100 Funniest Words in English


English language is easy to learn, versatile, and definitely funny. Its advantages and uses have really gone to a greater perspective compared to other foreign languages. That is why Robert Beard wrote a book entitled “The 100 Funniest Words in English”.

As you notice, there are very long lists below, which obviously are the mentioned funniest words in English. These 100 words are not necessarily very funny to the people in general since funniness depends on the person himself. Beard thinks that these words are intuitively selected based on the measurements of humor written on his book.

Without any much-a-do, these are the 100 funniest words in English.

Let’s take these all one by one of each of the word is indeed very funny.

1. Abibliophobia – The fear of running out of reading material.

2. Absquatulate – To leave or abscond with something.

3. Allegator – Some who alleges.

4. Batrachomyomachy – Making a mountain out of a molehill.

5. Billingsgate – Loud, raucous profanity.

6. Bloviate – To speak pompously or brag.

7. Blunderbuss – A gun with a flared muzzle or disorganized activity.

8. Borborygm – A rumbling of the stomach.

9. Boustrophedon – A back and forth pattern.

10. Bowyang – A strap that holds the pants legs in place.

11. Brouhaha – An uproar.

12. Bumbershoot – An umbrella.

13. Callipygian – Having an attractive rear end or nice buns.

14. Canoodle – To hug and kiss.

15. Cantankerous – Testy, grumpy.

16. Catercornered – Diagonal(ly).

17. Cockalorum – A small, haughty man.

18. Cockamamie – Absurd, outlandish.

19. Codswallop – Nonsense, balderdash.

20. Collop – A slice of meat or fold of flab.

21. Collywobbles – Butterflies in the stomach.

22. Comeuppance – Just reward, just deserts.

23. Crapulence – Discomfort from eating or drinking too much.

24. Crudivore – An eater of raw food.

25. Discombobulate – To confuse.

26. Donnybrook – An melee, a riot.

27. Doozy – Something really great.

28. Dudgeon – A bad mood, a huff.

29. Ecdysiast – An exotic dancer, a stripper.

30. Eructation – A burp, belch.

31. Fard – Face-paint, makeup.

32. Fartlek – An athletic training regime.

33. Fatuous – Unconsciously foolish.

34. Filibuster – Refusal to give up the floor in a debate to prevent a vote.

35. Firkin – A quarter barrel or small cask.

36. Flibbertigibbet – Nonsense, balderdash.

37. Flummox – To exasperate.

38. Folderol – Nonsense.

39. Formication – The sense of ants crawling on your skin.

40. Fuddy-duddy – An old-fashioned, mild-mannered person.

41. Furbelow – A fringe or ruffle.

42. Furphy – A portable water-container.

43. Gaberlunzie A wandering beggar.

44. Gardyloo! – A warning shouted before throwing water from above.

45. Gastromancy – Telling fortune from the rumblings of the stomach.

46. Gazump – To buy something already promised to someone else.

47. Gobbledygook – Nonsense, balderdash.

48. Gobemouche – A highly gullible person.

49. Godwottery Nonsense, balderdash.

50. Gongoozle To stare at, kibitz.

51. Gonzo Far-out journalism.

52. Goombah – An older friend who protects you.

53. Hemidemisemiquaver – A musical timing of 1/64.

54. Hobbledehoy – An awkward or ill-mannered young boy.

55. Hocus-pocus – Deceitful sleight of hand.

56. Hoosegow – A jail or prison.

57. Hootenanny – A country or folk music get-together.

58. Jackanapes – A rapscallion, hooligan.

59. Kerfuffle – Nonsense, balderdash.

60. Klutz – An awkward, stupid person.

61. La-di-da – An interjection indicating that something is pretentious.

62. Lagopodous – Like a rabbit’s foot.

63. Lickety-split – As fast as possible.

64. Lickspittle A servile person, a toady.

65. Logorrhea – Loquaciousness, talkativeness.

66. Lollygag – To move slowly, fall behind.

67. Malarkey – Nonsense, balderdash.

68. Maverick – A loner, someone outside the box.

69. Mollycoddle To treat too leniently.

70. Mugwump – An independent politician who does not follow any party.

71. Mumpsimus – An outdated and unreasonable position on an issue.

72. Namby-pamby – Weak, with no backbone.

73. Nincompoop – A foolish person.

74. Oocephalus – An egghead.

75. Ornery – Mean, nasty, grumpy.

76. Pandiculation – A full body stretch.

77. Panjandrum – Someone who thinks himself high and mighty.

78. Pettifogger – A person who tries to befuddle others with his speech.

79. Pratfall – A fall on one’s rear.

80. Quean – A disreputable woman.

81. Rambunctious – Aggressive, hard to control.

82. Ranivorous – Frog-eating

83. Rigmarole – Nonsense, unnecessary complexity.

84. Shenanigan – A prank, mischief.

85. Sialoquent – Spitting while speaking.

86. Skedaddle – To hurry somewhere.

87. Skullduggery – No good, underhanded dealing.

88. Slangwhanger – A loud abusive speaker or obnoxious writer.

89. Smellfungus – A perpetual pessimist.

90. Snickersnee – A long knife.

91. Snollygoster – A person who can’t be trusted.

92. Snool – A servile person.

93. Tatterdemalion – A child in rags.

94. Troglodyte – Someone or something that lives in a cave.

95. Turdiform – Having the form of a lark.

96. Unremacadamized – Having not been repaved with macadam

97. Vomitory – An exit or outlet.

98. Wabbit – Exhausted, tired, worn out.

99. Widdershins – In a contrary or counterclockwise direction.

100. Yahoo – A rube, a country bumpkin.

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One thought on “100 Funniest Words in English

  1. They’d be a lot funnier if more than about 2% were in common use. What’s funny about a word that sits in a dictionary gathering dust?

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