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. smorgasbord
  215. sojourn
  216. splendiferous
  217. squeegee
  218. squooshy
  219. staccato
  220. succotash
  221. supercilious
  222. superfluous
  223. Svengali
  224. swashbuckler
  225. swizzlestick
  226. synchronicity
  227. syzygy
  228. talisman
  229. taradiddle
  230. tchotchke
  231. telekinesis
  232. thingamabob
  233. thingamajig
  234. tintinnabulation
  235. tomfoolery
  236. trapezoid
  237. usurp
  238. uvula
  239. verisimilitude
  240. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  241. vertigo
  242. verve
  243. vivacious
  244. vuvuzela
  245. wanderlust
  246. whippersnapper
  247. wigwam
  248. woebegone
  249. zaftig
  250. zeitgeist
  251. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  252. zephyr
  253. zeppelin
  254. zigzag