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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. amok
  12. ampersand
  13. anemone
  14. antimacassar
  15. aplomb
  16. apoplectic
  17. appaloosa
  18. archipelago
  19. atingle
  20. avuncular
  21. azure
  22. babushka
  23. balderdash
  24. bafflegab
  25. bamboozle
  26. bandwagon
  27. barnstorming
  28. beanpole
  29. bedlam
  30. befuddled
  31. berserk
  32. bibliopole
  33. bigmouth
  34. bippy
  35. blabbermouth
  36. blatherskite
  37. blindside
  38. blob
  39. blockhead
  40. blowhard
  41. blubbering
  42. bluestockings
  43. blowback
  44. boing
  45. boffo (boffola)
  46. bombastic
  47. bonanza
  48. bonkers
  49. boondocks
  50. boondoggle
  51. bozo
  52. braggadocio
  53. brainstorm
  54. brannigan
  55. breakneck
  56. brouhaha
  57. buckaroo
  58. bucolic
  59. buffoon
  60. bulbous
  61. bumbledom
  62. bumfuzzle
  63. bumpkin
  64. bungalow
  65. bunkum
  66. bupkis
  67. burnsides
  68. busybody
  69. cacophony
  70. cahoots
  71. calliope
  72. candelabra
  73. canoodle
  74. cantankerous
  75. catamaran
  76. catastrophe
  77. catawampus
  78. caterwaul
  79. chatterbox
  80. chichi
  81. chimerical
  82. chimichanga
  83. chitchat
  84. claptrap
  85. clishmaclaver
  86. clodhopper
  87. cockamamie
  88. cockatoo
  89. codswallop
  90. collywobbles
  91. colossus
  92. comeuppance
  93. concoction
  94. conniption
  95. conundrum
  96. convivial
  97. copacetic
  98. cornucopia
  99. cowabunga
  100. coxcomb
  101. crackerjack
  102. crescendo
  103. crestfallen
  104. cryptozoology
  105. cuckoo
  106. curlicue
  107. curmudgeon
  108. demitasse
  109. denouement
  110. desperado
  111. diaphanous
  112. diddly-squat
  113. digeridoo
  114. dilemma
  115. dillydally
  116. dimwit
  117. diphthong
  118. dirigible
  119. discombobulated
  120. dodecahedron
  121. donkeyman
  122. donnybrook
  123. doodad
  124. doohickey (this is what I call a library due date card)
  125. doppelganger
  126. dumbfounded
  127. dumbwaiter
  128. earwig
  129. eavesdrop
  130. ebullient
  131. effervescence
  132. egads
  133. eggcorn
  134. egghead
  135. ephemeral
  136. eucatastrophe
  137. extraterrestrial
  138. finagle
  139. fandango
  140. festooned
  141. fez
  142. fiasco
  143. fiddle-footed
  144. fiddlesticks
  145. finicky
  146. firebrand
  147. fishwife
  148. fisticuffs
  149. flabbergasted
  150. flapdoodle
  151. flibbertigibbet
  152. flimflam
  153. floccinaucinihilipilification
  154. flophouse
  155. flotsam
  156. flummery
  157. flummoxed
  158. flyaway
  159. flyspeck
  160. foofaraw
  161. foolhardy
  162. foolscap
  163. footloose
  164. fopdoodle
  165. fortuitous
  166. fracas
  167. frangipani
  168. freewheeling
  169. fricassee
  170. frippery
  171. frogman
  172. froufrou
  173. fuddy-duddy
  174. fussbudget
  175. futz
  176. gadfly
  177. gadzooks
  178. gallimaufry
  179. gangplank
  180. gangway
  181. gargoyle
  182. gasbag
  183. gazebo
  184. gazpacho
  185. gewgaw
  186. genteel
  187. ghostwriter
  188. gibberish
  189. gimcrack
  190. gizmo
  191. glabella
  192. glitch
  193. globetrotter
  194. gobbledygook
  195. gobsmacked
  196. goosebump
  197. gooseflesh
  198. gorgonzola
  199. gossamer
  200. grandiloquent
  201. greenhorn
  202. guffaw
  203. gumshoe
  204. guru
  205. gussied
  206. guttersnipe
  207. haberdashery
  208. haboob
  209. hairpin
  210. halcyon
  211. halfwit
  212. hambone
  213. hangdog
  214. haphazard
  215. harebrained
  216. harumph
  217. harum-scarum
  218. headlong
  219. heartstrings
  220. heebie-jeebie
  221. heirloom
  222. helter-skelter
  223. hemidemisemiquaver
  224. heyday
  225. higgledy-piggledy
  226. highfalutin
  227. hijinks
  228. hillbilly
  229. hippocampus
  230. hobbledehoy
  231. hobnobbed
  232. hocus-pocus
  233. hodgepodge
  234. hogwash
  235. hokum
  236. hoodwink
  237. hooey
  238. hooligan
  239. hoopla
  240. hootenanny
  241. hornswoggle
  242. horsefeathers
  243. hotbed
  244. hotfoot
  245. hothead
  246. hubbub
  247. hullabaloo
  248. humbug
  249. humdinger
  250. humdrum
  251. hunky-dory
  252. hushpuppy
  253. huzzah
  254. hyperbole
  255. idiosyncrasies
  256. igloo
  257. indubitably
  258. interrobang
  259. ironclad
  260. jabberwocky
  261. jacuzzi
  262. jalopy
  263. jamboree
  264. jargogle
  265. jawbreaker
  266. jetsam
  267. jibber-jabber
  268. jitney
  269. jubilee
  270. juggernaut
  271. jujubes
  272. jumbo
  273. juxtaposition
  274. kaleidoscope
  275. kaput
  276. kerfuffle
  277. kerplunk
  278. kibosh
  279. killjoy
  280. kismet
  281. knickerbocker
  282. knickknack
  283. kowtow
  284. kumquat
  285. kvetch
  286. lackadaisical
  287. lagoon
  288. lambasted
  289. lampoon
  290. landlubber
  291. laughingstock
  292. lexicographer
  293. limburger
  294. lingo
  295. loco
  296. loggerhead
  297. logjam
  298. logophile
  299. logorrhea
  300. lollapalooza
  301. lollygag
  302. loofah
  303. loony
  304. loophole
  305. lugubrious
  306. lummox
  307. machinations
  308. madcap
  309. maelstrom
  310. magnificent
  311. majordomo
  312. malapropism
  313. malarkey
  314. manifesto
  315. mastermind
  316. mayhem
  317. mealymouthed
  318. mellifluous
  319. menagerie
  320. miasma
  321. milquetoast
  322. misanthrope
  323. mishmash
  324. moocher
  325. mojo (also a character in THE MONSTORE)
  326. mollycoddle
  327. mondegreen
  328. moniker
  329. monkeyshines
  330. monsoon
  331. mnemonic
  332. moonstruck
  333. muckety-muck
  334. mudpuppy
  335. mudslinger
  336. muffuletta
  337. mufti
  338. mulligatawny
  339. mumbo-jumbo
  340. murmuration
  341. muumuu
  342. namby-pamby
  343. nimrod
  344. nincompoop
  345. nitwit
  346. nomenclature
  347. noodge
  348. nudnik
  349. numbskull
  350. onomatopoeia
  351. oomph
  352. orotund
  353. outfox
  354. outlandish
  355. oxymoron
  356. pachyderm
  357. pagoda
  358. palindrome
  359. palomino
  360. panache
  361. pandemonium
  362. pantaloons
  363. papyrus
  364. parabola
  365. parallelogram
  366. parapet
  367. pedagogue
  368. peewee
  369. pell-mell
  370. persimmon
  371. persnickety
  372. pettifogger
  373. phalanx
  374. phantasmagorical
  375. phylactery
  376. piffle
  377. pizzazz
  378. plethora
  379. pogo
  380. pogonip
  381. pollex
  382. pollywog
  383. poltroon
  384. pomposity
  385. poppycock
  386. portmanteau
  387. potpourri
  388. pseudonym
  389. pugnacious
  390. pulchritudinous
  391. pusillanimous
  392. pussyfoot
  393. quibble
  394. quicksilver
  395. quicksticks
  396. quiddle
  397. quinzee
  398. quirky
  399. quixotic
  400. quizzity
  401. rabble-rouser
  402. raconteur
  403. rainmaker
  404. ragamuffin
  405. ragtag
  406. ransack
  407. rapscallion
  408. razzle-dazzle
  409. razzmatazz
  410. rejigger
  411. rendezvous
  412. resplendent
  413. rickrack
  414. ricochet
  415. rigmarole
  416. riposte
  417. roundabout
  418. roustabout
  419. rubberneck
  420. ruckus
  421. ruffian
  422. rugrat
  423. rumpus
  424. sabayon
  425. sashay
  426. sassafras
  427. scalawag (also scallywag)
  428. scatterbrain
  429. schadenfreude
  430. schlep
  431. schluffy
  432. schmooze
  433. schmutz
  434. scintillating
  435. scrofulous
  436. scrumdiddlyumptious (Dahlism)
  437. scuttlebutt
  438. serendipity
  439. sesquipedalian
  440. shabang
  441. shenanigans
  442. skedaddle
  443. skullduggery
  444. slapdash
  445. slapstick
  446. slipshod
  447. smithereens
  448. smorgasbord
  449. snollygoster
  450. sobriquet
  451. sojourn
  452. spellbind
  453. splendiferous
  454. squeegee
  455. squooshy
  456. staccato
  457. stupefaction
  458. succotash
  459. supercilious
  460. superfluous
  461. Svengali
  462. swashbuckler
  463. switcheroo
  464. swizzlestick
  465. synchronicity
  466. syzygy
  467. talisman
  468. taradiddle
  469. tchotchke
  470. teepee
  471. telekinesis
  472. thingamabob
  473. thingamajig
  474. thunderstruck
  475. tidbit
  476. tintinnabulation
  477. toadstool
  478. toady
  479. tomfoolery
  480. tommyrot
  481. topsy-turvy
  482. trapezoid
  483. tub-thumper
  484. tumultuous
  485. typhoon
  486. ululation
  487. umlaut
  488. umpteen
  489. usurp
  490. uvula
  491. vamoose
  492. verisimilitude
  493. vermicious (well, if I included one Dahlism, why not another?)
  494. vertigo
  495. verve
  496. virtuoso
  497. vivacious
  498. vuvuzela
  499. wallflower
  500. wanderlust
  501. whatchamacallit
  502. whatsis
  503. whippersnapper
  504. whirligig
  505. whirlybird
  506. whodunit
  507. whoop
  508. widget
  509. wigout
  510. wigwam
  511. willy-nilly
  512. windbag
  513. wiseacre
  514. wisecrack
  515. wisenheimer
  516. wishy-washy
  517. woebegone
  518. wonky
  519. woozy
  520. wordplay
  521. wordsmith
  522. wuthering
  523. xylophone
  524. yahoo
  525. yellow-belly
  526. yokel
  527. yo-yo
  528. zaftig
  529. zeitgeist
  530. zenzizenzizenzic (yes, this is a word! look it up!)
  531. zephyr
  532. zeppelin
  533. ziggurat
  534. zigzag
  535. zonked
  536. zoom
  537. zydeco