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