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15 *Weird* Sounding English Words And What They Mean!

Phalasha Nagpal

Guest Contributor

Every now and then, we all come across some unusually strange sounding words. Reading them makes your brain fuzzy and pronouncing them is nothing short of a tongue twister. Here is a list of some super funny and weird English words that’ll make you giggle!

1. Nincompoop (noun) - a foolish person


You now have a new word for ‘idiot’!

‘He must be a nincompoop for having invested all his money in one company’s stocks.’



2. Debauchery (noun) - an extreme sense of pleasure


Yes, and it’s usually used in reference to indulgence in sex, alcohol and drugs.

‘The film is full of debauchery, I wouldn’t recommend watching it with your little sister.’

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3. Fuddy-duddy (noun) - an old fashioned person who doesn't accept modern trends


Believe it or not, that’s a real word!

‘Stop being a fuddy-duddy and create a Facebook account for yourself!’

4. Bumfuzzled (verb) - to get confused or flustered


Don’t get the wrong idea! It has nothing to do with bums. *LOL*

‘Trump’s triumph in the U.S. elections left several Americans bumfuzzled.’

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5. Dollop (noun) - a quantity of liquid or substance


Unlike the others, this word means exactly what it sounds like!

‘That cute little bakery sells scrumptious chocolate brownies with dollops of whipped cream on them!’



6. Gibberish (noun) - words that make no sense


It comes from the root word ‘gibber’, which means to talk inarticulately.

‘You were talking gibberish in your sleep last night, I tried hard to decipher it but just couldn’t!’

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7. Squabble (noun and verb) - a trivial but noisy quarrel


What a jelly wiggle waggle sounding word! Don’t you agree?

‘Even the happiest couples squabble every now and then.’

8. Cacophony (noun) - a mixture of horrible sounds


An odd sounding word with an odd meaning.

‘I was woken up at dawn by the cacophony outside my house.’

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9. Gobbledygook (noun) - making the language meaningless by using complicated words


This word originates from the ‘gobble, gobble’ sound that a turkey makes.

‘Politicians are known to use gobbledygook to conceal controversies.’



10. Flummox (verb) - to confuse


Who would've thought that that’s what it means!

‘My Irish friend was flummoxed by the Indian rituals at my sister’s wedding.’

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11. Lackadaisical (adjective) - someone who is super lazy with no enthusiasm or determination to do anything


This one was kinda easy to guess!

‘I take two shots of coffee to make sure that I’m not lackadaisical’

12. Woebegone (adjective) - to be surrounded by sadness


Woe = sad and begone = surrounded. Hence - woebegone.

‘The mother could tell that her son was woebegone when their pet died.’

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13. Lollygag (adjective) - to idle or waste time


No, it has nothing to do with lollies or gags!

‘While his best friend was lollygagging around the campus, he spent his time studying for the upcoming exams.’



14. Kerfuffle (noun) - a commotion or fuss


This funny word belongs to the 1800s!

‘If my boyfriend forgets my birthday this year, there will be quite a kerfuffle at our place.’

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15. Hoodwink (verb) - to deceive or trick


Its literal meaning is ‘close the eyes’ or ‘to blindfold’.

‘The bartender tried to hoodwink us by using cheap alcohol to prepare our cocktails.’

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Published on Feb 07, 2017
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