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Weird Words Starting With 'W'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome To Weird Words Starting With 'W'

Have you ever wondered where to find some very wacky words? Just take a peek in your handy-dandy dictionary.

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 some wonderful words that begin with the letter 'W'.

The best way to honor these words is to find a place to stick them into casual conversation, plop them into a piffling piece of pillow talk, or insert them into a titillating tweet.


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wayzgoose n. annual employees' dinner or outing

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Princess Pucker-Up wasn't really sure whether kissing a frog at this year's wayzgoose for winter wunderkins would set a good example for the environmentally-friendly elves employed at Santa's North Pole factory.


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whangam n. generic term for an imaginary animal

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As the winsome whangam warily approached the posh popsicle stand in French Lick, Indiana, it suddenly occurred to owner Scrabster Skoonspruit that he may have exaggerated just a teensy weensy bit the health benefits of his low sugar and high protein frozen ice on a stick.


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whiskerine n. a beard growing contest

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

In the wonderful world of whiskerine, there are only two kinds of people: whiskered wannabes and winning whiskerandos!


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winkler n. one who extracts or forces something out little by little

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Wayne Widdershins was a dedicated denturist not to mention a frequent winkler and worshiper of wang at the Temple of Toothpaste in Chocolate Bayou, Texas.


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Note: the definition of "wang" is cheek or molar


witzelsucht n. a feeble attempt at humor

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

George's Casual Friday flannel pajama attire and his use of a well-worn whoope cushion earned him an enviable reputation as Wunderkin of the Witzelsucht from his cube farm colleagues.


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woopie n. a well-off older person

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The wizened woopie was used to getting her own way which is why she adored passing her hoity hauteur whenever she jolly well felt like it and then promptly blamed the foul deed on a flatulent footman.


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worsification n. the composition of bad poetry

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As the innocuous-looking inkpot emerged from the bowels of the earth with an out-of-date poetic license and plume in hand, frankly he began to wonder whether a wild weekend of worsification with a bunch of boringly bad bards was good for his marbles.


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Weird Word Poll - So smartypants, how well do you know your weird word meanings?


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Books for Wordsmiths & Wordpeckers

The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot
The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot

A curious collection of wonderfully weird words in the English language.

The Superior Person's Book of Words
The Superior Person's Book of Words

This little gem, if used properly, will definitely spice up even the most boring memo or baffle your boss.

The Gilded Tongue: Overly Eloquent Words for Everyday Things
The Gilded Tongue: Overly Eloquent Words for Everyday Things

A "must-have" manual for those who wish to delight their dinner companions or leave your colleagues scratching their heads for a changae.

Endangered Words: A Collection of Rare Gems for Book Lovers
Endangered Words: A Collection of Rare Gems for Book Lovers

Who said that endangered words in the English language can't delight and entertain very important verbivores?

Weird and Wonderful Words
Weird and Wonderful Words

This book contains all manner of bizarre and beautiful words in the English language that deserve to see the light of day!


Feedback from the Frontlines of Lost-Lexicon Lovers - So, what's your favorite odd, obsolete or obscure word in the English language?

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