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Fun Cool Interesting Amazing Words

All writers love language. And we especially love fun, amazing 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!

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    abecedarian

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

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