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Weird Words Starting With 'H'

Updated on January 13, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'H'

Are you ready to discover some wonderful words in the dictionary 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 even more to the point, most folks don't even know they exist.

Today we are featuring a few wacky if not weird words that begin with the letter 'H'.

The best way to honor these words is to find a place to stick them into casual conversation, to spice up one's terse text messages, or to a amaze a family member, friend, or even a foe in a gritty game of Scrabble.


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hanky-panky (n.)

Suggested use in sentence:

Adam and Eve were partaking of a little hanky-panky in the hollyfuds when God thought it was high time to add a vexing viper just to titillate and torment these frolicking friends of the fig leaf.


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hasenpfeffer (n.) a mighly seasoned stew made of marinated rabbit meat

Suggested use in a sentence:

The white rabbit was clear that he was not about to keep company with a hungry horse who had a hankering for hasenpfeffer.


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heptarchy n. government by seven people

Suggested use in a sentence:

Keeping this heptarchy happy and on task was more than Snow White had bargained for.


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heel-taps (n.) liquor left on the bottom of glasses after drinking

Suggested use in a sentence:

Thankfully, Wild Bill Hiccup realized that drowning his sorrows in heel-taps made him belch and crying about a bad past was a waste of good tears.


Image Credit: Steve Gray


hippomania n. obsession with horses

Suggested use in a sentence:

Wild Bill Hiccup suffered from a chronic condition known as hippomania (which means he experienced extreme separation anxiety when deprived of his faithful companions -- clothes horses, hobby horses, and of course, bucking bronco machines).


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hoddypeaks blockheads, simpletons, yokels

Suggested use in a sentence:

As happy hoddypeaks go, Boris and Bart Botcherby from Bugtussle, Kentucky loved planting plastic flowers in old gumboots and erecting pretty pink flamingos on their front lawn to welcome awesome aliens from the planet Bob, (the center of a Fractally Demented Universe).


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horse buss (n.) a kiss with a loud smack and also a bite.

Suggested use in a sentence:

When Wormelow Tump accepted a starring role in a spaghetti western, he never dreamed he would have to look a gift horse in the mouth let alone plant a horse buss on an old nag.


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hug-me-tight (n.) a woman's short usually knitted sleveless close-fitting jacket

Suggested use in a sentence:

Annie Get-Your-Gun could ride and rope a steer, but she had not yet mastered the fine art of how to make a hug-me-tight using a treadle sewing machine.


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