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Weird Words Starting With 'F'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'F'

Are you ready to discover some little lost locutions, (better known as weird words that have rarely seen the light of day)?

Given the fact that the English language now has more than a million words under its belt, it's not surprising that there are more than a few words that have gone missing due to lack of usage, or the fact that few folks even know they exist.

Today we are featuring a few harmless if not hilarious words that begin with the letter 'F'.

Perhaps the best way to honor these wonderful words is to drop them into casual conversation, to spice up a terse text message, or to slip them unobtrusively into a peripatetic piece of poetry.


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flag-fallen (n.) unemployed person

Suggested use in a sentence:

The feisty flag-fallen fellow, known by his mates as "Brigand of the Bathtub", took solace in the fact that being a Pirate of Penzance gave him an opportunity to listen to those loopy librettos all day long and sink the damn HMS Pinafore whenever he wanted.


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fainéant n. puppet ruler; do-nothing; idle person

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As fainéants go, Crown Prince Fred Forget-Me-Not did nothing to earn his royal keep except watch grass grow, hum to himself, and admire his lovehandles in the mirror.


flapdoodle (n.) nonsense

Suggested use in a sentence:

As fire-breathing, flamboyant, flame-throwing fiends go, Fred Fossilblast was frankly a fizzle; however, in a world full of fiddle-faddle, flim-flam, and flapdoodle, -- he cut a pretty mean "f"!


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flaneur (n.) loafer, lollygagger

Suggested use in a sentence:

Johannes Balthazar von Putzer, a Prussian prince of peccadilloes and piffling palaver rather looked forward to spending his golden years in the company of four festive-minded flaneurs, fifteen floozies with feathered boas, and forty plastic pink flamingos on the front lawn.


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flap-dragon (n.) a common amusement or pastime in which a small substance, such as a plum or raisins are set afloat in a cup of spirits, which is then is set on fire, and snatched by the mouth and swallowed.

Suggested use in a sentence:

In the Queendom of Quirky, flap-dragon is the only pastime played by preachers and politicians - neither of whom have ever learned when to keep their mouths shut long enough to catch a fly let alone a raisin or a plum.


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foinery n. fencing, swordplay

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

This Knight of Nincompoops prided himself on his ability to deal with chaos, calamity, and crisis; only a fool engaged in foinery would rely on a rubber sword and a lot of sweet talk to tickle an orange-bellied dragon pink.


fritiniency n. the noise of insects

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Gertrude Glossop, (a get-up-and-go-gal from Bugtussle, Kentucky), was a tad frazzled by the frightening fritiniency that accompanied her as she tried to exit her backyard biffy one day.


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fuggy (adj.) descriptive of a stuffy, odorous, poorly ventilated place

Suggested use in a sentence:

As the fibre-friendly freeping fellow, and marvellous methane miscreant moved about the room, the fuggy flutterblasting fragrance of a gastro ghost followed him wherever he went.


funk hole (n.) a dugout, a place of safe retreat

Suggested use in a sentence:

The gregarious garden gnome welcomed us us into his favorite funk hole, which consisted of a Trogloydte tea service, a Great Horn Spoon to consume a bowl full of freshly made tartan soup, and a plate full of rubbery crumpets.

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What do you mean you haven't always wanted to know what the word "mamihlapinatapei" means, but never dared to ask?


Now's your chance to tell us your favorite odd, obscure or outdated word in the English language.

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      6 years ago

      Funny pictures, yes fun.


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