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Weird Words Starting With 'C'

Updated on January 12, 2013

Welcome to Weird Words Starting with 'C'

Are you ready to discover some wonderfully wacky 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.

Today, the spotlight is on weird words that begin with the letter 'C'.

The best way to honor these lovely locutions is to drop them into casual conversation, to spice up a terse text message, or to slip them unobtrusively into a peripatetic piece of poetry.


calipygian adj. having shapely buttocks (circa 1800s)

Suggested use in a sentence:

Her calipygian couture and vixen voice were considered her best assets, particularly when it came to promoting Bodmin's Back Bacon or the equally enticing Cold Comfort Cottage treatment for chapped hands in which a pair of lithe lamb chops figured prominently.


What the would the wonderful world of weird words beginning with "c" be without something to celebrate?

Chrismukkah (n.) a hybrid holiday (December 1-25) that combines the Christian celebration of "Christmas" with the Jewish holiday of "Hannukah"

Suggested use in a sentence:

Frugal Freddy had difficulty deciding the perfect gift for the annual Chrismukkah office party: a bottle of "Oi Joy", a mug of "Merry-Mish-Mash", or a quirky candy cane candelabra.


chinkers ( coins, money

Suggested use in a sentence:

As the feisty feline of frugal flights of fancy (better known as the "Dame of Dirt Cheap") entered the Cold Foot Casino in some godforsaken place in Alaska, she couldn't quite decide whether to empty her penny-pinching purse by putting all her chinkers in a hot hunk slot machine or blowing it all on a game of "Fish" in the Unrequited Love Lounge.


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circumbilivagination (n.) going around in a circular motion

Suggested use in a sentence:

The Carpet Knight didn't mind tooting his own horn, for he had seen many a mischievous mattress and a meticulously-woven mistress in his circumbilivagination of all those bubbly baignoirs and bodacious "beauty rest" chambers in the quaint castles of Europe.


cloakatively (adv.) superficially

Suggested use in a sentence:

He may have worn a trench coat to hide the fact that he was allergic to wearing his heart on his sleeve, but that did not mean that the love affair with a cranky creature from Clapper Gap, Californica could cloakatively be regarded as a platonic or pathetic pursuit.


Couchee (n.) a visit received about bedtime.

Suggested use in a sentence:

Having difficulting talking his heart out to bunch of hapless houseplants or counting the number of cuspids to be found in grumpy gift horses all day long, the Toothless Troll decided his time could be better spent as a couchee to a curious group of vampires who had lost their urge to sink their teeth into a good book or wolf down some milk and cookies before bed.


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crocitation (n.) cawing, croaking

Suggested use in a sentence:

The constant crocitation of the cooing love birds in the nest next door interfered with the ability of the terrific tiddlywinks team from Grizzly' Bear's Head & The Lean Man, Saskatchewan to practice their world-renowned manoeuvre, the "John Lennon Memorial Shot" (a simultaneous boondock and squop).

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      6 years ago

      "Chryselephantine" -- Made of gold and silver. :)

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      6 years ago

      You got me - I've never heard of any of these words! I liked "chinkers" best and will try to use it in a sentence today. :)

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      Toni Grundstrom 

      7 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Fun lens. I like Couchee. Blessed by a SqidAngel.

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      8 years ago

      What fun - I love there's a word for 'shapely buttocks! (calipygian) I'll now take a look at the other letters.

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      8 years ago

      did I miss 'A' and 'B'

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      8 years ago

      nice words.


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