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Weird Words Starting With 'K'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'K'

This light-hearted lens is devoted to some wonderful words that have rarely seen the light of day.

Given the fact that the English language has evolved through many centuries and now has more than a million words under its belt, it's not surprising that there are more than a few words that have disappeared over time much like the dinosaur and dodo bird.

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

The best way to honor these dead, defunct, or destitute words is to place them fittingly into casual conversation, to embellish one's terse text messages, or simply to offer a pleasant alternative to one's daily routine of navel-gazing.


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keak vb. to cackle

Suggested use in a sentence:

The Wicked Witch of Whoop-Dee-Doo keaked as she jumped onto her turbo-charged environmentally-friendly broomstock to join the Great Pumpkin for a spot of afternoon tea (spiked with pinches of piffleberries and tidbits of toad thrown in for good measure).


kakistocracry n. government by the worst people

Suggested use in a sentence:

All the pundits, preachers, and politicians the world over couldn't wait to find out who would be crowned the King of Kakistocracy.


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keeve n. a large tub

Suggested use in a sentence:

The Pirate from Penzance wondered whether his plush porcelain keeve was really designed to accommodate bellies, boats and those bobbing little yellow rubber ducks.


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kelk vb. to groan or belch

Suggested use in a sentence:

The dauntless defender of super suds and first-rate frothy foam let it be known that his hops never caused belching, bloating, or kelking like those kegs belonging to the competition.


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kiaugh n. trouble, anxiety

Suggested use in a sentence:

The klutz in the kilt experienced a wee bit of kiaugh when he realized that his trusty sword was ripping to shreds his brand-new form-fitting tartan spandex support hose and stockings.


kickie-wickie n. a wife

Suggested use in a sentence:

As cosmetically-challenged, chronologically-gifted kickie-wickies go she was unique...but when the mirror on the wall told her that her kewpie doll days were over, she lit up another cigarette, plunked herself down on a pillow, and then pondered about which pair of steel-toed stilettos and spurs to wear to her hubby's retirement roast.


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Knight of the Trencher n. a great eater, a renowned glutton

Suggested use in a sentence:

Midway through the sumptuous speech filled with entertaining exploits of feasting on snails, fiddleheads and damsels in distress during his days as a Knight of the Trencher, Waldo was greeted with a flying tomato, a cracked egg, and a banana peel from out of left field.


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So smarty pants, what the heck is kloof?

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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

This little tasty morsel of weird words is like peanuts; if you read one entry, you'll be sure to "keak" for more!

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The Superior Person's Second Book of Weird and Wondrous Words

More than 600 odd, outlandish, and sometimes obsolete words to baffle, bemuse or bamboozle anyone.


Feedback from the frontlines of weird word lovers! - What is your favorite odd, obscure or obsolete word in the English language?

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