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. highfalutin
  107. hijinks
  108. hippocampus
  109. hobbledehoy
  110. hodgepodge
  111. hogwash
  112. hooligan
  113. hootenanny
  114. hornswoggle
  115. hubbub
  116. hullabaloo
  117. humbug
  118. humdinger
  119. huzzah
  120. hyperbole
  121. idiosyncrasies
  122. igloo
  123. indubitably
  124. interrobang
  125. jabberwocky
  126. jargogle
  127. jitney
  128. juggernaut
  129. juxtaposition
  130. kaleidoscope
  131. kerfuffle
  132. kerplunk
  133. kismet
  134. knickerbocker
  135. knickknack
  136. kumquat
  137. lackadaisical
  138. lagoon
  139. lambasted
  140. lampoon
  141. limburger
  142. logjam
  143. logorrhea
  144. lollapalooza
  145. lollygag
  146. lugubrious
  147. machinations
  148. magnificent
  149. malapropism
  150. malarkey
  151. mayhem
  152. mellifluous
  153. menagerie
  154. miasma
  155. milquetoast
  156. misanthrope
  157. mishmash
  158. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  159. mollycoddle
  160. monsoon
  161. mulligatawny
  162. murmuration
  163. nincompoop
  164. nomenclature
  165. onomatopoeia
  166. orotund
  167. oxymoron
  168. pachyderm
  169. palindrome
  170. panache
  171. pandemonium
  172. pantaloons
  173. parallelogram
  174. persimmon
  175. persnickety
  176. pettifogger
  177. phalanx
  178. phantasmagorical
  179. phylactery
  180. plethora
  181. pollywog
  182. pomposity
  183. poppycock
  184. portmanteau
  185. potpourri
  186. pusillanimous
  187. quinzee
  188. quixotic
  189. raconteur
  190. ragamuffin
  191. rapscallion
  192. razzmatazz
  193. rejigger
  194. rendezvous
  195. resplendent
  196. ricochet
  197. rigmarole
  198. riposte
  199. ruffian
  200. sabayon
  201. sassafras
  202. scalawag
  203. schadenfreude
  204. schlep
  205. scintillating
  206. scrofulous
  207. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  208. scuttlebutt
  209. serendipity
  210. shenanigans
  211. skedaddle
  212. skullduggery
  213. smorgasbord
  214. sojourn
  215. splendiferous
  216. squeegee
  217. squooshy
  218. staccato
  219. succotash
  220. supercilious
  221. superfluous
  222. Svengali
  223. swashbuckler
  224. swizzlestick
  225. synchronicity
  226. syzygy
  227. talisman
  228. taradiddle
  229. tchotchke
  230. telekinesis
  231. thingamabob
  232. thingamajig
  233. tintinnabulation
  234. tomfoolery
  235. trapezoid
  236. usurp
  237. uvula
  238. verisimilitude
  239. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  240. vertigo
  241. verve
  242. vivacious
  243. vuvuzela
  244. wanderlust
  245. whippersnapper
  246. wigwam
  247. woebegone
  248. zaftig
  249. zeitgeist
  250. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  251. zephyr
  252. zeppelin
  253. zigzag