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. abracadabra
  3. adagio
  4. aficionado
  5. agita
  6. agog
  7. akimbo
  8. alfresco
  9. aloof
  10. ambrosial
  11. anemone
  12. antimacassar
  13. aplomb
  14. apoplectic
  15. appaloosa
  16. archipelago
  17. atingle
  18. avuncular
  19. azure
  20. balderdash
  21. bafflegab
  22. bamboozle
  23. barnstorming
  24. beanpole
  25. befuddled
  26. berserk
  27. blob
  28. blockhead
  29. blowhard
  30. blubbering
  31. bluestockings
  32. boing
  33. boffo
  34. bombastic
  35. bonkers
  36. boondoggle
  37. bozo
  38. braggadocio
  39. breakneck
  40. brouhaha
  41. bucolic
  42. buffoon
  43. bulbous
  44. bumbledom
  45. bumfuzzle
  46. bumpkin
  47. bungalow
  48. bunkum
  49. cacophony
  50. cahoots
  51. calliope
  52. candelabra
  53. canoodle
  54. cantankerous
  55. caterwaul
  56. catawampus
  57. chichi
  58. chimerical
  59. chimichanga
  60. chitchat
  61. claptrap
  62. clishmaclaver
  63. clodhopper
  64. cockamamie
  65. cockatoo
  66. codswallop
  67. collywobbles
  68. comeuppance
  69. conundrum
  70. convivial
  71. copacetic
  72. cornucopia
  73. cowabunga
  74. coxcomb
  75. crescendo
  76. crestfallen
  77. cuckolded
  78. cuckoo
  79. curlicue
  80. curmudgeon
  81. demitasse
  82. denouement
  83. desperado
  84. diaphanous
  85. digeridoo
  86. dilemma
  87. dillydally
  88. dimwit
  89. diphthong
  90. dirigible
  91. discombobulated
  92. dodecahedron
  93. doodad
  94. doohickey (this is what I call a library due date card)
  95. doppelganger
  96. dumbfounded
  97. ebullient
  98. effervescence
  99. egads
  100. eggcorn
  101. ephemeral
  102. extraterrestrial
  103. finagle
  104. fandango
  105. festooned
  106. fez
  107. filigree
  108. firebrand
  109. fisticuffs
  110. flabbergasted
  111. flapdoodle
  112. flibbertigibbet
  113. flimflam
  114. flotsam
  115. flummoxed
  116. flyaway
  117. flyspeck
  118. foofaraw
  119. foolhardy
  120. foolscap
  121. fopdoodle
  122. fortuitous
  123. fracas
  124. frangipani
  125. freewheeling
  126. fricassee
  127. frippery
  128. froufrou
  129. fussbudget
  130. futz
  131. gadfly
  132. gadzooks
  133. gallimaufry
  134. gazebo
  135. gazpacho
  136. gewgaw
  137. genteel
  138. gibberish
  139. gobbledygook
  140. gobsmacked
  141. goosebump
  142. gorgonzola
  143. gossamer
  144. grandiloquent
  145. greenhorn
  146. guffaw
  147. guru
  148. haberdashery
  149. haboob
  150. halfwit
  151. hambone
  152. haphazard
  153. harebrained
  154. harumph
  155. harum-scarum
  156. headlong
  157. heebie-jeebie
  158. helter-skelter
  159. hemidemisemiquaver
  160. higgledy-piggledy
  161. highfalutin
  162. hijinks
  163. hillbilly
  164. hippocampus
  165. hobbledehoy
  166. hocus-pocus
  167. hodgepodge
  168. hogwash
  169. hokum
  170. hooligan
  171. hoopla
  172. hootenanny
  173. hornswoggle
  174. hotfoot
  175. hothead
  176. hubbub
  177. hullabaloo
  178. humbug
  179. humdinger
  180. huzzah
  181. hyperbole
  182. idiosyncrasies
  183. igloo
  184. indubitably
  185. interrobang
  186. jabberwocky
  187. jacuzzi
  188. jargogle
  189. jetsam
  190. jitney
  191. jubilee
  192. juggernaut
  193. jujubes
  194. juxtaposition
  195. kaleidoscope
  196. kaput
  197. kerfuffle
  198. kerplunk
  199. kismet
  200. knickerbocker
  201. knickknack
  202. kowtow
  203. kumquat
  204. kvetch
  205. lackadaisical
  206. lagoon
  207. lambasted
  208. lampoon
  209. landlubber
  210. limburger
  211. loco
  212. logjam
  213. logorrhea
  214. lollapalooza
  215. lollygag
  216. loony
  217. lugubrious
  218. lummox
  219. machinations
  220. madcap
  221. maelstrom
  222. magnificent
  223. malapropism
  224. malarkey
  225. manifesto
  226. mayhem
  227. mealymouthed
  228. mellifluous
  229. menagerie
  230. miasma
  231. milquetoast
  232. misanthrope
  233. mishmash
  234. moocher
  235. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  236. mollycoddle
  237. monsoon
  238. muckety-muck
  239. mulligatawny
  240. murmuration
  241. nincompoop
  242. nitwit
  243. nomenclature
  244. noodge
  245. nudnik
  246. numbskull
  247. onomatopoeia
  248. orotund
  249. oxymoron
  250. pachyderm
  251. pagoda
  252. palindrome
  253. palomino
  254. panache
  255. pandemonium
  256. pantaloons
  257. parabola
  258. parallelogram
  259. pedagogue
  260. pell-mell
  261. persimmon
  262. persnickety
  263. pettifogger
  264. phalanx
  265. phantasmagorical
  266. phylactery
  267. piffle
  268. pizzazz
  269. plethora
  270. pogo
  271. pollywog
  272. pomposity
  273. poppycock
  274. portmanteau
  275. potpourri
  276. pusillanimous
  277. quinzee
  278. quixotic
  279. rabble-rouser
  280. raconteur
  281. ragamuffin
  282. ransack
  283. rapscallion
  284. razzmatazz
  285. rejigger
  286. rendezvous
  287. resplendent
  288. ricochet
  289. rigmarole
  290. riposte
  291. ruckus
  292. ruffian
  293. rumpus
  294. sabayon
  295. sashay
  296. sassafras
  297. scalawag
  298. schadenfreude
  299. schlep
  300. schluffy
  301. schmooze
  302. schmutz
  303. scintillating
  304. scrofulous
  305. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  306. scuttlebutt
  307. serendipity
  308. sesquipedalian
  309. shenanigans
  310. skedaddle
  311. skullduggery
  312. slapdash
  313. slipshod
  314. smithereens
  315. smorgasbord
  316. sojourn
  317. splendiferous
  318. squeegee
  319. squooshy
  320. staccato
  321. succotash
  322. supercilious
  323. superfluous
  324. Svengali
  325. swashbuckler
  326. swizzlestick
  327. synchronicity
  328. syzygy
  329. talisman
  330. taradiddle
  331. tchotchke
  332. teepee
  333. telekinesis
  334. thingamabob
  335. thingamajig
  336. thunderstruck
  337. tidbit
  338. tintinnabulation
  339. toady
  340. tomfoolery
  341. tommyrot
  342. topsy-turvy
  343. trapezoid
  344. tub-thumper
  345. tumultuous
  346. typhoon
  347. ululation
  348. umlaut
  349. usurp
  350. uvula
  351. verisimilitude
  352. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  353. vertigo
  354. verve
  355. vivacious
  356. vuvuzela
  357. wanderlust
  358. whippersnapper
  359. wigwam
  360. wisenheimer
  361. woebegone
  362. wonky
  363. woozy
  364. xylophone
  365. yokel
  366. yo-yo
  367. zaftig
  368. zeitgeist
  369. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  370. zephyr
  371. zeppelin
  372. ziggurat
  373. zigzag
  374. zoom