or repugnant.

Offendicle – an occasion of sin or spiritual difficulty; a cause of offence; something that causes spiritual stumbling; a stumbling block.

Officious – marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; objectionably aggressive in offering one’s unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome; interfering; informal, unofficial.

Oikophobia –  fear of the familiar; the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours. ; a fear of houses, homes, or being stuck in a house.

Oleaginous – rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily or greasy; exaggeratedly and distastefully complimentary; falsely or smugly earnest; obsequious; unctuous.

Oligopoly – a state of limited competition, in which a market is shared by a small number of producers or sellers; a situation in which a particular market is controlled by a small group of firms.

Oligopsony – a state of the market in which only a small number of buyers exists for a product or service; a market situation in which the demand for a commodity is represented by a small number of purchasers.

Olio –  a highly spiced stew of various meats and vegetables originating from Spain and Portugal; a miscellaneous collection of things; a mixture of heterogeneous elements; hodgepodge; a medley or potpourri; collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; miscellany.

Olitory – 0f or pertaining to, or produced in, a kitchen garden; of or relating to culinary herbs or kitchen vegetables; used for kitchen purposes.

Omniana – pieces of information concerning everything; thoughts or scraps of information about all or many kinds of things, especially a collection of notes, jottings, or short pieces of writing on all or many kinds of subjects.

Omniferous – bearing, carrying, or consisting of all things, or many kinds or sorts of things; all-bearing; producing all kinds.

Omnific – capable of making or doing anything; all-creating; having unlimited powers of creation.

Omnishambles –  something which is completely and continuously shambolic; a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.

This is Oxford Dictionaries’ UK word of the year.

Why omnishambles? Well, it was a word everyone liked, which seemed to sum up so many of the events over the last 366 days in a beautiful way. It’s funny, it’s quirky, and it has broken free of its fictional political beginnings, firstly by spilling over into real politics, and then into other contexts. If influence is any indication of staying power, it has already staked its claim by being linguistically productive in its own right, producing a number of related coinages. While many of them are probably humorous one-offs, their very existence shows that the omnishambles itself has entered at least the familiar parlance, if not quite the common parlance. And for every Romneyshambles (coined in the UK to describe US presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s doubts that London had what it took to host a successful Olympic Games) and omnivoreshambles (detailing the furore over the proposed badger cull in England and Wales) there is the far more sober adjective omnishambolic. . .

Omphalos – the centre or hub of something; someone who thinks they are the centre of the universe; a stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi thought to mark the centre of the earth.

Omphalopsychite – one who stares fixedly at or contemplates her/his navel to induce a mystical trance.

Oniomania – an uncontrollable desire to buy things; an obsession with shopping and buying that causes adverse consequences; compulsive buying disorder (CBD).

Onolatry – worship of donkeys or asses.

Oocephalus – egghead.

Ooftish   – money, cash.

Operose – done with or requiring much toil; involving or displaying much industry or effort; laborious; diligent, industrious; very busy, active.

Ophelian – frantic; tragically insane; displaying madness, suicidal tendencies, and similar characteristics; pertaining to Opheila.

Opiniaster – an opinionated person; one who obstinately holds to an opinion.

Opprobrious  – outrageously disgraceful or shameful; expressing contemptuous reproach; scornful or abusive; conveying or expressing scorn or criticism; deserving of opprobrium; bringing disgrace; shameful or infamous.

Oppugn  to question the truth or validity of; call into question; oppose; contradict; dispute.

Opsimath – one who begins or continues learning late in life.

Opsit – of a couple, to sit up unchaperoned together as a recognised part of courtship.

Opsomania  – intense longing for a particular kind of food, or for highly seasoned food.

Optotoxical – a look that could kill, usually from a parent or spouse; of or pertaining to poisonous looks.

Oriflamme – a banner, symbol, or ideal inspiring devotion or courage; a principle that serves as a rallying point in a struggle;  the red or orange-red flag of the Abbey  of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France.

Ornithopter – a machine designed to fly by means of artificial flapping wings; a heavier-than-air craft sustained in and propelled through the air by flapping wings.

Orotund – full, round, and imposing; sonorous; bombastic; pompous; pretentious.

Ort – a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.

Ossification –   the act or process of ossifying; the natural process of boneformation; hardening or calcification of soft tissue into a bonelikematerial; a bony formation;  a mass or deposit of such material; theprocess of becoming set in a rigidly conventional pattern, as of behavior,habits, or beliefs; rigid, unimaginative convention. Hat tip:Kiwiblog

Ostracean  – of, like or pertaining to oysters; any one of a family of bivalves, of which the oyster is the type.

Ostrobogulous – slightly risqué or indecent; bizarre, interesting, strange, unusual or weird.

Otiant – idle, resting; to make someone else grow dull.

Otorhinolaryngology – the  medical specialty concerned with diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.

Otiose –  serving no practical purpose or result; functionless, superfluous, useless; indolent, idle, indolent, lazy; ,ineffective; being at leisure.

Outrance –  to the limit; the utmost extremity; unsparingly.

Oxter – to support by the arm, walk arm in arm with; to take or carry under the arm; to embrace, put one’s arm around; armpit; in coal-mining, a reëntrant corner in a working face.

Pabulum – food, provender; a subtance that gives sustenance; insipid intellectual nourishment;  naive, trite, insipid, or simplistic entertainment, intellectual fare, writing, speech, or conceptualisation; pap.

Pacable –  lenient, mild, lamb-like, benign, meek; willing to forgive, able to be appeased.

Pachydermatous – of, relating to, or characteristic of a pachyderm; elephant-like; thick-skinned; emotionally hardened; insensitive; impervious to criticism or insult.

 Pachycephalic – thick skulled.

Paladin – any of the twelve peers of Charlemagne’s court, of whom the count palatine was the chief; a knight renowned for heroism and chivalry; an advocate, champion, strong supporter or defender of a cause.

Paleomnesia – having a good memory for events of the distant past.

Palilalia – a speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetition of words, phrases, or sentences; complex tic comprising the repetition or echoing of one’s own spoken words, which may sound like stuttering.

Palinoia – compulsive repetition of an act until it is perfect.

Palpebrate – having eyelids; to blink or wink, espeically repeatedly.

Palliate – allay or moderate; relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate; make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.

Pallucid – transparent, translucent. shining through; reflecting light evenly from all surfaces; admitting the passage of light; easily understood, clear.

Paludal – of or relating to marshes or fens; marshy; living or occurring in a marshy habitat.

Pandect – acomplete body of the laws of a country; a legal code; a treatise covering an entire subject; a compendium in 50 books of the Roman civil law made by order of Justinian in the 6th century.

Pandemonism – belief that every object (animate or inanimate), idea (abstract or concrete), and action is inhabited by its own independent supernatural spirit; worship spirits dwelling in all forms of nature; belief in a universe that is infused by an evil spirit.

Pandiculation the act of stretching and yawning.

Panegyric – a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something; a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy;  formal eulogistic composition intended as a public compliment; elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium.

Panjandrum – a person who has or claims to have a great deal of authority or influence; a mock title for a mysterious (frequently imaginary) personage of great power or authority; a pompous or pretentious official; a self-important person in authority.

Panoptic – including everything visible in one view; showing or seeing the whole at one view; considering all parts or elements; all inclusive.

Paracosm – a detailed imaginary world, or fantasy world, involving humans and/or animals, or perhaps even fantasy or alien creations.

Paraph – a flourish after or below a signature, originally as a precaution against forgery.

Paraesthesia – abnormal, morbid or perverted sensation; a sensation of tingling, burning, prickling, tickling, or pricking of a person’s skin with no apparent long-term physical effect.

Paralipsis – drawing attention to something while claiming to be passing over it; the device of giving emphasis by professing to say little or nothing about a subject.

Parasitaster  – a mean or sorry parasite.

Paronomasia – word play exploiting multiple meanings; pun.

Paraprosdokian –  a rhetorical term for an unexpected shift in meaning at the end of a sentence, stanza, or short passage; a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.

Paschal – relating to the Jewish Passover or Easter.

Patchery – hypocrisy; knavery, roguery; trickery, cheating, deception; that which is thrown or sown together usually clumsily or with different colour and textures, like patchwork.

Patience – the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset;  quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper or irritation; ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; a European dock, Rumex patientia,  of the buckwheat family, whose leaves are often used as a vegetable; game of cards played by one player.

Patulous – spreading;  spread widely apart; wide open or distended.

Pauciloquent – using or uttering few words; brief in speech; laconic.

Pavisand –  to display an impressive or opulent array of clothing and ornament; to flaunt one’s appearance.

Peace – freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility; the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world;  freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension;  public order and security agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations or groups; to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism; a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations;  freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.

Peccable – liable or prone to sin or error; susceptible to temptation.

Peculate – embezzle money, especially public funds; to steal, or take dishonestly, or misuse money or property entrusted to one’s care.

Pentimento – a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas; the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.

Peradventure – maybe, perhaps, possibly; uncertainty, doubt.

Percipient – having good insight or understanding; perceptive; discerning; discriminating; a person who is able to perceive things; one on whose mind a telepathic impulse or message is held to fall.

Perdegana – an agreement in certain games whereby the loser wins.

Perdurable – enduring continuously; imperishable; long lasting; extremely durable, permanent.

Perfervid – extremely or extravagantly eager; impassioned or zealous; intense; ardent.

Periapt – an item worn as a charm against illness or misfortune;  amulet.

Peripeteia – a sudden turn of events, reversal of fortune or change in circumstances, especially in reference to fictional narrative; the turning point in a drama after which the plot moves steadily to its denouement.

Performative  – relating to or denoting an utterance by means of which the speaker performs a particular act, especially the act described by the verb; performing an act by the very fact of being uttered; relating to or being an utterance that performs an act or creates a state of affairs by the fact of its being uttered under appropriate or conventional circumstances; (eg I apologise);  denoting a verb that may be used as the main verb in such an utterance.

Perihelion – the point nearest the sun in the orbit of a planet, or other celestial body.

Peripatetic – a person who travels fro place to place; pedestrian, itinerant; a follower of Aristotle or adherent of Aristotelianism; travelling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods; walking about or from place to place; travelling on foot; of or relating to the philosophy or teaching methods of Aristotle, who conducted discussions while walking about in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.

Peripetia – a sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances or situation, especially in a literary work; turning point.

Peristeronic – of or relating to pigeons.

Persiflage – frivolous, flippant or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery; light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.

Perspicaciousness – keenness of perception and discernment; having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.

Perissology – the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning; redundancy or superfluity of expression, pleonasm; an instance of this.

Pertinacious – adhering resolutely or holding tenaciously to a design, purpose, belief, opinion, or course of action; stubbornly or perversely persistent; stubborn or obstinate.

Petrous – like rock or stone, especially in hardness; stony; rocky; noting or pertaining to the hard dense portion of the temporal bone, containing the internal auditory organs.

Perturbation – anxiety; mental uneasiness; a deviation of a system, moving object, or process from its regular or normal state or path, caused by an outside influence; a cause of disturbance or upset; a secondary influence on a system that modifies simple behaviour, such as the effect of the other electrons on one electron in an atom.

Pervicacious – stubborn, willful, obstinate, refractory.

Pestiferous – bearing or bringing disease, moral harm, or annoyance; pernicious; constituting a pest or nuisance; bothersome;  morally evil or deadly.

Petrichor – the smell of rain on dry ground.

Phatic – denoting or relating to language used for general purposes of social interaction, rather than to convey information or ask question; of, relating to, or being speech used to share feelings or to establish a mood of sociability rather than to communicate information or ideas.

Phenakism – deception; trickery; a form of deceit or craftiness.

Phew  –  exclamation of relief, surprise, disbelief, weariness.

Philanthropy – goodwillto fellow members of the human race; active effort to promote human welfare; an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes; the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations; an organization distributing or supported by funds set aside for humanitarian purposes.

Philippic – a bitter or cruel attack or denunciation; discourse or declamation full of bitter condemnation; tirade; any of the orations delivered by Demosthenes, the Athenian orator, in the 4th century b.c., against Philip, king of Macedon.

Philosophaster –  a pretender or dabbler in philosophy; one who engages in shallow or pretentious philosophising; a pseudo-philosopher.

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

Philostorgy – natural affection such as parents have for their children.

Phew  –  exclamation of relief, surprise, disbelief, weariness.

Piacular – making or requiring atonement or expiation ; expiatory; sinful, heinous.

Picayune – of little account, significance or value; paltry; petty; trifling; a Spanish half-real; a small coin of little value, especially a 5-cent piece.

Picong – light, teasing satirical or comical banter, usually at someone else’s expense; a verbal duel in song.

Pillock – idiot, fool, stupid or annoying person.

Piquant  – having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavour; agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive; sharp, pointed object; spec. a hedgehog spine.

Piscivorous –  feeding on fish.

Pismire – an ant.

Pithanology – persuasive or seductive speech or argument; the use of specious or plausible arguments; sophistry.

Plangent –  reverberating with a loud or deep sound; expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive.

Plangorous – resonant or plaintive in sound; mournful; characterised by loud lamentation.

Pleionosis – the exageration of one’s own importance.

Pleniloquent – full of talk, excessive talking.

Pleonasm – the use of more words than necesary to express an idea; a superfluous word or phrase; redundancy.

Plenipotentiary – a person, especially a diplomat, invested with the full power of independent action on behalf of their government, typically in a foreign country; having full power to take independent action.

Plonking – acting stupidly especially in desperate effort to gain publicity; doing anything which earns the title plonker.

Plerophory –  fullness, especially of conviction or persuasion; the state of being fully persuaded; full assurance or certainty, esp. in relation to an article of religious faith or doctrine.

Plum – any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Prunus of therose family,especially the cultivated species P. domestica and P. salicina,bearing smooth-skinned, fleshy, edible fruit with a single stone; the fruitof any of these trees; dark purple to deep reddish purple; an especiallydesirable position, assignment, or reward; something of a superior ordesirable kind; something given in return for a service oraccomplishment; make plump, fatten; to make soft and springy; satisfy one’s hunger by eating one’s full;  fill (a person) up with false information; completely.

Pluranimity  – diversity of opinions; an instance of diversity of opinions.Pluranimity  – diversity of opinions; an instance of diversity of opinions.

Plutography –  the depiction, presentation, or coverage of the rich, particularly the lifestyles they enjoy, especially as a genre of popular literature, journalism, and broadcasting.

Pluvial – rainy; of or pertaining toor characterised by rain; marked or formed by abundant rainfall; a geologic change resulting from the action of rain; a period marked by increased rainfall.

Pluviose – rainy, characterised by heavy rain.

Pochemuchka – (Russian) – someone who asks too many questions.

Pococurante – indifferent; apathetic; nonchelant; caring little; one who doesn’t care.

Podunk – a hypothetical small town regarded as typically dull or insignificant; an insignificant, out-of-the-way, or fictitious town; any small and insignificant or inaccessible town or village; small isolated town, region, or place that is regarded as unimportant.

Poetaster – an inferior poet; a writer of insignificant, meretricious, or shoddy poetry.

Poetry – literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature; a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion regarded as characteristic of poems; something regarded as comparable to poetry in its beauty; the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts; literary work in metrical form; verse; prose with poetic qualities.

Pokerish – something that elicits a vague fear, dread, or awe; eerie; uncanny; unsafe, dangerous; uneasy; (of a person) affected with a mysterious dread.

Poliorcetics – the art of siege warfare; art of conducting and resisting sieges.

Politpopper – politically correct and correctly dressed, (German, literally a square politician).

Polichinelle – a supposed secret that’s widely known: an open secret.

Pollicitation – a promsie made but not yet accepted.

Poltroon – an utter coward; one lacking in courage and fortitude.

Polyhistor – a polymath; a person of great and varied learning.

Polylemma – a choice involving multiple undesirable options; an argument analogous to a dilemma in which many alternatives are presented in the major premise; a debate forcing a choice between contradictory positions.

Polyphloisboian –  making a loud racket or terrible noise.

Polysemy – the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase; diversity of or multiple meanings; the association of one word with two or more distinct meanings..

Polysomnography – a sleep study which records brain waves, the blood oxygen level, heart rate, breathing, and eye and leg movements; a test used to diagnose sleep disorders.

Pooter – a bottle for collecting small insects,  crustaceans or other small, fragile organisms, usually for scientific purposes, having one tube through which they are sucked into the bottle and another, protected by muslin or gauze, which is sucked; a crimping tool used to crimp a ruff, as worn during the reigns of Elizabeth and James I.

Pooterism – taking oneself far too seriously; believing that one’s importance or influence is far greater than it really is.

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Popinjay – a vain or conceited person especially one who dresses or behaves extravagantly; a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter; coxcomb; fop; a woodpecker; the figure of a parrot usually fixed on a pole and used as a target in archery and gun shooting.

Poppysmic – the sound produced by smacking lips together.

Poseur – a person who habitually pretends to be something s/he is not or to have qualities that s/he does not have; one who affects a particular attribute, attitude, or identity to impress or influence others.

Possum – an opossum; tree-dwelling Australasian marsupial (Petauridae and other families); drinking game in which participants sit in a tree, drinking beer until they fall out; term of endearment.

Postprandial – during or relating to the period after dinner or lunch; occurring after a meal, especially dinner.

Pother – commotion or fuss; confused or fidgety flurry of activity; agitated talk or controversy usually over a trivial matter; cloud of smoke or dust that chokes or smothers.

Povertous – impoverished, poor, poverty-stricken.

Pragma ( πράγμα) – mature love;  deep understanding that develops between long-married couples; that which has been done, a deed, an accomplished fact; what is done or being accomplished; a matter, question, affair; that which is or exists, a thing.

Prate – to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble; to utter in empty or foolish talk; talk at tedious length; talk much and without weight, or to little purpose; to be loquacious;  the act of prating; empty or foolish talk; continued talk to little purpose; trifling talk; unmeaning loquacity.

Prebuttal – an argument or response formulated in anticipation of a criticism; a pre-emptive rebuttal.

Predacious – living by seizing or taking prey; habitually hunting and killing other animals for food; given to victimizing, plundering, or destroying for one’s own gain; preying on others.

Premonish – to forewarn; admonish beforehand.

Preponderate – to exceed in amount, influence, importance or weight; To be greater than something else in force, power or quantity,  predominate.

Prepone – to reschedule or bring forward to an earlier time.

Preprandial  – done or taken before dinner or lunch; occurring, consumed or done before a meal; of, relating to, or suitable for the time just before a meal.

Presentism – evaluating past events and people by present-day values.

Pressure– the exertion of force upon a surface by an object, fluid, etc., in contact with it, the action of a force against an opposing force;  the force or thrust exerted over a surface divided by its area;  the force of selection that results from one or more agents and tends to reduce a population of organisms; the pressure exerted in every direction by the weight of the atmosphere; a sensation aroused by moderate compression of a body part or surface; the state of being pressed or compressed; to force (someone) toward a particular end; influence; a moral force that compels; to constrain or compel, as by the application of moral force; an urgent claim or demand; the burden of physical or mental distress; the constraint of circumstance; the weight of social or economic imposition; the stress or urgency of matters demanding attention.

Prestidigitation – performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; conjuring tricks performed as entertainment; sleight of hand; show of skill or deceitful cleverness.

Preterition – the act of passing by, disregarding, or omitting; the passing over by a testator of an heir otherwise entitled to a portion; the passing over by God of those not elected to salvation or eternal life.

Pribble – a trivial dispute; petty disputation, paltry discussion, vain chatter.

Primogeniture – the state of being the first born or eldest child of the same parents; the right of the eldest child, historically the eldest son, to inherit the entire estate of one or both parents; the right of succession belonging to the first born child, especially the feudal rule by which the whole real estate of an intestate passed to the eldest son.

Prink – to primp; Spend time making minor adjustments to one’s appearance; to adorn oneself in a showy manner; dress or groom oneself with elaborate care or vanity; fuss over one’s dress, especially before the mirror.

Private – Secluded from the sight, presence, or intrusion of others; designed or intended for one’s exclusive use;of or confined to the individual; personal; undertaken on an individual basis; of, relating to, or receiving special hospital services and privileges; not available for public use, control, or participation;  belonging to a particular person or persons, as opposed to the public or the government;  of, relating to, or derived from nongovernment sources; conducted and supported primarily by individuals or groups not affiliated with governmental agencies or corporations; not for public knowledge or disclosure; secret; not appropriate for use or display in public; intimate; placing a high value on personal privacy; a noncommissioned rank in the army.

Privilege–  special advantage, favour, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste; such an advantage, immunity, or right held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others; the principle of granting and maintaining a special right or immunity; protection from being forced to disclose confidential communications in certain relationships, as between attorney and client, physician and patient, or priest and confessor; protection from being sued for defamation for making otherwise actionable statements in a context or forum where open and candid expression is deemed desirable for reasons of public policy;  an option to buy or sell a stock; to grant a privilege to; to free or exempt.

Previse – to forecast, foresee or predict;  know or notify in advance; forewarn.

Problematise  – to  consider or treat as a problem; make into or regard as a problem requiring a solution; show that something is an issue or make something into an issue; consider concrete or existential elements as challenges that invite the people involved to transform those situations.

Procellous – stormy, tempestuous.

Procrustean – producing or designed to produce strict conformity by arbitrary, ruthless or violent means; enforcing uniformity or conformity without regard to natural variation or individuality; marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances;   relating to, or typical of Procrustes.

Prolegomenon – preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity; prefatory remark or observation; introductory essay; prologue.

Profligate – a licentious, dissolute person; recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.

Prolix – extending to a great or unnecessary length; using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy or prolonged; wordy; tending to speak or write at excessive length;

Progonoplexia – bragging about one’s forebears; obsession with aancestors or past glories.

Prolepsis – the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance; the anachronistic representation of something as existing before its proper or historical time; the representation or assumption of a future act or development as if presently existing or accomplished; prochronism; a fundamental conception or assumption in Epicureanism or Stoicism arising spontaneously in the mind without conscious reflection; thought provoked by sense perception; the return of an attack of a periodic disease or of a paroxysm before the expected time or at progressively shorter intervals.

Proot – command to move faster given to donkey or mule.

Proprioception – the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement; the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself; ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium.

Prorogue – to defer, postpone; discontinue a session of parliament without dissolving it.

Prosopagnosia – face blindness; a form of visual agnosia characterised by an inability to recognise faces; the inability to recognise the faces of familiar people.

Prosody – the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry; patterns of stress and intonation in a language; , stress, and intonation of speech; the set of speech variables, including rhythm, speed, pitch, and relative emphasis, that distinguish vocal patterns; study of versification; especially the systematic study of metrical structure; a particular system, theory, or style of versification.

Prospero – someone who is capable of influencing others’ behavior or perceptions without their being aware of it.

Prosopopoeia – a figure of speech in which an abstract thing is personified, or in which an imagined, absent, or dead person or thing is represented as acting or speaking;  a rhetorical device in which a speaker or writer communicates to the audience by speaking as another person or object.

Protean – tending or able to change frequently or easily; readily assuming different forms, meanings or shapes; able to do many different things; displaying or exhibiting great diversity or variety; very variable; versatile.

Prothalamion – song or poem written in celebration of a forthcoming marriage or wedding.

Psephology -the  statistical study of elections and trends in voting; academic study of elections and electoral behaviour.

Psilocybin – a hallucinogenic compound of the alkaloid class, found in the liberty cap and related toadstools; a hallucinogenic crystalline solid, C 1 2 H 1 7 N 2 O 4 P, obtained from the mushroom Psilocybe Mexicana.

Psithrism – a whispering sound, the sound wind makes when it rustles leaves.

Psittacism – thoughtless repetition of a word or phrase;  the mechanical repetition of previously received ideas or images, without true reasoning or feeling; repetition of words or phrases parrot-fashion; an instance of this;  automatic speech without regard to meaning.

Pudency – modesty; shame; prudishness.

Pugaree – a scarf, usually pleated, around the crown of some hats, especially sun helmets; turban.

Puissant – having great power, influence, prowess  or strength; mighty, forcible.

Pule – cry plaintively, querulously or weakly; whimper; whine.

Pullulate –  to sprout or breed, send forth sprouts or buds; germinate; exist abundantly; swarm or teem; increase or spread prolifically or rapidly; be very crowded and lively.

Pulveratricious –covered in dust dust-coloured; nesting on the ground.

Pungle  – to make a payment or contribution of money; hand over; pay up; shell out.

Purfle – an ornamental border, typically one inlaid on the back or belly of a violin; finish or decorate with an ornamental border; adorn or edge with metallic thread, beads, lace, etc.

Purgation – purification, purging or cleansing; the act of cleansing or exonerating one’s self of a crime, accusation, or suspicion of guilt by denying the charge on oath or by ordeal; evacuation of the bowels brought about by taking laxatives.

Purlieu – piece of land on edge of forest; outlying district or region; environs or neighbourhood; place where one may range at large; a person’s haunt or resort.

Pusillanimity – a cowardly, irresolute, or fainthearted condition; lacking courage or determination; the vice of being timid and cowardly, and thus not living up to one’s full potential.

Pussyvan – a flurry; temper; tantrum.

Putative –  commonly believed, generally considered or reputed to be; alleged; supposed; assumed to exist or to have existed; imagined; postulated, hypothetical.

Pyromachy – use of fire in combat

Pyrrhic – a metrical foot of two short or unaccented syllables;  (of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor; won at such a devastating cost that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately lead to defeat.

Quadrivial – having or being four roads meeting in a point,  concerning a four-way junction; of the quadrivium; leading in four directions.

Qualunquismo (Italian) – indifferent to political and social issues; apathetic or sceptical of party politics.

Quantophrenia – an obsession with and exaggerated reliance upon mathematical methods or results, especially in research connected with the social sciences; a psychological compulsion to grasp for the numeric.

Quaesitum – the object of a search, that which is sought; answer to a problem; the true value.

Quaggy – of the nature of or resembling a quagmire; marshy; boggy, soft and watery; flabby; pillowy; yielding easily to pressure or weight;not firm.

Quagswag – to shake to and fro.

Quaintise – elegance, beauty; craft; subtlety; cunning, ingenuity; a trick or strategum.

Quaintrelle – a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures; a finely-dressed woman.

Qualmless – without qualms; doubtless.

Quangocracy – rule by quangos or similar unelected bodies; the control or influence ascribed to quango.

Quass – a thin, sour beer-like beverage made by pouring warm water on rye or barley meal and letting it ferment, common in Russia and Eastern Europe; to drink copiously or in excess; to quaff.

Quatsch – verbal nonsense; rubbish baloney; bilge; bosh.

Quean – a woman, especially one who is young or unmarried;  an overly forward, impudent or badly behaved girl or woman; shrew; hussy; prostitute.

Querencia (Spanish) – the place from which your strength is drawn, where you feel most secure, where you are your most authentic self; an area in the arena taken by the bull for a defensive stand in a bullfight.

Querernt – a complainant, a plaintiff; one who inquires or seeks.

Querulent – abnormally given to suspicion and accusation; habitually and abnormally suspicious; constantly complaining.

Quiddity –  the essence or nature of something; petty or trifling distinction; quibble.

Quidnunc – one who always wants to know what’s happening; a gossip or busybody.

Quiescent –    tranquilly at rest; causing no trouble or symptoms; a state of quietness, inactivity or repose; quiet; still; inactive, motionless or restful; freedom from activity, work, strain or responsibility; characterised by an absence of upheaval or discord.

Quiff – a piece of hair brushed upwards and backwards from a man’s forehead;  a prominent forelock; clever trick, ploy, or stratagem to achieve a desired end, especially by unorthodox, irregular, or time-saving means; a dodge; a tip.

Quillet – trivial  or banal objection; a subtlety; a quibble; small tract of land.

Quirinal – one of the seven hills on which Rome was built; a building or institution located on this hill; the Italian civil authority and government.

Quipu – an ancient Inca device for recording information, consisting of variously coloured threads knotted in different ways; a device consisting of cords or threads of different colours arranged and knotted in various ways, used originally by the Incas of Peru and the surrounding areas for recording events, keeping accounts, sending messages, etc.

Quisguous  – perplexing, puzzling.

Quisquilious – rubbishy, trashy; worthless.

Quobled – hands that are shrivilled and wrinkled from doing too much washing up.

Quodlibetificate – to quibble with.

Quomodocunquize – to make money by any means possible.

Quotha – expression of surprise or contempt.

Rafty – damp and cold; bleak;  musty.

Ragabash – an idle, ragged, worthless person.

Ragaire – (Irish) one who enjoys late-night wandering, or for sitting up talking long into the early hours.

Ragery  – wantonness; gaiety, sprightliness; an instance of this.

Ragmatical – wild, riotous, ill-behaved.

Rāhiri – to welcome, receive cordially; admire, esteem, respect, venerate, ppreciate; to grieve over, mourn, sorrow for.

Raisonneur – character in a novel or play who voices the central theme, philosophy or point of view of the work; a character who acts a a mouthpiece for the author.

Ramage – boughs or branches; warbling of birds in trees; wild, untamed, unruly, violent.

Ramfeezled – exhausted by overwork; fatigued; overspread;

Ramuliferous – bearing ramuli or branchlets.

Rancidification – chemical decomposition of fats, oils and other lipids; disagreeable odour or taste of decomposing oils or fats; rank; repugnant; nasty, rancid remarks.

Rangimārie – peace.

Rannygazoo – the run-around; horse-play,  irritating or foolish carryings-on; nonsense; prank or tricks.

Ranz-des-vaches – literally rows of cows;  simple, but often irregular, melodies played on the alpenhorn by Swiss herdsmen/women to call cattle in for milking or back to the pasture.

Rapscallion – a mischievous person; rascal, ne’er-do-well.

Ratiocinate – form judgments by a process of logic; think, reason or argue logically or methodically.

Ratiocination – of, relating to, marked by, or skilled in methodical and logical reasoning; the process of exact thinking; conscious deliberate inference.

Raupatu – confiscate, take by force.

Rebarbative – unattractive and objectionable; tending to irritate; repellent.

Rebuild – to build again after damage or destruction; make extensive structural repairs to; dismantle and reassemble with new parts or materials; remodel or make extensive changes; restore to a previous state.

Receptary – accepted as fact but unproved; generally or popularly admitted or received.

Recherché – exquisite; choice;  lavishly elegant and refined; tasteful in appearance or behaviour or style; exotic; uncommon, rare; affected, showy or pretentious; lavishly elegant; excessively refined; affected; pretentious; overblown.

Réclame – art or practice by which publicity or notoriety is secured; a gift for dramatisation or publicity; hunger for publicity, flair for getting attention; showmanship;  public acclaim.

Recondite – difficult to understand; not known by most people; abstruse.

Recrudescence – The action or fact of breaking out afresh; a recurrence of a disease or medical condition, or of an undesirable state of things, bad feelings, etc., especially after a period of quiescence or remission; a new outbreak after a period of abatement, latency or inactivity.

Recrudescent  – breaking out again; the revival of an unfortunate situation after a period of abatement; coming into renewed activity after a period of quiescence.

Rectalgia – pain in the rectum; proctalgia;

Rectilinearly – moving in, forming, consisting of, bounded or characterised by a straight line or lines; following a rectilinear path.

Recumbentibus – a knock-out blow, physical or verbal.

Rectalgia  – pain in the rectum.

Redintegrate – restore to a state of soundness, wholeness, unity, or perfection; to make whole or complete again; renew; evocation of a particular state of mind resulting from the recurrence of one of the elements that made up the original experience.

Redivivus – living again, brought back to life, revived.

Redundant – no longer needed or useful; superfluous; able to be omitted without loss of meaning or function; characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural; having some unusual or extra part or feature; characterized by superabundance or superfluity.

In engineering:  a structural member not necessary for resisting statically determined stresses; a structure with members designed to resist other than statically determined stresses; hyperstatic; noting a complete truss having additional members for resisting eccentric loads; a device, circuit, computer system, etc with excess or duplicate parts that can continue to perform in the event of malfunction of some of the parts.

Refection – : refreshment of mind, spirit, or body; especially : nourishment; refreshment with food or drink;  a light meal; reingestion of fecal material to obtain nutrients, as practiced by rabbits and rats.

Refocillate – to restore, refresh, revive, reanimate; comfort. =

Refudiate – reject. ( Oxford American Dictionary ‘s word of the year).

Refulgent – shining with, or reflecting, a brilliant light; radiant, resplendent; gleaming, lustrous.

Reify – to regard or treat an abstraction as if it had concrete or material existence; make something abstract more concrete or real; bring into being.

Rimbomb – to resound or reverberate.

Reintarnation – coming back as a hillbilly.

Reird –  to make a noise; to resound; to shout, roar, bellow;  to scold or be abusive to someone in a loud voice; to boast or brag loudly; utterance, speech; an instance of this; a voice, a cry.

Relations – the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected; a thing’s effect on or relevance to another;  the way in which two or more people, countries, or organisations feel about and behave toward each other;  existing connections; significant associations between or among people or things; logical or natural associations between two or more things; sexual intercourse; connections between people by blood or marriage; relevance of one to another.

Rendition – a performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music;  the act of rendering; translation from one language to another; the surrender of a person, place, or possession, as to anauthority or a victorious force; the practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.

Renitent – resistant to physical pressure or compulsion; recalcitrant; unyielding.

Repine – to feel or express discontent or gloom; be dicontented, brooding or in low spirits; fret; yearn after something.

Resilience – bouyancy; the ability to recover from change, disaster, illness, misfortune or tragedy.

Residuum – that which remains; residue; remainder; quantity or body of matter remaining after evaporation, combustion, distillation, etc.

Resilient – able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed; able to withstand or recover quickly from change, difficult conditions, illness, or misfortune; bouyant.

Resipiscence – acknowledgement of a mistake; recognition of error, change to better frame of mind; widsom derived from experience.

Resistentialism –  the seemingly malevolent, perverse or spiteful behavior of inanimate objects.

Resolution – a firm decision to do or not to do something; a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group; the act of analysing a complex notion into simpler ones; the act of answering or determining.

Restraint – holding back or keeping in check; an influence that inhibits or restrains; a limitation; control or repression of feelings, constraint.

Retroussé – (of a nose) attractively turned up at the tip.

Retrouvaille (French) – the joy of reuniting with someone after a long separation; rediscovery.

Rhinotillexomania – compulsive or habitual nose picking.

Riant – smiling, laughing; showing or feeling mirth, pleasure or happiness; cheerful; gay (in the old sense of the word).

Rident laughing; smiling; cheerful.

Rime – frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapour in cloud or fog;  an accumulation of granular ice tufts on the windward sides of exposed objects that is formed from supercooled fog or cloud and built out directly against the wind; a white incrustation of ice formed when supercooled water droplets freeze almost instantly on contact with a solid surface; a coating, as of mud or slime, likened to a frosty film; to cover an object with hoar frost; archaic variant of rhyme.

Risibility – the tendency to laugh often and easily; the ability or disposition to laugh; humorous awareness of the ridiculous and absurd; laughter.

Risorial – causing, pertaining to, or producing laughter.

Rive – to rend or tear apart; break or divide into pieces, as by a blow; wrench open; cleave or split asunder; break, distress, harrow or rend.

Rixation – a quarrel, argument; a fight,  brawl.

Roborant – restoring strength or vigour; a restorative tonic; tending to energise, fortify or increase strength.

Rodomontade – pretentious, bragging; boastful or inflated talk or behavior; bluster.

Roister – to engage in boisterous merrymaking; act in an uproarious manner; revel noisily; behave in a blustering way; swagger.

Roisterer – one who roisters, acts in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner; one who revels noisily or without restraint; an especially noisy and unrestrained merrymaker.

Roseate – rose-coloured; bright or promising; cheerful or optimistic.

Roucoulement – soft cooing or murmuring noise; the characteristic sound made by a dove or pigeon.

Rudd – to put  personal ambition before party good; to be blinded by vanity; to miscalculate.

Rumblegumption – a considerable portion of understanding, common sense.

Runcation – weeding.

Rupestral – composed of or inscribed on rock; of vegetation that grows on rocks or cliffs; living among or occupying rocks or cliffs.

Rusticate – suspend a student from a university as a punishment; go to, live in, or spend time in the country; to cause to become rustic, implant rustic mannerisms in; fashion masonry in large blocks with sunk joints and a roughened surface; to build or face with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints.

Rustication – being “sent down” or expelled temporarily (specifically from Oxford or Cambridge); to leave temporarily for welfare and/or health reasons; the act of making someone leave a place, especially a private school or Oxford or Cambridge University, as a punishment;  a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc); the act of a person or thing that rusticates; banishment into the country; the action of retiring to and living in the country; the condition naturally attaching to life in the country; a simple or old-fashioned style of living or decoration that is typical of the countryside; any of various forms of ashlar so dressed and tooled that the visible faces are raised above or otherwise contrasted with the horizontal and usually the vertical joints.

Ruth – feeling of pity, distress, or grief; sympathy; compassion.

Rutilent – glittering with ruddy light;  glowing ruddily; shining.

Sabretache – a flat satchel on long straps worn by some cavalry and horse artillery officers from the left of the waist-belt; a leather case suspended from a cavalryman’s saddle.

Sackbut – an early form of trombone used in Renaissance music.

Sacricolist  – a devoted, devout or pious worshiper.

Sacrifice  – the offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some material possession to a deity, as in propitiation or homage; the person, animal, or thing so offered; the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim; the thing so surrendered or devoted; a loss incurred in selling something below its value; the surrender of something of value as a means of gaining something more desirable  or of preventing some evil; something given up or lost.

Saginate  – to pamper or make fat.

Saltus – breach of continuity in a sequence, especially the omission of a necessary step in a logical argument; jump to a conclusion.

Salvor – one who salvages or assists in salvaging a ship or its cargo;  a ship used in salvage.

Samfie – a conman, swindler;  confidence trickster, especially one who pretends to have supernatural powers.

Samizdat -the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in the communist countries of eastern Europe; periodical, literature or other work produced by this system; an underground press.

 Sangh – an organized group of people with a shared aim or interest; an association or union, especially a political or labour organisation.

Sanguinolent – containing or mixed or tinged with blood.

Sanguisugent –blood sucking, blood thirsty.

Sapience – discernment, judgement.

Sapropel – an unconsolidated sludge consisting of the decomposed remains of aquatic organisms, esp algae, that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and oceans; black, decaying, organic bottom deposits in some lakes, rivers, etc. that lack oxygen and are rich in hydrogen sulfide;  dark-coloured sediments that are rich in organic matter; a slimy sediment of marine, estuarine, or lacustrine deposition consisting largely of organic debris derived from aquatic plants and animals;

Sarchasm – the gulf in understanding between an author’s sarcastic wit and the quedience that doesn’t get it.

Sarcinarious  – serving to carry a burden or load.

Sass – impudence, cheek; to talk disrespectfully, especially to someone older or in authority; stewed fruit; fruit sauce; fresh vegetables.

Sassitude – a combination of sassy and attitude; the position of the body or manner of carrying oneself in a fashion suggestive of arrogance, cockiness and/or superiority.

Satisfice–  decide on and pursue a course of action satisfying the minimum requirements to achieve a goal or particular result; to settle for enough, whether you’re satisfied or not; a decision-making strategy that aims for a satisfactory or adequate result, rather than the optimal solution.

Satori – sudden enlightenment; spiritual awakening sought in Zen Buddhism, often coming suddenly.

Satorial – of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing, or style of dress.

Saudade – a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament; yearning; brooding loneliness.

Saxicoline –  living or growing among rocks;  of or relating to the genus Saxicola.

Scandent – climbing; ascending; having climbing habit; characterised by a climbing mode of growth.

Scapegrace – a reckless and unprincipled reprobate; an idle mischievous person;  a wild person; a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp.

Scattergood – wasteful person; spendthrift.

Schlemiel – a stupid, awkward or unlucky person; a habitual bungler, a dolt.

Sclerotic – hard, rigid; slow to adapt or respond; becoming rigid and unresponsive; losing the ability to adapt; of or having sclerosis, an abnormal hardening of a tissue or part; anatomy Of or relating to the sclera – the white fibrous outer layer of the eyeball.

Scintilate – to emit or send forth flashes of light or sparks; sparkle; fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or photon.

Sciolism –  pretence to wisdom; conceit due to it; giving an opinion on a subject of which one has no knowledge; superficial knowledgeability.

Scobiform –  like sawdust or scrapings.

Scofflaw –  a person who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with one that is difficult to enforce effectively; one who habitually  violates the law or fails to answer court summonses or pay fines; a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.

Scopperloit – rude or rough play; horseplay; roughhousing.

Scream – utter a long, loud, piercing cry or cries expressing extreme emotion or pain; emit a shrill, piercing sound; speak or write with intense or hysterical emotion; laugh immoderately or uncontrollably; shout or speak shrilly, especially with harsh or exaggerated words; produce harsh high tones; produce a vivid startling effect; a loud sharp penetrating cry or noise; a very funny person or thing.

Screever – a professional writer of begging letters; also a pavement artist.

Scripturient – possessing a strong urge or consuming passion to write; having a liking or itch for authorship.

Scroop – a rasping sound : creak, scrape;  the crisp rustle of silk or similar cloth that has been treated with dilute acid; to emit a harsh, grating sound.

Scurryfunge –  to rush around tidying when expecting visitors; a hasty tidying of the house between the unexpected news of approaching visitors and their arrival.

Sedens – someone who remains a resident of the place or region of her/his birth;

Sedulous – diligent in application or attention; persevering; assiduous;  persistently or carefully maintained; involving great care, effort, and persistence.

Sedulously –  involving or accomplished with careful perseverance; diligent or persevering and constant in effort or application; assiduous; carefully maintained.

Sementine – pertaining to sowing or seeding fields.

Septentrional – northern; of the north.

Sequacious – lacking independence or originality of thought; following, imitating, or serving another person, especially unreasoningly; easily influenced or led; servile; compliant; persisting in a continuous intellectual or stylistic direction; having a sequence.

Serac – a pinnacle or ridge of ice on the surface of a glacier; a block or column of glacial ice, often formed by intersecting crevasses on a glacier.

Senticous – prickly, thorny.

Serein – the supposed fall of dew from a clear sky just after sunset; fine rain falling from an apparently clear sky after sunset, or in the early hours of night, especially in the tropics; evening serenity.

Sesquipedalian –   given to or characterised by the use of long words; long and ponderous; a long word, polysyllabic.

Serry – a crowd or massed bunch of people; to crowd closely together.

Service – the action of helping or working for someone; an act of helpful activity; useful labour that does not produce a tangible commodity; contribution to the welfare of others; the supplying or supplier of utilities, commodities or communications required or demanded by the public; the providing or a provider of accommodation and activities; perform routine maintenance or repair work on a vehicle or machine; a form followed in worship or in a religious ceremony; a meeting for worship; a set of articles for a particular use; an administrative division; a branch of a hospital medical staff devoted to a particular speciality; one of a nation’s military forces;  the materials (as spun yarn, small lines, or canvas) used for serving a rope; the act of bringing a legal writ, process, or summons to notice as prescribed by law; mate a male animal with a female.

Sesquipedality – using, or given to using, long words; an instance or condition of being sesquipedalian.

Sgiomlaireached –  the habit of dropping in at mealtimes.

Shemomedjamo (Georgian) – I accidentally ate the whole thing; to eat past the point of being full just because the food tastes good; to continue eating food even though you’re already full, just because you like the taste so much.

Shibboleth  – a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important; a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning.

Shilpit – pale and feeble; puny; sickly looking; pinched and starved in appearance.

Shrievalty – the office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a sheriff; of or relating to a sheriff.

Sialoquent – spitting or spraying saliva while speaking.

Sidereal – of or with respect or relating to the distant stars or constellations; determined by or from the stars.

Siffilate – to whisper.

Sillage – trail left in the water by a boat, wake; scent that lingers in the air; trace of someone’s perfume; the impression made in space after someone has been and gone.

Sipid – having a pleasing taste or flavour; of agreeably distinctive character.

Sirenize – to allure, especially by melodious singing; use the enticements of, or act as, a siren; fascinate.

Sisyphean – a task that is endless and ineffective comes; a pointless or interminable activity; of or relating to Sisyphus.

Skelf – a splinter or sliver of wood; a tiny amount of something; a slight, thin or diminutive person; troublesome or annoying person.

Skinkling – gleaming, glistening, sparkling; showy.

Skookum– powerful; excellent, first-rate; impressive; strong; brave.

Skosh – a small amount; a little bit, a jot, a tad.

Slacktivist – An activist who seeks projects and causes that require the least amount of effort; one who supports causes and people, without doing anything difficult or inconvenient;  one who undertakes  ”feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel good.

Sláinte – cheers.

Slangevar – cheers, good health.

Slangwhanger – one who verbally attacks others; one who uses abusive slang; a ranting partisan; a newspaper columnist who was free to express personal opinions; political orator; bar-room pundit; hell-fire preacher;  bullying court lawyer.

Slatch –  a calm between breaking waves; area of quiet water between two breaking waves; a relatively smooth interval between heavy seas; a transitory breeze or its duration; an interval of fair weather; the loose or slack part of a rope.

Slick– smooth and glossy; sleek; smooth in manners, speech; suave; sly; shrewdly adroit; ingenious; cleverly devised; slippery, especially from being covered with ice, water, or oil;  floating film of oil; trail of garbage;  paddlelike tool for smoothing a surface,  implement used to make a surface slick, especially a chisel used for smoothing and polishing; a wide tyre without a tread, used in racing;  magazine, usually of large popular readership, printed on high-quality glossy paper; unarmed military aircraft, especially a helicopter; to make smooth, glossy, or oily;  make neat, trim, or tidy.

Slimsy – flimsy; frail.

Sluggerdegullion – a filthy, slobbering person; a sloven, a villain, a fiend, a louse; worthless person; wretch; dirty rascal, drunk or alcoholic person.

Smellfungus – a perpetual pessimist.; discontented person;  grumbler, excessive faultfinder;

Smile – form one’s features into a pleased, kind, or amused expression; facial expression characterised by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and indicating pleasure, amusement, or derision or scorn; pleasant or favourable disposition or aspect; express cheerful acceptance or equanimity; look with favour or approval; express with a smile; effect or accomplish with or as if with a smile.

Smouch – a slobbery smacking kiss; to smutch; to soil; a dark soil or stain; to pilfer, steal, take without permission.

Snaughing/snaughling – a combination of laughing and snorting;  laughing so much you snort which makes you laugh more.

Snickersnee – to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives; a large knife, designed for use as a thrusting and cutting weapon.

Snirtle – to laugh in a series of snorts; snicker mockingly.

Snollygoster – unprincipled but shrewd person, especially a politician; one who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles; a clever, unscrupulous person; carpetbagger; somebody who will go to any lengths to achieve public office, regardless of party affiliation or platform.

Snool – a cringing or servile person; one who meanly subjects oneself to the authority of another; to submit tamely; keep in subjection by tyrannical means.

Snoutfair  – a person with a handsome countenance; someone with a pleasing outward appearance, but who may be lacking in character or scruples.

Snow – frozen precipitation in the form of white or translucent hexagonal ice crystals that fall in soft, white flakes; a falling of snow; a snow storm.

Snudge – a miser; a sneaking fellow; to lie snug or close to; to be stingy and niggardly; to cheat especially in competition; to go about hunched over or as if in deep thought; to stride around as though you’re terribly busy, when in fact you are doing nothing.

Snuggery – a comfortable or cosy place.

Snuzzle – A pleasant combination of snuggling and nuzzling, much like a cat does on it’s owner’s leg; to poke around with one’s nose as dogs do; to thrust the nose against; rub closely with the nose.

Sobremesa (Spanish) –  postprandial table talk; after-dinner conversation.

Sockdolager – something that settles a matter;  a decisive, heavy or knock-down blow, answer or remark; finisher; something outstanding or exceptional.

Sodalist – a member of a sodality; one of the people who comprises a social group, especially individuals who have joined and participate in an organisation.

Sodality – a confraternity or association, especially a Roman Catholic religious guild or brotherhood; an organised society or fellowship specifically : a devotional or charitable association of Roman Catholic laity.

Soggy – heavy, saturated or sodden with moisture or water;  soaked; waterlogged; heavy or doughy because of imperfect cooking; lacking spirit; dull; humid, sultry.

 Soigne – showing sophisticated elegance; fashionable; polished and well groomed; carefully or elegantly done.

Solicitude – care or concern for someone or something; attentive care and protectiveness;  an attitude of earnest concern or attention.

Soligenous – produced by the sun.

Someotherbody – someone else (in memory of my Scottish aunt who introduced it to me).

Somnolent – drowsy, slumberous, slumbery, sleepy.

Soodle – walk slowly; walk about in a slow, relaxed manner without hurry or effort; a leisurely stroll; mosey or saunter.

Soothly – in truth; truly.

Sophrosyne – temperance, moderation; soundness of mind; discretion; prudence.; a healthy state of mind characterised by self-control, moderation and a deep awareness of one’s true self resulting in true happiness.

Sorbto take up and hold by either adsorption or absorption; the fruit of the true service tree.

Spermologer – a picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger.

Spirituel – having or evidencing a refined mind and wit; relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material; relating to the soul or spirit.

Splenetic – affected or marked by ill humor; bad-temperedirritable; peevish; spiteful.

Spermologer – a picker-up of trivia or current news; a gossip monger.

Sprauncy – smart or showy in appearance; dapper.

Sprunt – anything short and stiff; a leap or spring; a steep ascent in a road; active, lively, vigorous; to spring up, forward or outward; to make a quick convulsive movement, jump, run; germinate; to draw oneself up suddenly as in anger or defiance; to bristle; to chase girls around among the haystacks after dark.

Spurious –  fake, not genuine; false; illegitimate.

Squee – to squeal in delight and excitement; a cry or expression of delight and excitement.

Stalworth – stalwart, strong, dependable, firm.

Steampunk – a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology; a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery; tomorrow as it used to be.

Steatogenous  – producing fat; lipogenic; causing fatty degeneration or any disease of the sebaceous glands.

Stentorian – loud and powerful in sound or of voice.

Stercoraceous – consisting, containing,  of, resembling or produced by dung or faeces; fecal; consisting of or relating to excrement.

Sternutation – the action, act, fact, or noise of sneezing.

Sternutatoran agent that irritates the nasal and respiratory passages and causes coughing, sneezing, lacrimation, and sometimes vomiting.

Sternutatory – a chemical substance that causes sneezing and coughing and crying; causing or tending to cause sneezing.

 Stertorous – respiration characterised by a heavy snoring or gasping sound; harsh, noisy breathing; full of or characterised by loud and non-musical sounds.

Steven – dream, vision.

Stiction – the frictional force to be overcome to set one object in motion when it is in contact with another; resistance to the start of motion, usually measured as the difference between the driving values required to overcome static friction upscale and down scale.

Stochastic – involving chance;  probabilistic; randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analysed statistically but may not be predicted; involving or containing a random variable or variables; of, relating to, or characterised by conjecture; conjectural.

Stravage – to wander aimlessly; saunter or stroll; roam.

Strikhedonia – the freedom or pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”; the pleasure of leaving for somewhere new.

 Struthious – of, related to or resembling an ostrich or related bird.

Stultiloquy – absurdity, alogy; imbecility; inconsistency; utter nonsense, nugacity, paradox, stultiloquence; foolish talk; silly discource; babbling.

Suaviloquence – soothing, agreeable or pleasing speech; an  urbane, sophisticated manner of speaking.

Subdermatoglyphic – pertaining to the layer of skin beneath the fingertips; the study of dermal ridges on the fingers, palms, toes, and soles.

Subdolous – sly; crafty; cunning; artful.

Subfusc – dusky; ; dingy; drab; of  a dark, dull, or sombre colour.

Subitize – to perceive at a glance the number of a group of items without counting them.

Suborner – to induce someone to commit an unlawful or evil act; to procure perjured testimony; one who bribes or incites someone to commit a crime.

Suffonsified – to  have had enough to eat; to be full; amply sufficed; satisfied or satiated in appetite.

Suffrage – the right to vote in political elections; the exercise of that right; franchise;  a vote cast in deciding a disputed question or in electing a person to office or trust; a series of intercessory prayers or petitions.

Sumpsimus – a correct expression that replaces a popular but incorrect one; adherence to or persistence in using a strictly correct term; holding to a precise practice, etc., as a rejection of an erroneous but more common form; a person who is obstinate or zealous about such strict correctness.

Sumptuary – regulating or limiting personal expenditure or extravagance; regulating commercial or real-estate activities; intended to regulate personal habits on moral or religious grounds.

Superbious – proud and overbearing; haughty; great, amazing, super.

Supercherie – an attack made upon a person at a disadvantage; foul play; an attack made by deceit; deception, deceit; fraud.

Supererogate – to do more than is expected, ordered or required; to spend over and above.

Supererogatory – excess: more than is needed, desired, or required; observed or performed to an extent not enjoined or required; payment beyond what is due or asked; superfluous, unnecessary.

Supernal – of or relating to the sky or the heavens; celestial; celestial; of exceptional quality or extent; heavenly, ethereal; being or coming from on high; lofty; of more than earthly or human excellence, powers, etc.

Supposititious– substituted for the real thing; not genuine; falsely presented as a genuine heir; illegitimate; substituted with fraudulent intent; spurious; hypothetical; supposed; imaginary.

Suprapessimal – better than least favorable; not the worst that could happen.

Surd – irrational; lacking sense; a voiceless consonant; number that can’t be simplified to remove a square root; not capable of being expressed in rational numbers.

Surplus – an amount of something left over when requirements have been met; amount of an asset or resource that exceeds the portion that is utilised; an excess of production or supply over demand; more than what is needed or used; excess; the excess of assets over liabilities accumulated throughout the existence of a business, excepting assets against which stock certificates have been issued; excess of net worth over capital-stock value;  agricultural produce or a quantity of food grown by a nation or area in excess of its needs, especially such a quantity of food purchased and stored by a governmental program of guaranteeing farmers a specific price for certain crops.

Suspense – the state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or doubtful; pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome; a quality in a work of fiction that arouses excited expectation or uncertainty about what may happen.

Susurrus – a soft rustling or whispering sound; a murmur.

Svengali – a person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose; person who, with evil intent, tries to persuade another to do what is desired.

Swage – a shaped tool or die for giving a desired form to metal by hammering or pressure;  groove, ridge, or other moulding on an object; to shape (metal) using a swage, especially in order to reduce its cross section.

Swartwouter – an embezzler who flees.

Sweven – dream, vision.

Swidden – a temporary agricultural plot formed by cutting back and burning off vegetative cover; to clear land by slashing and burning vegetation.

Swivet – a state of anxiety, discomposure, panic or agitation; affright; tizzy.

Swoopstake – in an indiscriminate manner; altogether.

Symmachy  – fighting jointly or joining a war against a common enemy.

Symploce –  a rhetorical term for the repetition of words or phrases at both the beginning and end of successive clauses or verses; simultaneous use of anaphora and epistrophe.

Synteresis –  conscience as a guide to action; intuitive moral knowledge; innate knowledge of right and wrong.

Syzygyeither of the two positions (conjunction or opposition) of a celestial body when sun, earth, and the body lie in a straight line; the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse) in a gravitational system; a pair of connected or corresponding things.

Tacenda – things to be passed over in silence, matters not to be mentioned.

Tacent – silent.

Talionic – pertaining to revenge in kind, punishment identical to the offence – an eye for an eye.

Tambour –  a small drum; a circular frame for holding fabric taut while it is being embroidered; an embroidery frame; especially : a set of two interlocking hoops between which cloth is stretched before stitching; decorate or embroider on a tambour; a sliding door on desks or cabinets made of thin strips of wood glued side by side onto a canvas backing.

Taphephobia – fear of being buried alive.

Taraadin – a compromise, a way of solving a problem without anyone losing face; a win-win solution.

Taradiddle – a small lie, fabrication, fib; pretentious nonsense.

Tarantism – a  psychological illness characterised by an uncontrollable impulse to dance; a nervous disease characterised by hysteria and popularly believed to be curable by dancing or manifested by a mania for dancing; overcoming melancholy by dancing.

Tardy – delaying or delayed beyond the right, scheduled or expected time; late; slow in action or response; sluggish.

Tath – dung of livestock left on a field to serve as manure or fertiliser; a piece of ground dunged by livestock; strong grass growing around the dung of cattle; to allow or make grazing animals defecate on land so as to fertilise it.

Tartle – to hesitate while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten her/his name.

Tatterdemalion  – ragged, tattered, dilapidated; a person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin.

Tattogey – someone who cheats by using loaded dice.

Tautegorical – expressing the same thing with different words.

Tax – a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers’ income and business profits, or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions; an involuntary fee levied on corporations or individuals that is enforced by a level of government in order to finance government activities; fee charged (levied) by a government on a product, income, or activity; a burdensome charge, obligation, duty or demand; a strain or heavy demand; to impose a tax, lay a burden or make heavy demand on someone or something; to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved; to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse.

Tchotchke – a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; small bauble or miscellaneous item; trinket, knickknack;  pretty girl or woman.

Telesthesia – an impression supposedly received at a distance without the normal operation of the organs of sense; supposed response to or perception of distant stimuli by extrasensory means.

Temerarious – recklessly or presumptuously daring; rash; unreasonably adventurous; marked by temerity..

Tendentious – expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view; biased, partial, partisan.

Tergiversate – make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate; use evasions or ambiguities; be deliberately unclear; change one’s loyalties  attitude or opinions; abandon a belief or principle; turn renegade.

Tergiversation – evasion of straight forward action or clear cut statement;  falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language; equivocation; desertion of a cause, position, party or faith; betrayal; repeated change of attitude or opinion; abandonment or desertion of a cause, party, etc.

Testudineous – characteristic of or resembling a tortoise or the shell of a tortoise; slow.

Thanatoid – apparently dead; death-like; resembling death; mortal; deadly.

Thanksgiving –  the act of giving thanks; a prayer of gratitude; a public acknowledement or celebration of divine goodness; a celebration in Canada and the United States, generally observed as an expression of gratitude on the fourth Thursday of November in the U.S. and in Canada on the second Monday of October.

Thanatology – the scientific study of death and the practices associated with it, including the study of the needs of the terminally ill and their families; the description or study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for coping with them; the study of death and its surrounding circumstances.

Thanatopsis – meditation or reflection on, or contemplation of death.

Thaumaturgist – sorcerer: one who practices magic or sorcery; a worker of wonders or miracles; magician.

Thelemic – allowing people to do as they like.

Thelephobia – fear of nipples.

Theriake – antitdote against a poisonous bite; practice of giving medicine in sugar syrup to disguise its taste.

Thole – to endure, to bear; suffer, endure; undergo; a pin, typically one of a pair, fitted to the gunwale of a rowing boat and on which an oar pivots.

Thrasonical – bragging, boastful.

Threnody – a poem, song or speech of mourning or lamentation; a dirge.

Thrutch – a narrow gorge or ravine; push, press, or squeeze into a space; crush; crowd or throng.

Thunking – the art of thinking backwards.

Thurible –  a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during worship services.

Thurifer – acolyte carrying a censer, or thurible, of burning incense in a religious ceremony.

Tikanga – correct procedure, custom, habit, lore, method, manner, rule, way, code, meaning, plan, practice, convention.

Timon – one who hates or distrusts humankind; a misanthrope.

Tired – exhausted, fatigued, sleepy; weary or bored; overused, hackneyed or stale; impatient.

Tittynope – a small quantity of anything leftover.

Tocsin – an alarm bell or the ringing of it;  a warning signal; an omen.

Toenadering –  a rapprochement; establishing or reestablishing of cordial relations, especially between nations; an approach; the process of coming closer.

Togogata – to turn one’s attention and anger from one person to another.

 Tohubohu – chaos,  confusion, disorder; empty and formless.

Toplofty – haughty, arrogant, pompous; very superior in air or attitude.

Toque – a woman’s small hat, typically having a narrow, closely turned-up brim; a  hat with a narrow brim or no brim at all;  a small cap or bonnet resembling a toque worn by a man or woman; a velvet hat with a narrow, sometimes turned-up brim, a full crown, and usually a plume, worn by men and women especially in 16th-century France; a tall white hat with a full pouched crown, worn by chefs.

Torrefy – roast, scorch, parch or dry (a substance such as an ore, a drug, or a fuel) with heat to drive off all moisture or impurities; subject to fire or intense heat.

Tosh – rubbish, nonsense, bollocks.

Toska – a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often with no specific cause; a dull ache of the soul; a longing with nothing to long for; a sick pining; a vague restlessness; mental throes; yearning; the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness; ennui; boredom.

Towardliness – a good disposition towards something, willingness, docility, promise.

Towardly – appearing likely to succeed; promising; advantageous; favourable; compliant;  propitious or suitable; tractable; docile;. friendly; affable; in the direction of something.

Tragedy – calamity; serious accident; an event resulting in great misfortune and loss;

Tragematopolist – a confectioner or seller of sweets.

Trammel– to hinder or restrain; to enmesh in or as if in a fishing net; restriction or impediment to someone’s activity, expression, freedom of action or progress; a vertically set fishing net of three layers, consisting of a finely meshed net between two nets of coarse mesh; an instrument for describing ellipses; an instrument for gauging and adjusting parts of a machine; a tram; an arrangement of links and a hook in a fireplace for raising and lowering a kettle; a shackle used to teach a horse to amble.

Transhumance – The action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, usually to lowlands in winter and higher country in summer.

Transpicuous – transparent; easily understood; clearly seen through; lucid.

Travertinous – resembling the travertine stone used in Italy.

Triskaidekaphobia – irrational fear of things or events associated with the number 13.

Tristful – full of sadness or  melancholy; sorrowful; gloomy.

Truckle – a small barrel-shaped cheese, esp. cheddar; small wheel or roller; a caster; to yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to act in a subservient manner; submit or behave obsequiously; to be servile or submissive.

Truth – the quality or state of being true; the body of real things, events, and facts; actuality; conformity with fact or reality; verity; fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal.

Truthiness – the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true; the quality of preferring concepts one wishes to be true rather than those known to be true; the quality of seeming to be true according to one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, intellectual examination, or facts; truthfulness or faithfulness.

Tsundoku ( Japanese – 積ん読)  – buying books and not reading them, letting books pile up unread on shelves and bed-side tables.

Tumid – swollen and distended or congested; very complicated and difficult to understand; excessively ornate, complex, tediously pompous or bombastic in language or style grandiloquent.

Tūrangawaewae – a place to stand, a place to belong to, a seat or location of identity.

Turbid – not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment or the like; clouded; opaque; obscured; heavy with smoke or mist; thick, dense; confused; disordered.

Turdiform – a bird of the family Turdidae, which includes thrushes and larks; having the form of a lark.

Turpitude – baseness, deprarvity, vileness.

Turophile  – a connoisseur of cheese, cheese fancier, cheese lover.

Tussie-mussie – a nosegay; small bunch of flowers or aromatic herbs, often with symbolic meanings;  cone-shaped holder for such a bouquet.

Tutelary –  being or serving as a protector, guardian, or patron; or relating to protection or a guardian; having the guardianship of someone or something.

Twattle – talk in a trivial or foolish way;  gossip; talk idly and too much; gabble; to chatter; to twaddle; make much of, as a domestic animal; to pet; the act of prating.

Twerking – dancing to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance; a dance move that involves a person shaking the hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer to shake, wobble and jiggle; the rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in ones intended audience; the deliberate placement of provocative material on a news website with the intention of generating hits.

Tychism –  theory that accepts the role of chance.

Tyromancy – divination involving observation of cheese as it coagulates.

Ubiety –  state of being in a particular place; thereness.

Uberous –  abundant, fruitful, yielding an abundance of milk.

Ubuntu – a quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity; human kindness; an African concept which defines individuals in terms of their several relationships with others; I am what I am because of who we all are.

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Ucalegon –  a neighbour whose house is on fire.

Ugsome  – disgusting, loathsome.

Uitwaaien (Dutch) – to walk in the wind; to take a brief break in the country side to clear one’s head.

Ukase – a proclamation by a Russian emperor or government having the force of law; an order or decree issued by an authority; an edict.

Uliginous – marshy, muddy, oozy, slimy, swampy; growing in swamps or muddy places.

Ultracrepidarian – noting or pertaining to a person who criticises, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his/her expertise; one who opines beyond one’s own range of experience.

Ululate – to howl, wail, or lament loudly; to utter howling sounds, as in shrill, wordless lamentation.

Umbriferous – casting, making or providing shade; shade bringing;  shady.

Unasinous – being asinine; characterised by equal stupidity.

Undulant – having a rising and falling motion or appearance like that of waves; undulating; resembling waves in form, motion, pattern or occurrence.

Unguis – a nail, claw or fang;  the claw-like base of certain petals.

Unthirlable –  unthinkable; undesirable, unlikely to be considered a possibility.

Usufruct – a temporary right to use and derive income from another’s property without destroying it.

Utile – advantageous; being of use or service; useful; a large tropical African hardwood tree.

Uxorious – excessively devoted or submissive to one’s wife.

Vafrous – crafty, cunning, sly.

Vagarious – erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction; characterized by vagaries; capricious.

Vagary – an unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone’s behaviour; an extravagant, erratic or unpredictable action,  course, instance manifestation, notion or occurrence.

Valedictory – of or relating to a valediction; expressing, containing or serving as a farewell; a farewell address; of or pertaining to an occasion of leave-taking.

Valence – relating to or denoting electrons involved in or available for chemical bond formation; relative capacity to unite, react, or interact (as with antigens or a biological substrate); the capacity of someone or something to affect another;  the intrinsic attractiveness or aversiveness  of an event, object, or situation;  the degree of attractiveness an individual, activity, or thing possesses as a behavioral goal

Valentine – a card or message, usually amatory, containing professions of love, usually sentimental but sometimes satirical or comical or burlesque, or a token or gift sent by one person to the object of his/her affection on Valentine’s day; a sweetheart chosen on Valentine’s day.

Valorise – give or ascribe value or validity  to something; to establish and maintain price by government action; to set a fixed arbitrary price.

Vapulate – to beat, flog, whip.

Varevare – to be very young and still quite hopeless.

Varlet – a man or boy acting as an attendant or servant;  a menial servant;  a dishonest or deceitful man; an unprincipled rogue; a knavish person; rascal.

Vecordious – crazy, insane, lunatic, mad senseless.

Velleity – slightest wish, merest inclination, volition at its weakest.

Ventifact – a stone  abraded, pitted, etched, grooved, polished or shaped by wind-driven sand or ice crystals.

Ventose – windy, flatulent, puffed up with conceit.

Ventripotent – large bellied, gluttonous.

Veracious  – speaking or representing the truth; characterised by truthfulness; truthful, honest; accurate.

Verbigeration – a constant or obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases, especially as a symptom of mental illness; continual repetition of stereotyped phrases.

Verbile – one whose mental imagery consists of words; one whose mental processes are most easily stimulated by words.

Vermiculation – a marking made by, or resembling the track of, a worm; marked with irregular fine lines or with wavy impressed lines; a surface pattern of dense but irregular lines; wavy lines cut into the surface of stone, used for decoration.

Vermin – wild mammals and birds that are destructive, annoying and/or injurious to health and/or that carry disease; noxious, objectionable, or disgusting animals collectively, especially those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control;  parasitic worms or insects; irritating or obnoxious people.

Vexillology – the study of flags.

Vibratiunculation – a little thrill, throb, or throe; a slight shudder or vibration.

Vicinal – adjacent; neighbouring; of or relating to a limited district, local; (of a railway or road) serving a neighbourhood; the location of two identical chemical groups or atoms which are bonded to adjacent carbon atoms; (in mineralogy) designating faces on a crystal that approximate or take the place of fundamental planes.

Vigintillion – a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 63 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 120 zeros; amounting to one vigintillion in number.

Vigorish –  a charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment; the rate or amount of such a charge; interest, especially excessive interest, paid to a moneylender.

Vetitive –  having the power to forbid or veto; expressing the wish that something will not happen.

Vilipend – regard or treat as worthless, of little value or with contempt; despise; speak slightingly or abusively of; vilify; disparage; depreciate.

Villiority – being cheaper or of less value.

Virtuecrat –  political figure who preaches his or her own morals as a cultural imperative; a person who is convinced of his or her moral superiority; (also) a politician or other public figure who seeks to promote morality.

Visceral – of, pertaining to or affecting the viscera; characterised by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect; characterised by or dealing with coarse or base emotions; earthy.

Vitiate –  to reduce the value or impair the quality of;  corrupt morally; debase; make ineffective, faulty or imperfect; invalidate; make void; to destroy or annul.

Vitilitigation – vexatious wrangling; frivolous or sophistical objection; cavillation.

Vituperate – to overwhelm with wordy abuse; blame or insult in strong or violent language; rebuke or criticise harshly or abusively; berate, revile.

Vituperation – verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation; bitter and abusive or venomous censure or language; harsh and angry criticism; invective.

Vivify – to give or bring life to; endue with life or renewed life; to enliven, animate; to make more lively, intense, or striking; to impart vitality or vividness to.

Vocifierate – to bawl; to cry out loudly and vehemently, especially in protest; to shout, complain or argue loudly.

Vole – a small, typically burrowing, mouse-like rodent with a rounded muzzle; the winning by one player of all the tricks of a deal in cards; to risk everything in the hope of great rewards; to try every possibility.

Volunteer – someone who renders aid, performs or undertakes a service; someone who expresses willingness to serve or assumes an obligation voluntarily;  someone who holds property under a deed made without consideration;  a cultivated plant growing from self-sown or accidentally dropped seed; to give or offer to give voluntarily; to perform or offer to perform a service of one’s own free will; to do work, usually charitable, without pay.

Voluptuate – to make luxurious or delightful;  take luxurious pleasure in something; luxuriate.

Vorfreude – intense, anticipative joy derived from imaging the future; the joyful anticipation of imagining future pleasures.

Vote– a formal expression of preference for a candidate for office or for a proposed resolution of an issue; a means by which such a preference is made known, such as a raised hand or a marked ballot; a choice or decision expressed by the voice, by hand or by writing;  the number of votes cast in an election or to resolve an issue; a group of voters alike in some way; the act or process of voting; the result of an election or referendum; the right to participate as a voter, suffrage.

Vug – a cavity in rock, often lined with mineral crystals;  a small unfilled cavity in a lode or in rock;  small to medium-sized cavities inside rock  most commonly formed when cracks and fissures opened by tectonic activity (folding and faulting) are partially filled by quartz, calcite, and other secondary minerals.

Wabbit (Scottish) – tired, exhausted; slightly unwell.

Wabi-sabi – a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience; a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete; an acceptance of the cycle of life and death.

Wadmal – thick coarse wool.

Wairangi – to be beside oneself, in a daze, infatuated, foolish, suffering from mental illness, demented, deranged, unbalanced, unhinged, crazy; demon, monster.

Waldo – a remote-controlled device for handling or manipulating objects.

Wanion – bad luck, curse, misfortune, plague often attributed to the waning of the moon.

Warison – wealth, possessions; a treasure; reward, recompense; a war cry or musical note, usually on a bugle, to signal an attack.

Waulk – to cleanse cloth to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and make it thicker; to shrink, matt and thicken cloth, specifically woollen, by beating.

Wazzock – a foolish, stupid or annoying person;  annoying know-it-all;  idiot or daft person.

Wellaway  – an expression of sorrow, grief, woe or distress; a lamentation.

Welter – wriggle; roll, writhe, tumble about; move in a turbulent fashion; to rise and fall or toss about in or with waves; surge, heave, or toss; to lie drenched in a liquid, especially blood; to become deeply sunk, soaked, or involved; to be in a turmoil; a rolling motion, as of the sea; a large number of items in no order; a confused mass.

Weltschmerz –  a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness; world pain;  sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism; the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind.

Whatabouts – matters with which one is occupied.

Whaikōrero – the art and practice of speech making.

Whakaute – to respect, show respect; tend, care for.

Whiffle –  (of the wind) blow lightly in a specified direction; to blow fitfully in shifting gusts or puffs; veer or toss about irregularly; vacillate;  to make a light whistling noise; to flourish a sword in sword dancing so as to produce a whistling sound; a slight movement of air or the sound of such a movement; a very short haircut worn by US soldiers in World War II.

Whiffler – a person who frequently changes opinions or course; someone who uses shifts and evasions or is vacillating in argument; an attendant who cleared the way for a procession waving a chain or an axe.

Whisternefet – A sharp slap.

Whit – a very small part; tiny or scarcely detectable amount; the smallest part or particle imaginable;  least bit; an iota; to make a shrill abrupt sound, as a bird’s chirp, the whistle of a flying bullet, etc.

Whizzer -extraordinary or  wonderful person or thing;  someone/something that whizzes; a centrifugal machine for drying grain, sugar, clothes etc; an arm lock trapping one’s arms against the opponent’s body from behind.

Wibble – the trembling of the lower lip just shy of crying.

Widdendream – a  state of mental disturbance or confusion; a mad fit.

Widdershins – anti-clockwise, backwards, in the reverse order or direction to normal, to take a course opposite the apparent motion of the sun.

Widdiful – one who deserves to be hanged.

Wight – a person of a specified kind; a living being; creature; a spirit, ghost, or other supernatural being.

Winx – to bray like a donkey; to speak utter foolishness.

Wirrwarr – clutter, huddle, tangle,  state of confusion or disorder; a confused mass, a jumble.

Witzelsucht –  excessive facetiousness; feeble or inappropriate humour especially in reference to an abnormal condition; a set of rare neurological symptoms characterised by the patient’s uncontrollable tendency to make puns, tell inappropriate jokes and pointless or irrelevant stories at inconvenient moments. The patient nevertheless finds these utterances intensely amusing.

Wlatsome – abominable; loathsome; disgusting; detestable; repulsive; hate-worthy.

WOMADs – weapons of mass adminsirative delay; regulation which blocks growth.

Wonted – habitual, usual.

Worsification – the composition of bad poetry.

Xenization – existing or travelling as a stranger.

Xenobombulate – to malinger; pretend illness, especially to shirk one’s duties.

Xeonophobia – an unreasonable fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign.

Xeriscape – a garden or landscape created in a style that requires little or no irrigation or other maintenance; environmental design of residential and park land using various methods for minimizing the need for water use; cultivate an area as a xeriscape.

Xerophagy –  the strictest Christian fast which is observed chiefly in the Eastern churches during Lent,  especially Holy Week, and in which only bread, salt, water, and vegetables may be eaten; a restrictive diet as a punishment or religious discipline.

Yahrzeit – Jewish commemoration or remembrance of the anniversary of someone’s death.

Yare – characterised by speed and agility, nimble, lively; handy, ready; brisk; maneuverable.

Yarl – deep, guttural vocal style with affected pronunciation, characteristic of male grunge and postgrunge singers of the 1990s and early 2000s; to sing this way.

Yarrish – having a rough, dry taste.

Yclept –  by the name of, called.

Yeld – not old enough to procreate; barren or too young to bear young.; (of a cow) yielding no milk. It

Yemeles – careless, negligent.

Yerk – strike sharply, especially with a stick or whip; thrash or flog; pull or push with a sudden movement; to rise, stir, strike, whip, pull, kick; a lashing out or sudden movement, sudden movement, kick, jerk, stab; throw, thrust, or pull sharply or suddenly; jerk; move with a jerk.

Yoke – the amount of land a pair of oxen could plough in a day;   a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals are joined at the heads or necks for working together;  an arched device formerly laid on the neck of a defeated person; a frame fitted to a person’s shoulders to carry a load in two equal portions; a pair of draft animals fastened together by a yoke; an agency of oppression, subjection or servitude; something that couples or binds together; a bond or tie; to put a yoke on; to join, couple, link, or unite; to bring into subjection or servitude.

Yokelnomics – policies which would take a country back to an 11th century peasant economy.

Yomp – a long distance march carrying full kit; to carry heavy equipment over difficult terrain.

Yonderly – something located in the distance; mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded; aloof; reserved; morose or gloomy.

Younker – a youngster; a young nobleman or gentleman.

Yuyin -the remnants of sound which remain in the ears of the hearer.

Zafty  – a person easily imposed upon.

Zalatwic (Polish) – the use of friends, bribes, personal charm or connections to get something done.

Zassledit‘  (Russian) –  to leave dirty footprints.

Zatetic – pondering, questioning.

Zaftig – alluringly plump; curvaceous; well proportioned; having a full, shapely figure; Rubenesque.

Zeigarnik – the psychological tendency to remember an uncompleted task rather than a completed one.

Zelotypia – morbid jealousy;  abnormal or excessive zeal.

Zenosyne – the sense that time is going faster.

Zenzizenzizenzic  – an obsolete form of mathematical notation representing the eighth power of a number; the square of squares squarely.

Zoilism – resemblance to Zoilus in style or manner; carping criticism; detraction.

Zugzwang – a position where one is forced to make an undesirable move; a situation in which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage.

Zwodder – a feeling of drowsiness;  a drowsy, foolish frame of mind.

悲しみ – sorrow.


Australian national Dictionary Centre



Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Dr Words

Grandiloquent Dictionary

Grandiloquent Word of the Day

I Never Knew There Was A Word For It – by Adam Jacot de Boinod

Luciferous Logolepsy

Phrontistery – free 0nline dictionary.



Unusual Words – seldom used words.




Wordsmith a word a day

World Wide Words

3 Responses to Word of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Hmmm Not a dictionary but a nice collection of odd bod words that have nothing in common other than they have tickled the fancy of a rural woman blogger at one time or another?


  2. meta says:

    Funny Andrei ^^^
    This is kind of a cool list. Some of these I actually know. 90% I don’t.
    I’m going to print this off, pick my favorites and build my own word of the day list. Thank for posting!


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