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Weird Words Starting With 'J'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'J'

Are you ready to dig up 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 use while others may have expired and gone the way of the dodo bird.

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

Frankly, the best way to keep these words alive is to stick them into casual conversation. If that doesn't grab your fancy, why not insert a few into your terse text messages to add an air of mystery. Or better yet, why not capture the curiosity of a dweeb who is tired of waiting for Godot much less watching paint dry or grass grow?


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japers an inferior class of minstrels or jesters

Suggested use in a sentence:

Jeepers Creepers William will you look at those gesticulating japers -- the way they're bobbling those balls and playing those frightening flutes suggests they're suffering from pre-minstrel tension.


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jeoparty-trot n. a quick motion, between running and walking when one, on account of fear or weakness, is not able to run at full speed

Suggested use in a sentence:

Bartholemew Peabody, Knight of the Carpet, overcame his fear of dastardly dragons and damsels-in-distress by practicing his jeoparty-trot, not to mention his scowl, his teeth-gnashing technique, and his blood-curdling yodel in front of a full-length mirror every day.



jobbernole n. bean, brain, cerebellum, cranium, crown, head, nob, noggin, noodle, skull

Suggested use in a sentence:

Like all head honchos, Humpty Dumpty found out the hard way that without a golden parachute, landing on one's jobbernole isn't all that it's cracked up to be!


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Jerry Sneak n. a henpecked husband

Suggested use in a sentence:

Wild Bill Hiccup, a well-known Jerry Sneak, realized being married to a buxom battle-axe who obliged him to dog steers, ride wild broncos, and rope the wind was one thing, but having to put up with her horrid home-cooking that gagged the buzzards finally drove him to drink!


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junters n. a state of sulks

Suggested use in a sentence:

Being afflicted with a case of the junters, Jezebel Poplolly, prompted by a busybody bird, thought it was high time she applied another coat of pouting lip gloss to match her despondent disposition at having been dumped by the dashing Duke of Doorknobs in favor of a flat-footed floosie from Possom Trot, Kentucky.


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juvament interj. - aid! help!

Suggested use in a sentence:

Donning a gas mask and apron didn't help, so the only thing George could do was yell "Juvament!" at the top of his lungs in the hope that his frigging Fairy Godmother would rescue him from a fate worse than death...having to change these noxious nappies!


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Weird Words Bookshelf

Poplollies & Bellibones: A Celebration of Lost Words Along with Tenderfeet and Ladyfingers: A Compendium of Body Language
Poplollies & Bellibones: A Celebration of Lost Words Along with Tenderfeet and Ladyfingers: A Compendium of Body Language

For all those who might wish to taste some "bellytimber" or open their "wink-a-peeps" and prepare for a "whoopubb" of "adlubescence"?

Word-Hoard: An Introduction to Old English Vocabulary, Second Edition (Yale Language Series)
Word-Hoard: An Introduction to Old English Vocabulary, Second Edition (Yale Language Series)

As one reader put it, "it's a marvelous book to dip into when brushing your teeth or waiting for your toast to pop up" - - the gems you'll find in this quirky compendium of Old English will keep you mesmerized.

Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon
Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon

A treasure trove of weird words that will surely satiate the appetite of word lovers everywhere!

Weird and Wonderful Words
Weird and Wonderful Words

This book will appeal to "boffins", " funambulists", "seplasiaries", and of course word weavers the world over.

A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English
A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English

It makes a delightful gift that can be devoured in one sitting (which may be why it is such a popular pocket book for the loo library).


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