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Weird Words Starting With 'N'

Updated on January 13, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'N'

Are you ready to discover some wonderful words in the dictionary that have rarely seen the light of day? Today we are featuring words that begin with the letter 'N'.

The English lexicon is ever expanding, but as one new word comes into being, many fade away through lack of use. Perhaps it's time to ressurect these fascinating long-forgotten words and give them a new lease on life.

So, without further ado, let's satisfy the appetites of suaviloquists, verbivores, and word-peckers everywhere. How about inserting these old, obscure, or out-of-date words into one's mundane daily conversation and add a little color to one's routine written communications.


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nictation n. winking or blinking

Suggested Use in a Sentence:

Betty Boop excels in nictation, which more than makes up for her lacklustre performance at taking dictation.


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nidiculous adj. reared for a time in a nest; sharing the nest of another kind of animal

Suggested Use in a Sentence:

Flightless Filhemina had a funny feeling that her nidiculous days were over judging from her mother's dotingless disposition, a definite alteration in the pecking order scheme of things, not to mention a sharp reduction in the daily worm fulfillment allotment category.


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nobbler n. a small drink of spirits, wine or beer.

Suggested Use In a Sentence:

Dirk Dingleberry, a hapless, happy-go-lucky hob-nobber from the Casanova Cork Club, often found himself in the company dingbats, dweebs, and dorks, particularly if he was paying for a round of nobblers at the Pratts Bottom Pub.


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noggle vb. to walk awkwardly

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Having devoured a meaty manuscript, Tolstoy's "War and Peace", as an appetizer, the masticating monster ordered "101 Ways to Avoid Reincarnation" by Hester Mudis for the main course, which is probably accounts for why after taking one bite, he had to noggle towards the little boy's room at the Bildungsroman Bistro.


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noli me tangere n. a warning against tounching, prodding, or meddling

Suggested Use in A Sentence:

The carpet knight leaned against the bedpost nonchalantly and said to his perplexingly passionate paramour, "This noli me tangere will get you nowhere, as I'm never going to tell if my chewing gum loses its flavor on the bedpost overnight!"



nostrum n. a medicine made of secret ingredients and touted with promises

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As the joy-challenged robot from the mostly harmless galaxy of Arkintoofle Minor swallowed the plate full of potent pills and nourishing nostrum, (prescribed by a highly-recommended snake-oil sales associate from Los Angeles, California), she felt an unusual sensation ripple through her shocking pink poltergeist body, akin to a good stiff drink of electric delight.


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Reference to the planet Arkintoofle Minor, courtesy of Douglas Adams, "Mostly Harmless"


nullibicity n. state of being nowhere

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Between the devil and the deep blue sea, she preferred the state of nullibicity where she was neither fish nor fowl thank you very much.


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nutmegs testicles

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Western delicacies may be referred to as tendergroins, cowboy caviar, or swinging beef, but bull and chain boys prefer to call them nutmegs!


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