250+ Funn, Cool and Interesting Words

All writers love language. And we especially love fun words, don’t we? Some have funky spellings, tongue-twisting turns, a satisfying “ooh”…and some sound too hilarious to be true! So I’ve put together a list of favorite fun words that I’ll add to periodically. Have fun, lexicon lovers!

  1. abecedarian
  2. adagio
  3. aficionado
  4. akimbo
  5. alfresco
  6. aloof
  7. ambrosial
  8. anemone
  9. aplomb
  10. apoplectic
  11. appaloosa
  12. archipelago
  13. atingle
  14. avuncular
  15. azure
  16. balderdash
  17. bafflegab
  18. bamboozle
  19. barnstorming
  20. befuddled
  21. berserk
  22. boffo
  23. bombastic
  24. boondoggle
  25. bozo
  26. braggadocio
  27. brouhaha
  28. bucolic
  29. buffoon
  30. bulbous
  31. bumbledom
  32. bungalow
  33. cacophony
  34. cahoots
  35. candelabra
  36. canoodle
  37. cantankerous
  38. caterwaul
  39. catawampus
  40. chichi
  41. chimerical
  42. chimichanga
  43. claptrap
  44. clishmaclaver
  45. clodhopper
  46. cockatoo
  47. codswallop
  48. comeuppance
  49. conundrum
  50. convivial
  51. copacetic
  52. cornucopia
  53. cowabunga
  54. coxcomb
  55. crestfallen
  56. cuckolded
  57. curlicue
  58. demitasse
  59. denouement
  60. diaphanous
  61. digeridoo
  62. dilemma
  63. diphthong
  64. dirigible
  65. discombobulated
  66. dodecahedron
  67. doodad
  68. doohickey (this is what I call a library due date card)
  69. doppelganger
  70. ebullient
  71. effervescence
  72. egads
  73. eggcorn
  74. ephemeral
  75. extraterrestrial
  76. finagle
  77. fandango
  78. festooned
  79. fisticuffs
  80. flabbergasted
  81. flapdoodle
  82. flibbertigibbet
  83. flummoxed
  84. foofaraw
  85. fopdoodle
  86. fortuitous
  87. fracas
  88. frangipani
  89. frippery
  90. froufrou
  91. fussbudget
  92. futz
  93. gadzooks
  94. gallimaufry
  95. gewgaw
  96. gibberish
  97. gobbledygook
  98. gobsmacked
  99. gorgonzola
  100. gossamer
  101. grandiloquent
  102. guffaw
  103. haberdashery
  104. haboob
  105. harumph
  106. hemidemisemiquaver
  107. highfalutin
  108. hijinks
  109. hippocampus
  110. hobbledehoy
  111. hodgepodge
  112. hogwash
  113. hooligan
  114. hootenanny
  115. hornswoggle
  116. hubbub
  117. hullabaloo
  118. humbug
  119. humdinger
  120. huzzah
  121. hyperbole
  122. idiosyncrasies
  123. igloo
  124. indubitably
  125. interrobang
  126. jabberwocky
  127. jargogle
  128. jitney
  129. juggernaut
  130. juxtaposition
  131. kaleidoscope
  132. kerfuffle
  133. kerplunk
  134. kismet
  135. knickerbocker
  136. knickknack
  137. kumquat
  138. lackadaisical
  139. lagoon
  140. lambasted
  141. lampoon
  142. limburger
  143. logjam
  144. logorrhea
  145. lollapalooza
  146. lollygag
  147. lugubrious
  148. machinations
  149. magnificent
  150. malapropism
  151. malarkey
  152. mayhem
  153. mellifluous
  154. menagerie
  155. miasma
  156. milquetoast
  157. misanthrope
  158. mishmash
  159. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  160. mollycoddle
  161. monsoon
  162. mulligatawny
  163. murmuration
  164. nincompoop
  165. nomenclature
  166. onomatopoeia
  167. orotund
  168. oxymoron
  169. pachyderm
  170. palindrome
  171. panache
  172. pandemonium
  173. pantaloons
  174. parallelogram
  175. persimmon
  176. persnickety
  177. pettifogger
  178. phalanx
  179. phantasmagorical
  180. phylactery
  181. plethora
  182. pollywog
  183. pomposity
  184. poppycock
  185. portmanteau
  186. potpourri
  187. pusillanimous
  188. quinzee
  189. quixotic
  190. raconteur
  191. ragamuffin
  192. rapscallion
  193. razzmatazz
  194. rejigger
  195. rendezvous
  196. resplendent
  197. ricochet
  198. rigmarole
  199. riposte
  200. ruffian
  201. sabayon
  202. sassafras
  203. scalawag
  204. schadenfreude
  205. schlep
  206. scintillating
  207. scrofulous
  208. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  209. scuttlebutt
  210. serendipity
  211. shenanigans
  212. skedaddle
  213. skullduggery
  214. slapdash
  215. smorgasbord
  216. sojourn
  217. splendiferous
  218. squeegee
  219. squooshy
  220. staccato
  221. succotash
  222. supercilious
  223. superfluous
  224. Svengali
  225. swashbuckler
  226. swizzlestick
  227. synchronicity
  228. syzygy
  229. talisman
  230. taradiddle
  231. tchotchke
  232. telekinesis
  233. thingamabob
  234. thingamajig
  235. tintinnabulation
  236. tomfoolery
  237. trapezoid
  238. ululation
  239. usurp
  240. uvula
  241. verisimilitude
  242. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  243. vertigo
  244. verve
  245. vivacious
  246. vuvuzela
  247. wanderlust
  248. whippersnapper
  249. wigwam
  250. woebegone
  251. zaftig
  252. zeitgeist
  253. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  254. zephyr
  255. zeppelin
  256. ziggurat
  257. zigzag