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Weird Words Starting With 'Y'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'Y'!

Are you ready to discover some little lost locutions or wonderfully wacky words in the 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 through lack of use or just dropped out of existence like the dodo bird.

We're almost near the end of our unusual words collection, and today features words that begin with the letter 'Y'.

Why not honor these odd, peculiar, or long-forgotten words by finding a place to stick them into casual conversation, inserting them in a terse text message, or scrawling them on one's misty mirror in the morning.


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yaffingale n. a green woodpecker

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

If there's one thing the youthful yaffingale could not abide it was the appearance of a wacky woodpecker named "Woody" who always bit off more bark than he could chew, or else entertained the wretched termites who sent the tree-huggers and happy homebodies into orbit.


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yegg n. a burglar, criminal, felon, robber, safecracker

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

The only problem the yodeling yegg had might be learning how to keep his mouth shut about how much swag he actually stole from Santa's Claus's safe on Christmas Eve.


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yex vb. to belch, hiccup, or spit

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Tristan Twaddlesworth, a chronologically-gifted cowpoke with a penchant for breaking noise bylaws, also had an unfortunate habit of yexing after consuming 12 pints of beer at the Serenity Saloon in Hoop and Holler, Texas.


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yikker n. sharp little cries

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

As the superbly-outfitted, state-of-the-art tank ambled along backroads of a peculiar planet named Nether Wallop, a sudden sort of sound akin to a yikker could be heard that scared the living daylights out of its driver, a placid person from the nearby asteroid, Middle Wallop.


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yird vb. to bury

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Contrary to popular belief, there are some fowl feathered friends who prefer to yird the hatchet if not their heads from time to time, especially when seeking a bit of solitude from the humdrum homo-sapien way of life or when looking for their next meal of boring bugs.


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yogibogeybox n. materials used by a spiritualist

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

After contemplating his navel for three days whilst sitting upon a mountain top, the Wizard of Wonk came to the conclusion that since he had no cockammie commandments to bring back to his floundering flock, he would instead replenish his yogibogeybox by catching a few fruit flies to impress his ardent acolytes who were bored out of their trees and prevent a mutiny.


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Wacky Words Book Shop

Smart Words: Vocabulary for the Erudite
Smart Words: Vocabulary for the Erudite

For those who've often wondered what weird words like "prelapsarian", "sedulous", and "sybaritic" are all about?

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

For those who've been invited to a posh dinner party and haven't a clue about what to say or how to break the ice.

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

Behind every snooty somebody lies a lovely set of superior words which need a good audience, and this little gem will help you find those weird words to impress them.

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

One of the best books to help you save those endangered words in the English language that are headed the way of the dodo bird.

Totally Weird and Wonderful Words
Totally Weird and Wonderful Words

Another totally awesome collection of wonderful weird words that should be preserved from the ravages of a vanishing vocubulary that is sure to get lost in the forest of forgetfulness.


Feedback from the Frontlines of Vanishing Vocabulary - So, what is your favorite odd, outdated or obsolete word in English?

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