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52 Interesting Words to Know

  • zenith

    the highest point of something

  • zealot

    a fervent and even militant proponent of something

  • yearn

    desire strongly or persistently

  • yawner

    a person who yawns

  • xenophobia

    a fear of foreigners or strangers

  • x-axis

    the horizontal axis in a plane coordinate system

  • wonky

    turned or twisted toward one side

  • wanton

    a lewd or immoral person

  • vermillion

    of a vivid red to reddish-orange color

  • vague

    lacking clarity or distinctness

  • unique

    the single one of its kind

  • uncanny

    surpassing the ordinary or normal

  • tenacious

    stubbornly unyielding

  • tangible

    perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch

  • serene

    not agitated

  • saquinavir

    a weak protease inhibitor used in treating HIV

  • rhetorical

    relating to using language effectively

  • rambunctious

    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

  • quixotic

    not sensible about practical matters

  • quell

    suppress or crush completely

  • pique

    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response

  • paradigm

    a standard or typical example

  • oxymoron

    conjoined contradictory terms

  • optimistically

    with optimism; in an optimistic manner

  • nostalgic

    unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things

  • narrative

    an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

  • misanthrope

    someone who dislikes people in general

  • melancholy

    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

  • lucid

    transparently clear; easily understandable

  • lethargic

    deficient in alertness or activity

  • ken

    range of what one can know or understand

  • karma

    effects of one's actions that determine his or her destiny

  • jurisdiction

    the territory within which power can be exercised

  • jejune

    lacking interest or significance or impact

  • irony

    incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs

  • integrity

    an undivided or unbroken completeness with nothing wanting

  • hypnosis

    a state that resembles sleep induced by suggestion

  • hyperbole

    extravagant exaggeration

  • guise

    an artful or simulated semblance

  • gallivant

    wander aimlessly in search of pleasure

  • fortitude

    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity

  • fervent

    characterized by intense emotion

  • esoteric

    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle

  • empathy

    understanding and entering into another's feelings

  • dubious

    fraught with uncertainty or doubt

  • disposition

    your usual mood

  • cynical

    believing the worst of human nature and motives

  • capricious

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

  • bypass

    avoid something

  • benevolent

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding

  • ambiguous

    having more than one possible meaning

  • alliteration

    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

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    A full-length, sleeveless outer garment worn by Arabs.


    The fourth stomach of a ruminant, such as a cow or sheep.


    To leave somewhere abruptly.


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    A powerful jinn or demon in Arabian and Muslim mythology.


    A group of museums and other cultural institutions in South Kensington in London, named after Prince Albert.

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    A Spanish palace or fortress.


    A phrase or sentence that is grammatically ambiguous, such asShe sees more of her children than her husband.


    A mythical serpent with a head at each end.


    Winding or circuitous.


    Resembling an eel.


    The death of cells which occurs as a normal part of an organism’s growth or development.


    Informal an ignorant or unsophisticated person.


    Copious but meaningless talk or writing.


    Vigilant, referring to Argos, a Greek mythological watchman with a hundred eyes.




    An implement used for sprinkling holy water in religious ceremonies.


    An eroded remnant of a large, ancient crater made by the impact of a meteorite or comet.

    Attic salt

    Refined, incisive wit.


    The casting off of a limb or other part of the body by an animal under threat, such as a lizard.


    A hooligan.


    A sticky preparation used for setting hair.

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    A humorous excessive admiration of Shakespeare.


    Illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing.

    Barn burner

    A very exciting or dramatic event, especially a sports contest; first used of an exceptionally good hand at bridge.


    A large party or dance.


    Scottish a coin of low value.


    The flora and fauna on the bottom of a sea or lake.


    A type of crevasse.


    A small hard, solid mass which may form in the stomachs of animals such as goats or sheep.


    A person who buys and sells books, especially rare ones.


    An iron bar with sliding shackles, used to fasten prisoners’ ankles.


    A tramp.


    Informal a collision.


    A person who talks at great length without making much sense.

    Bleeding edge

    The very forefront of technological development.

    Blind pig

    Informal a place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally.


    A great deal of fuss or trouble.

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    Informal a joke that gets a loud or hearty laugh.


    Informal a surprise result in a sporting event.


    A rumbling or gurgling noise in the intestines.


    A person who believes that it is possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can exist on air alone.


    Gigantic, from Brobdingnag, a country in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.


    Involuntary and habitual grinding of the teeth.


    A drink of rum, sugar, water, and nutmeg.


    A mustache in combination with whiskers on the cheeks but no beard on the chin.


    An urge to do something inadvisable.


    Having shapely buttocks.


    Like a discordant band or a noisy parade.


    A military attack carried out at night.


    Melodious or resonant.


    To chant or intone a passage of religious text.

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    Convulsive or involuntary movements made by delirious patients, such as plucking at the bedclothes.


    Foretelling the future by means of a mirror.


    The study or investigation of crop circles.


    Deep sky blue.


    A piece of waste paper produced by punching a hole.


    Informal a teachers’ strike.


    A rooster in a fairy tale.

    More Unique Words In The English Language

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    Chiliad — a thousand things or a thousand years

    Claggy — ialect sticky or able to form sticky lumps

    Clepsydra — an early clock using the flow of water into or out of a container

    Colporteur — a person who peddles books, newspapers, or other writings, especially bibles and religious tracts

    Comess — a confused or noisy situation

    Commensalism — an association between two organisms in which one benefits from the relationship and the other derives neither harm nor benefit

    Comminatory — threatening, punitive, or vengeful

    Concinnity — elegance or neatness of literary or artistic style

    Congius — an ancient Roman liquid measure equal in modern terms to about 6 imperial pints

    Conniption (or conniption fit) — informal a fit of rage or hysterics

    Constellate — to gather together in a cluster or group

    Coprolalia — the involuntary repetitive use of obscene language

    Coriaceous — like leather

    Couthy — Scottish (of a person) warm and friendly; (of a place) cosy and comfortable

    Criticaster — a minor or incompetent critic

    Crore — ten million

    Crottle — a lichen used in Scotland to make a brownish dye for wool

    Croze — a groove at the end of a cask or barrel in which the head is fixed

    Cryptozoology — the search for and study of animals whose existence is unproven, such as the Loch Ness monster and the yeti

    Cudbear — a purple or violet powder used for dyeing, made from lichen

    Cupreous — of or like copper

    Cyanic — blue; azure

    Cybersquatting — the practice of registering well-known names as Internet domain names, in the hope of reselling them at a profit

    Dariole — a small round metal mould used in French cooking for an individual sweet or savory dish

    Deasil — clockwise or in the direction of the sun’s course

    Decubitus — the posture of someone who is lying down or lying in bed

    Deedy — industrious or effective

    Defervescence — the lessening of a fever

    Deglutition — the action or process of swallowing

    Degust — to taste food or drink carefully, so as to fully appreciate it

    Deipnosophist — a person skilled in the art of dining and dinner-table conversation

    Deracinate — to tear something up by the roots

    Deterge — to cleanse something thoroughly

    Didi — an older sister or female cousin

    Digerati — people with expertise or professional involvement in information technology

    Dight — clothed or equipped; also, to make something ready for use

    Discobolus — a discus thrower in ancient Greece

    Disembogue — to emerge or pour out (used of a river or stream)

    Disenthral — to set someone free from enslavement

    Divagate — to stray or digress

    Divaricate — to stretch or spread apart

    Donkey engine — a small auxiliary engine on a ship

    Donkeyman — a man working in a ship’s engine room

    Doryphore — a pedantic and annoyingly persistent critic of others

    Dotish — stupid or silly

    Douceur — a financial inducement or bribe

    Draff — dregs or refuse

    Dragoman — an interpreter or professional guide for travellers, especially one in countries in which Arabic, Turkish, or Persian is spoken

    Dumbsize — to reduce the staff numbers of a company to such low levels that work can no longer be carried out effectively

    Dwaal — a dreamy, dazed, or absent-minded state

    Ecdysiast — a striptease performer

    Eunoia — beautiful thinking. This word comes from a Greek word that means well mind.

    Edacious — having to do with eating or fond of eating

    Effable — able to be described in words.

    Emacity — fondness for buying things

    Emmetropia — the normal condition of the eye: perfect vision

    Empasm — a perfumed powder sprinkled on the body to prevent sweating or for medicinal purposes

    Ensorcell — to enchant or fascinate someone

    Entomophagy — this literally means the eating of insects, especially by people

    Erf — a plot of land

    Ergometer — an apparatus which measures energy expended during physical exercise

    Erubescent — reddening or blushing

    E-tailer — a retailer who sells goods on the Internet

    Etui — a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles

    Eucatastrophe — a happy ending to a story

    Eurhythmic — in harmonious proportion

    Eviternity — eternal existence or everlasting duration

    Exequies — funeral rites

    Exsanguine — bloodless or anaemic

    Extramundane — outside or beyond the physical world

    Eyewater — W. Indian tears

    Famulus — an assistant or attendant, especially one working for a magician or scholar

    Fankle — Scottish to tangle or entangle something

    Fipple — the mouthpiece of a recorder or similar wind instrument

    Flatline — to die

    Flews — the thick pendulous lips of a bloodhound or similar dog

    Floccinaucinihilipilification — the action or habit of estimating something as worthless (a word generally only quoted as a curiosity)

    Flocculent — having or resembling tufts of wool

    Force-ripe — West Indian old or mature in certain respects without having developed fully in others

    Forehanded — prudent or thrifty

    Frondeur — a political rebel

    Fugacious — transient or fleeting

    Funambulist — a tightrope walker

    Furuncle — a boil

    Fuscous — dark and sombre in colour

    Futhark — the Scandinavian runic alphabet

    Futz — to waste time or busy oneself aimlessly

    Gaberlunzie — archaic a beggar

    Gaita — a kind of bagpipe played in northern Spain and Portugal

    Galligaskins — a type of loose breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries

    Gallus — Scottish bold or daring

    Gasconade — extravagant boasting

    Glabrous — (of skin) hairless or (of a leaf) having no down

    Glaikit — foolish, or thoughtless

    Gnathic — having to do with the jaws

    Gobemouche — a gullible or credulous listener

    Goodfella — a gangster, especially a member of a Mafia family

    Guddle — Scottish to fish with one’s hands by groping under the stones or banks of a stream

    Habile — deft or skilful

    Hallux — Anatomy the big toe

    Haruspex — a religious official in ancient Rome who inspected the entrails of sacrificial animals in order to foretell the future

    Higgler — a person who travels from place to place selling small items

    Hinky — US informal dishonest, suspect, or unreliable

    Hoddy-noddy — a foolish person

    Hodiernal — of today

    Hoggin — a mixture of sand and gravel, used especially in road-building

    Hongi — a traditional Maori greeting or salutation made by pressing or touching noses

    Howff — a favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub

    Humdudgeon — an imaginary illness

    Hunt-and-peck — using only one or two fingers on a computer keyboard

    Hwyl — a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy which is associated with the Welsh people

    Illywhacker — informal a small-time confidence trickster

    Incrassate — thickened in form or consistency

    Incunabula — books printed before

    Ingurgitate — to swallow something greedily

    Inspissate — to thicken or congeal

    Inunct — to apply ointment to someone or something

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    Jumbuck — Austral. informal a sheep

    Jumentous — resembling horse’s urine

    Jungli — Indian uncultured or wild

    Karateka — a person who performs karate

    Keek — to peep surreptitiously

    Kenspeckle — conspicuous or easily recognizable

    Kinnikinnick — a substance consisting of dried sumac leaves and willow or dogwood bark, smoked by North American Indians

    Minacious — menacing or threatening

    Minibeast — informal a small invertebrate animal such as an insect or spider

    Misogamy — the hatred of marriage

    Mistigris — a joker or other extra card played as a wild card in some versions of poker

    Mixologist — informal a person who is skilled at mixing cocktails and other drinks

    Mollitious — luxurious or sensuous

    Momism — excessive attachment to or domination by one’s mother

    Monkey’s wedding — simultaneous rain and sunshine

    Monorchid — having only one testicle

    Moonraker — a native of the county of Wiltshire

    Mouse potato — a person who spends large amounts of their leisure or working time on a computer

    Mudlark — a person who scavenges in riverside mud at low tide for anything of value

    Muktuk — the skin and blubber of a whale, eaten by the Inuit people

    Mumpsimus — a traditional custom or notion that is adhered to although it has been shown to be unreasonable

    Nacarat — a bright orange-red colour

    Nagware — computer software which is free for a trial period and thereafter frequently reminds the user to pay for it

    Nainsook — a fine, soft cotton fabric, originally made in the Indian subcontinent

    Natation — swimming

    Nesh — dialect weak, delicate, or feeble

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    Netizen — a habitual or keen user of the Internet

    Noctambulist — a sleepwalker

    Noyade — an execution carried out by drowning

    Nugacity — triviality or frivolity

    Nympholepsy — passion or rapture aroused in men by beautiful young girls

    Obnubilate — to darken, dim, or obscure something

    Ogdoad — a group or set of eight

    Omophagy — the eating of raw food, especially meat

    Omphalos — the centre or hub of something

    Onolatry — the worship of donkeys or asses

    Operose — involving or displaying a lot of effort

    Opsimath — a person who begins to learn or study late in life

    Orectic — having to do with desire or appetite

    Orrery — a clockwork model of the solar system, or the sun, earth, and moon

    Ortanique — a cross between an orange and a tangerine

    Otalgia — earache

    Oxter — a person’s armpit

    Paludal — living or occurring in a marshy habitat

    Pantagruelian — enormous

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    Panurgic — able or ready to do anything

    Parapente — an aerofoil parachute, used for gliding

    Paraph — a flourish after a signature

    Patulous — (of the boughs of a tree, for example) spreading

    Pavonine — to do with or resembling a peacock

    Pedicular — to do with lice

    Sangoma — a traditional healer or witch doctor in southern Africa

    Sarmie — informal a sandwich

    Saucier — a sauce chef

    Saudade — a feeling of longing or melancholy that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament

    Scofflaw — a person who flouts the law

    Screenager — a person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for using computers and the Internet

    Scrippage — one’s baggage and personal belongings

    Selkie — a mythical sea creature like a seal in water but human on land

    Serac — a pinnacle or ridge of ice on the surface of a glacier

    Sesquipedalian — (of a word) having many syllables or (of a piece of writing) using many long words

    Shallop — a light sailing boat used chiefly for coastal fishing

    Shamal — a hot, dry north-westerly wind that blows across the Persian Gulf in summer and causes sandstorms

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    Shavetail — US military slang a newly commissioned officer, or any inexperienced person

    Shippon — dialect a cattle shed

    Shofar — a ram’s-horn trumpet used in Jewish religious ceremonies and, in ancient times, to sound a battle signal

    Skanky — informal revolting

    Skelf — a splinter or sliver of wood

    Skimmington — a kind of procession once undertaken to make an example of a nagging wife or an unfaithful husband

    Skycap — a porter at an airport

    Snakebitten — informal unlucky or doomed to misfortune

    Snollygoster — a shrewd or unprincipled person

    Sockdolager — US informal a heavy blow

    Solander — a protective box made in the form of a book, for holding items such as botanical specimens, maps, and colour plates

    Soucouyant — a kind of witch, in eastern Caribbean folklore, who is believed to shed her skin by night and suck the blood of her victims

    Soul case — the human body

    Serein — fine rain falling after sunset from a sky where no clouds are visible. This word has origins in the French language.

    Soul catcher — a hollowed bone tube used by a North American Indian medicine man to keep a sick person’s soul safe while they are sick

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    Spaghettification — the process by which (in some theories) an object would be stretched and ripped apart by gravitational forces on falling into a black hole

    Spitchcock — an eel, split and then grilled or fried

    Splanchnic — having to do with the the viscera or internal organs, especially those of the abdomen

    Spurrier — a person who makes spurs

    Stercoraceous — consisting of or resembling dung or faeces

    Sternutator — something that causes sneezing

    Stiction — the frictional force which hinders an object from being moved while in contact with another

    Strappado — a punishment or torture in which the victim was hoisted in the air on a rope and then allowed to fall almost to the ground before being stopped with an abrupt jerk

    Strigil — an instrument with a curved blade used by ancient Greeks and Romans to scrape sweat and dirt from the skin in a hot-air bath or after exercise

    Struthious — having to do with or resembling an ostrich

    Studmuffin — humorous a sexually attractive, muscular man

    Stylite — a early Christian ascetic who lived standing on top of a pillar

    Subfusc — the dark formal clothing worn for examinations and ceremonial or formal occasions at some universities

    Submontane — passing under or through mountains, or situated on the lower slopes of a mountain range

    Succuss — meaning to shake something vigorously, especially a homeopathic remedy

    Sudd — an area of floating vegetation that impedes navigation in a stretch of the White Nile

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    Suedehead — a youth like a skinhead but with slightly longer hair and smarter clothes

    Sun-grazing — (of a comet) having an orbit which passes close to the sun

    Superbious — use this to describe someone proud and overbearing

    Superette — a small supermarket

    Taniwha — a mythical monster which, according to Maori legend, lives in very deep water

    Tappen — the plug by which the rectum of a bear is closed during hibernation

    Tellurian — of or inhabiting the earth, or an inhabitant of the earth

    Testudo — a device used in siege warfare in ancient Rome, consisting of a wheeled screen with an arched roof (literally a ‘tortoise’)

    Thalassic — relating to the sea

    Thaumatrope — a scientific toy devised in the 19th century. It consisted of a disc with a different picture on each of its two sides: when the disc was rotated rapidly about a diameter, these pictures appeared to combine into one image.

    Thirstland — a desert or large arid area

    Thrutch — Na narrow gorge or ravine

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    Thurifer — a person carrying a censer, or thurible, of burning incense during religious ceremonies

    Tiffin — chiefly Indian a light meal, especially lunch

    Tigon — the hybrid off spring of a male tiger and a lioness (the offspring of a male lion and a tigress being a liger)

    Tokoloshe — in African folklore, a mischievous and lascivious hairy water sprite

    toplofty — informal haughty and arrogant

    Transpicuous — transparent

    Triskaidekaphobia — extreme superstition about the number thirteen

    Triskelion — a Celtic symbol consisting of three radiating legs or curved lines, such as the emblem of the Isle of Man

    Tsantsa — a human head shrunk as a war trophy by the Jivaro people of Ecuador

    Turbary — the legal right to cut turf or peat for fuel on common ground or on another person’s ground

    Ulu — a short-handled knife with a broad crescent-shaped blade, used by Inuit women

    Umbriferous — shady

    Uncinate — (of a part of the body) having a hooked shape

    Uniped — a person or animal with only one foot or leg

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    Uroboros — a circular symbol depicting a snake (or a dragon) swallowing its tail, intended as an emblem of wholeness or infinity

    Ustad — Indian an expert or highly skilled person, especially a musician

    Vagarious — erratic and unpredictable in behavior or direction

    Velleity — a wish or inclination which is not strong enough to lead one to take action

    Verjuice — a sour juice obtained from crab apples or unripe grapes

    Vicinal — neighbouring or adjacen

    Vidiot — informal a habitual, undiscriminating watcher of television or videotapes

    Vomitous — nauseating or repulsive

    Wabbit — Scottish exhausted or slightly unwell

    Waitron — a waiter or waitress

    Wanderlust — a strong desire to travel

    Wakeboarding — the sport of riding on a short, wide board while being towed behind a motor boat

    Wayzgoose — an annual summer party and outing that used to be held by a printing house for all its employees

    Winebibber — meaning a heavy drinker

    Wittol — a man who knows of and tolerates his wife’s infidelity

    Woopie — an affluent retired person able to pursue an active lifestyle (from the initials of well-off older person)

    Wowser — chiefly Austral./NZ a puritanical, prudish person or a killjoy

    Xenology — the scientific study of extraterrestrial phenomena

    Ylem — (in big bang theory) the primordial matter of the universe

    Zetetic — proceeding by inquiry or investigation

    Zoolatry — the worship of animals

    Zopissa — a medicinal preparation made from wax and pitch scraped from the sides of ships

    Zorro — a South American kind of fox

    Zyrian — a former term for Komi, a language spoken in an area of Russia west of the Urals; at present the last entry in the Oxford English Dictionary Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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    16 Unique English Words That&#;ll Make You Sound Like a Genius

    Have you ever heard someone say an English word you didn&#;t understand?

    A word that left you flummoxed?

    If you have, you&#;re not alone!

    English has a ton of unique words that you may not be familiar with yet.

    But, don&#;t let strange-looking words thwart your efforts at learning English!

    Go grab your eyeglasses if you&#;re myopic, and let&#;s look at a list of unique English words that you can learn to pronounce and spell.

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    So, what exactly makes an English word unique?

    To explain this very simply, a unique word is one that&#;s unusual or different in some way. It might have a complicated history or interesting connections to another language.

    But, primarily what makes an English word interesting is its unusual spelling, pronunciation or meaning.

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    Because unique and unusual words are so interesting, they can be both good fun and challenging to learn.

    When you look at a unique English word, you may be puzzled about how to pronounce it, or you may wonder why it&#;s spelled the way it is.

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    1. Flummox (ˈflə-məks)

    When you read this word, does it jump out and make you a little confused?

    If so, you were right to be confused and puzzled! That&#;s exactly what flummox (verb) means.

    Whenever you see an unusual English word, you&#;re likely to be flummoxed for a bit until you check your dictionary and find out that its meaning is really quite simple.

    2. Dowdy (ˈdau̇-dē)

    This word looks simple but it&#;s unique in that it&#;s a pretty old word that&#;s not used often these days.

    Dowdy (adjective) is used to describe something that&#;s old and shabby, not modern or stylish.

    Maybe she&#;s having a bad day. I&#;ve never seen her wearing anything so dowdy before.

    3. Howdy

    This word rhymes with the previous word but means something completely different.

    Howdy is a casual greeting that is not commonly used, but can add some flavor to your English.

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    4. Nincompoop (ˈnin-kəm-ˌpüp)

    Here&#;s a word that not only looks funny but sounds funny too when you say it out loud. Try it!

    What&#;s even funnier is that nincompoop (noun) means a silly person and is sometimes used jokingly to refer to someone who is not very smart.

    My house is just down the road from the bus stop. I don&#;t understand how those nincompoops managed to lose their way.

    5. Muesli (ˈmyüs-lē)

    Notice the unusual spelling and pronunciation of this word, which came into use some 80 years ago, according to Merriam-Webster.

    Muesli (noun) is a cereal consisting of rolled oats, fruits and nuts. It&#;s a popular breakfast food in Switzerland.

    Eating a bowl of muesli in the morning is a healthy way to start your day.

    6. Phlegm (ˈflem)

    This word is unusual in that its spelling doesn&#;t reflect how it&#;s pronounced.

    Phlegm (noun) is the viscous (thick) fluid that blocks your nose and throat when you have the flu.

    Phlegm and a runny nose can really make you feel uncomfortable, so it&#;s best to take the day off and stay home till you feel better.

    7. Baloney (bə-ˈlō-nē)

    Do you know what this word means? Hint: It has nothing to do with balloons. According to Merriam-Webster, it was first used almost years ago.

    Baloney (noun) simply means nonsense and is often used when you disagree with someone.

    That&#;s baloney! Don&#;t believe a word of what he says!

    8. Myopic (mī-ˈō-pik)

    You may find this word unique because of its unusual spelling.

    Myopic (adjective) is the scientific word for nearsightedness, an eye condition in which you&#;re unable to see objects or images that are far away from you.

    I&#;m myopic. I really need my eyeglasses. I can&#;t see without them.

    9. Bamboozle (bam-ˈbü-zəl)

    According to Merriam-Webster, this word was first used around years ago. That&#;s really old! Any idea what it means? Hint: It has nothing to do with bamboo.

    To bamboozle (verb) someone means to trick or confuse them.

    I went to buy a TV that was on sale but ended up being bamboozled into buying a more expensive unit.

    Phyllo (ˈfē-(ˌ)lō)

    Now, this is a pretty unique word not only because of the way it&#;s spelled but also because of how it&#;s pronounced.

    Phyllo (noun) is a very thin dough that pastry chefs layer together to form a flaky pastry.

    The orange-pecan baklava pie I had yesterday was made with phyllo pastry. Yummy!

    Thwart (ˈthwȯrt)

    According to TheFreeDictionary, this word dates back to the 13th century. Indeed, its spelling is similar to how some old English words are spelled, and it&#;s unique because it&#;s still being used quite often today.

    To thwart (verb) means to ruin (spoil) someone&#;s efforts or to prevent a plan from becoming successful.

    We spent months preparing to climb Mount Everest. Who knew the weather would thwart our plans at the last minute?

    Brouhaha (ˈbrü-ˌhä-ˌhä)

    Now here&#;s an old-fashioned, informal word, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, with a funny pronunciation too. Are you laughing now? I bet you are. Ha-ha!

    Brouhaha (noun) simply means an uproar (upset) or a lot of anger and complaining.

    What&#;s with all that brouhaha? I think he did the right thing by resigning from his position.

    Zeal (ˈzēl)

    Words that begin with the letter &#;z&#; are always interesting. This one is also unique because, as Merriam-Webster tells us, it comes from Latin and Greek and was first used in the 14th century.

    Zeal (noun) refers to a strong interest or eagerness in pursuing something.

    Her zeal for handmade designer shoes and handbags has made her the talk of the town.

    Pneumatic (nu̇-ˈma-tik)

    Does this word look unusual to you? I believe it&#;s because of its spelling. It&#;s not common for the letter &#;p&#; to be followed by &#;n.&#;

    Pneumatic (adjective) is used to describe something that&#;s filled with air or gas or that uses air pressure.

    Can you think of an example of something that&#;s pneumatic? That&#;s right. Car tires, bicycle pumps and vacuum cleaners are all pneumatic.

    Noxious (ˈnäk-shəs)

    Words with the letter &#;x&#; are also quite interesting. Note the pronunciation of this word, as it&#;s not usually how you would pronounce the letter &#;x.&#;

    Noxious (adjective) often refers to something that&#;s dangerous, harmful or destructive to living things.

    You shouldn&#;t be standing behind that bus and breathing in all those noxious fumes. It&#;s bad for your health.

    Flimflam (ˈflim-ˌflam)

    Now here&#;s a cute and funny word that&#;s been around since the 16th century, according to Merriam-Webster. Can you guess its meaning?

    Flimflam (noun) refers to a trick or a ploy to deceive someone.

    If you&#;re going to buy a used car online, you must be able to separate the flimflam from the facts.


    So there you have it—a list of unique English words you can add to your vocabulary!

    I hope you&#;re no longer bamboozled and that you&#;re all set to practice using these words with zeal. Look for opportunities to use them as often as you can.

    Remember, practice makes perfect.

    So, go out there, have fun and impress everyone!

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    Frequently Asked Questions About unique

    How is the word unique distinct from other similar adjectives?

    Some common synonyms of unique are eccentric, erratic, odd, outlandish, peculiar, quaint, singular, and strange. While all these words mean "departing from what is ordinary, usual, or to be expected," unique implies singularity and the fact of being without a known parallel.

    a career unique in the annals of science

    When would eccentric be a good substitute for unique?

    While in some cases nearly identical to unique, eccentric suggests a wide divergence from the usual or normal especially in behavior.

    the eccentric eating habits of preschoolers

    When can erratic be used instead of unique?

    The meanings of erratic and unique largely overlap; however, erratic stresses a capricious and unpredictable wandering or deviating.

    a friend's suddenly erratic behavior

    Where would odd be a reasonable alternative to unique?

    The words odd and unique are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, odd applies to a departure from the regular or expected.

    an odd sense of humor

    When is it sensible to use outlandish instead of unique?

    In some situations, the words outlandish and unique are roughly equivalent. However, outlandish applies to what is uncouth, bizarre, or barbaric.

    outlandish fashions of the time

    When could peculiar be used to replace unique?

    The synonyms peculiar and unique are sometimes interchangeable, but peculiar implies a marked distinctiveness.

    the peculiar status of America's first lady

    When might quaint be a better fit than unique?

    Although the words quaint and unique have much in common, quaint suggests an old-fashioned but pleasant oddness.

    a quaint fishing village

    When is singular a more appropriate choice than unique?

    The words singular and unique can be used in similar contexts, but singular suggests individuality or puzzling strangeness.

    a singular feeling of impending disaster

    In what contexts can strange take the place of unique?

    While the synonyms strange and unique are close in meaning, strange stresses unfamiliarity and may apply to the foreign, the unnatural, the unaccountable.

    a journey filled with strange sights


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