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Weird Words Starting With 'Z'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting With 'Z'

Are you ready to discover some wonderful words 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.

It is now time to conclude our curious collection of weird words found in the dictionary by highlighting those beginning with 'Z'.

The best way to honor these odd, peculiar, or perhaps some might say even wacky words is to find a place to stick them into casual conversation, to spice up electronic missives, or simply to add a wee bit of pith and vinegar to one's daily round and curiosity about life. Hope you've enjoyed our very zany zoo of wonderfully weird words to be found in the English language.


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zoanthropy n. delusion that one is an animal

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Oglum Offleyhoo, a long-time resident of Mary's Igloo in Alaska, suffered from the zany zoanthropy that he was a dapperly-dressed dashing dude, and if truth be told, he considered himself a rather fetching find as far as loafing, loose-lipped, long-tusked walruses go.


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zoppetto n. medieval Italian limping hop dance

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

It has been suggested by scholars of 19th century European history that British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's interpretation of the Zoppetto bore a striking resemblance to the flamboyant "Political Egg Dance" performed by certain prominent members of parliament.


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zorino n. euphemism for skunk fur

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Lord Lutton Gowts was zealous in his ambition to own the world's most curious collection of scented stoles, particularly a fashionable accessory known as Zorino, often worn by the Naughty Ladies of Shady Lane.


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zuppa n. fish soup

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Chef Claude from the Cod-Damn-It Pub in Plumbsock, New Jersey, realized that perhaps today's zuppa special would be missing at least one piece of seasoned fin and haddock.


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zwitterion: n. dipolar ion

Suggested use in a sentence:

Professor Morty Mugwump, a scintillating somebody at the University of Useless Knowledge couldn't wait to deliver his electrifying lecture on "The Invisible Mating Habits of Zwitterions" to an amenable audience of somnambulent students.


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zymurgy n. branch of chemistry dealing with brewing and distilling

Suggested Use In A Sentence:

Professor Hugo Hugglescote, had for many years toiled away in his lovely little libation laboratory in Bungletown, Virginia before realizing that he much preferred the company of wild and wicked wine wenches to the companionship of his hung-over hops colleagues who couldn't give a sweet tweet about zymurgy when under the influence of evil spirits.


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Weird Word Poll - So Smarty Pants, you think you have the right answer to this question?


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The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words Your Dictionary Forgot

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The Gilded Tongue: Overly Eloquent Words for Everyday Things

A "must-have" manual for those wondering what to say to impress your dinner companions and host at your next party.

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Totally Weird and Wonderful Words

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Feedback From The Frontlines of Weird Word Lovers! - So, what's your favorite odd, obscure or obsolete word in the English language?

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      6 years ago

      Zowie ... you did it from A to Z. Congratulations are definitely in order.


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