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Weird Words Starting With 'P'

Updated on January 13, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'P'!

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 the fact that few folks even know they exist.

Today, we are featuring a few fascinating if not funny words that begin with the letter 'P'.

The best way to honor these long-lost words is to find a place to stick them into casual conversation, to spice up routine emails, or to impress your foes in a friendly game of "Scrabble".


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palaestra n. wrestling school; gymnasium

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

A world champion mud wrestler, Lucretia Lubricious, let it be known that she attended the Prickmedainty Palaestra, (a rather finishing school for girls with crossed-eyes, two left feet, an uncontrollable sweet tooth and parents who had very deep pockets.)


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paludicolous adj. growing in marshes; marsh-dwelling

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The professor surmised that the dreadfully dressed dinosaur had not had a square meal in quite some time, which was not surprising given the remnants left behind in this peculiar, petrified, paludicolous primeval sort of place.


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parturition n. the act of giving birth

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The Stork of Snafus wasn't sure whether this parturition project was really what Mr. and Mrs. Waxahachie of Peach Bottom, Virginia had in mind when they were canoodling and frolicking about in the hollyfuds of Humptulips in Washington State nine months ago.


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prattling box n. euphemism or pejorative term meaning the pulpit

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The doctor told me that I suffered from a chronic condition ear infection caused by exposure to far too many sloganeering, smooth-tongued, smarmy soliloquys from the prattling box.


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pulicide n. flea-killer

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Although William Whiffenspit was known far and wide for his bedbug bopping talent, he wasn't sure he had what it took to win the title, Pulicide Pulverizer of the World by defeating his opponent and arch nemesis, Dirk Dingleberry, the dapper director of a popular flea circus.


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pyknic adj. characterized by short squat stature

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As they gazed into each other's eyes, the pyknic Prince of Pinocchio realized she was no princess, and the Wicked Witch of Wonk realized she had kissed a vertically-challenged toad.


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      Love all of these funny words that I have never heard of before! Enjoyed your lens!


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