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. doohickey (this is what I call a library due date card)
  68. doppelganger
  69. ebullient
  70. effervescence
  71. egads
  72. eggcorn
  73. ephemeral
  74. extraterrestrial
  75. finagle
  76. fandango
  77. festooned
  78. fisticuffs
  79. flabbergasted
  80. flapdoodle
  81. flibbertigibbet
  82. flummoxed
  83. foofaraw
  84. fopdoodle
  85. fortuitous
  86. fracas
  87. frangipani
  88. frippery
  89. froufrou
  90. fussbudget
  91. gadzooks
  92. gallimaufry
  93. gewgaw
  94. gibberish
  95. gobbledygook
  96. gobsmacked
  97. gorgonzola
  98. gossamer
  99. grandiloquent
  100. guffaw
  101. haberdashery
  102. haboob
  103. harumph
  104. highfalutin
  105. hijinks
  106. hippocampus
  107. hobbledehoy
  108. hodgepodge
  109. hogwash
  110. hooligan
  111. hootenanny
  112. hornswoggle
  113. hubbub
  114. hullabaloo
  115. humbug
  116. humdinger
  117. huzzah
  118. hyperbole
  119. idiosyncrasies
  120. igloo
  121. indubitably
  122. interrobang
  123. jabberwocky
  124. jargogle
  125. jitney
  126. juggernaut
  127. juxtaposition
  128. kaleidoscope
  129. kerfuffle
  130. kerplunk
  131. kismet
  132. knickerbocker
  133. knickknack
  134. kumquat
  135. lackadaisical
  136. lagoon
  137. lambasted
  138. lampoon
  139. limburger
  140. logjam
  141. logorrhea
  142. lollapalooza
  143. lollygag
  144. lugubrious
  145. machinations
  146. magnificent
  147. malapropism
  148. malarkey
  149. mayhem
  150. mellifluous
  151. menagerie
  152. miasma
  153. milquetoast
  154. misanthrope
  155. mishmash
  156. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  157. mollycoddle
  158. monsoon
  159. mulligatawny
  160. murmuration
  161. nincompoop
  162. nomenclature
  163. onomatopoeia
  164. orotund
  165. oxymoron
  166. pachyderm
  167. palindrome
  168. panache
  169. pandemonium
  170. pantaloons
  171. parallelogram
  172. persimmon
  173. persnickety
  174. pettifogger
  175. phalanx
  176. phantasmagorical
  177. phylactery
  178. plethora
  179. pollywog
  180. pomposity
  181. poppycock
  182. portmanteau
  183. potpourri
  184. pusillanimous
  185. quinzee
  186. quixotic
  187. raconteur
  188. ragamuffin
  189. rapscallion
  190. razzmatazz
  191. rejigger
  192. rendezvous
  193. resplendent
  194. ricochet
  195. rigmarole
  196. riposte
  197. ruffian
  198. sabayon
  199. sassafras
  200. scalawag
  201. schadenfreude
  202. schlep
  203. scintillating
  204. scrofulous
  205. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  206. scuttlebutt
  207. serendipity
  208. shenanigans
  209. skedaddle
  210. skullduggery
  211. smorgasbord
  212. sojourn
  213. splendiferous
  214. squeegee
  215. squooshy
  216. staccato
  217. succotash
  218. supercilious
  219. superfluous
  220. Svengali
  221. swashbuckler
  222. swizzlestick
  223. synchronicity
  224. syzygy
  225. talisman
  226. taradiddle
  227. tchotchke
  228. telekinesis
  229. thingamabob
  230. thingamajig
  231. tintinnabulation
  232. tomfoolery
  233. trapezoid
  234. usurp
  235. uvula
  236. verisimilitude
  237. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  238. vertigo
  239. verve
  240. vivacious
  241. vuvuzela
  242. wanderlust
  243. whippersnapper
  244. wigwam
  245. woebegone
  246. zaftig
  247. zeitgeist
  248. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  249. zephyr
  250. zeppelin
  251. zigzag