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Weird Words Starting With 'X'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'X'

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, the spotlight is on a few harmless if not hilarious words that begin with the letter 'X'.

Perhaps the best way to honor these odd, peculiar, or long-forgotten words is to stick them into casual conversation, insert them into a mirthless manuscript, or scribble them on your fogged up bathroom mirror in the morning.


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xeniatrophobia n. a fear of going to strange or foreign doctors

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Nixie Nimrod suffered from a bad case of xeniatrophobia, which is why she always took a few short snorts from her flask of whisky hidden beneath her pantaloons before visiting the healing center in Knockemstiff, Ohio.


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xenium n. gift made to a guest or ambassador; any compulsory gift

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Thor, who had a penchant for pillaging and plundering, had no idea what sort of xenium he should provide, since he wasn't in the habit of being hospitable to houseguests.


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xenobombulate adj. malingerer

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Frank Featherbed might be called a "lame duck" president; but to his friends and family, he was as an exceptional xenobombulate.


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xerophilous adj. drought loving, particularly pertaining to plants

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Who knew that the curious cowboy from Dickshoorter, Idaho had such a fondness for xerophilious encounters?


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xertz vb. to gulp down quickly and greedily

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

To xertz or not to xertz that was the dastardly dilemma facing the boisterous beast with the bottomless pit.


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xylophagous adj. wood-eating

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The bonified bug doctor made a definitive diagnosis, the xylophagous creature was definitely eating them out of their house and home.


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      3 years ago

      You identify xenobombulate as an adjective, yet the definition and example sentence of its use is a noun: malingerer

      "Frank Featherbed might be called a "lame duck" president; but to his friends and family, he was as an exceptional xenobombulate."

      Other sites that provide this type of word list and include the word xenobombulate identify the word as a verb: to shirk; to malinger.

      What lexical source can be found that provides the correct definition? Or is the word an invented word that has not even been considered a ghost word in any standard English dictionary?


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