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100 Funny Words in EnglishRobert Beard's The 100 Funniest Words in English contains the 100 funniest words in English 50 of which are listed below. There are easily 1000 funny words in English (maybe more depending on how you measure funniness) but we think this book contains the best selection based on his experience as a reader and writer over the past four decades.



Each word's definition, usage problems, and history are written up in the book, and each are accompanied by hilarious examples taken from the lives of such characters as Lucinda Head, Maud Lynn Dresser, Phil Anders, William Arami, and Marian Kine. Try some free pages below, then get the full treatment in the book, now on sale at this website.



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The list below tells you what the funniest words in English are; to learn them and how to weave them into your conversations, you'll need the book. Buy a copy today and get ready to roar with laughter over how we speak. To add The 100 Most Beautiful Words to your purchase, choose "Add to Cart" below, then click the book title here when you return.
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Here are the words, described as only 'Dr. Goodword' can describe them, that you will find in the book. The definitions below are not those in the book but much simpler ones. Click the first five for the first five actual entries in the book. Then get the other 95 (or so) at this site or at one of the bookstores above.

The 100 Funniest Words in English
Abibliophobia The fear of running out of reading material.
AbsquatulateTo leave or abscond with something.
AllegatorSome who alleges.
AnencephalousLacking a brain.
Argle-bargleA loud row or quarrel.
BatrachomyomachyMaking a mountain out of a molehill.
BillingsgateLoud, raucous profanity.
BloviateTo speak pompously or brag.
BlunderbussA gun with a flared muzzle or disorganized activity.
BorborygmA rumbling of the stomach.
BoustrophedonA back and forth pattern.
BowyangA strap that holds the pants legs in place.
BrouhahaAn uproar.
BumbershootAn umbrella.
CallipygianHaving an attractive rear end or nice buns.
CanoodleTo hug and kiss.
CantankerousTesty, grumpy.
CatercorneredDiagonal(ly).
CockalorumA small, haughty man.
CockamamieAbsurd, outlandish.
CodswallopNonsense, balderdash.
CollopA slice of meat or fold of flab.
CollywobblesButterflies in the stomach.
ComeuppanceJust reward, just deserts.
CrapulenceDiscomfort from eating or drinking too much.
CrudivoreAn eater of raw food.
DiscombobulateTo confuse.
DonnybrookAn melee, a riot.
DoozySomething really great.
DudgeonA bad mood, a huff.
EcdysiastAn exotic dancer, a stripper.
EructationA burp, belch.
FardFace-paint, makeup.
FartlekAn athletic training regime.
FatuousUnconsciously foolish.
FilibusterRefusal to give up the floor in a debate to prevent a vote.
FirkinA quarter barrel or small cask.
FlibbertigibbetNonsense, balderdash.
FlummoxTo exasperate.
FolderolNonsense.
FormicationThe sense of ants crawling on your skin.
Fuddy-duddyAn old-fashioned, mild-mannered person.
FurbelowA fringe or ruffle.
FurphyA portable water-container.
GaberlunzieA wandering beggar.
Gardyloo!A warning shouted before throwing water from above.
GastromancyTelling fortune from the rumblings of the stomach.
GazumpTo buy something already promised to someone else.
GobbledygookNonsense, balderdash.
GobemoucheA highly gullible person.
GodwotteryNonsense, balderdash.
GongoozleTo stare at, kibitz.
GonzoFar-out journalism.
GoombahAn older friend who protects you.
HemidemisemiquaverA musical timing of 1/64.
HobbledehoyAn awkward or ill-mannered young boy.
Hocus-pocusDeceitful sleight of hand.
HoosegowA jail or prison.
HootenannyA country or folk music get-together.
JackanapesA rapscallion, hooligan.
KerfuffleNonsense, balderdash.
KlutzAn awkward, stupid person.
La-di-daAn interjection indicating that something is pretentious.
LagopodousLike a rabbit's foot.
Lickety-splitAs fast as possible.
LickspittleA servile person, a toady.
LogorrheaLoquaciousness, talkativeness.
LollygagTo move slowly, fall behind.
MalarkeyNonsense, balderdash.
MaverickA loner, someone outside the box.
MollycoddleTo treat too leniently.
MugwumpAn independent politician who does not follow any party.
MumpsimusAn outdated and unreasonable position on an issue.
Namby-pambyWeak, with no backbone.
NincompoopA foolish person.
OocephalusAn egghead.
OrneryMean, nasty, grumpy.
PandiculationA full body stretch.
PanjandrumSomeone who thinks himself high and mighty.
PettifoggerA person who tries to befuddle others with his speech.
PratfallA fall on one's rear.
QueanA disreputable woman.
RambunctiousAggressive, hard to control.
RanivorousFrog-eating
RigmaroleNonsense, unnecessary complexity.
ShenaniganA prank, mischief.
SialoquentSpitting while speaking.
SkedaddleTo hurry somewhere.
SkullduggeryNo good, underhanded dealing.
SlangwhangerA loud abusive speaker or obnoxious writer.
SmellfungusA perpetual pessimist.
SnickersneeA long knife.
SnollygosterA person who can't be trusted.
SnoolA servile person.
TatterdemalionA child in rags.
TroglodyteSomeone or something that lives in a cave.
TurdiformHaving the form of a lark.
UnremacadamizedHaving not been repaved with macadam.
VomitoryAn exit or outlet.
WabbitExhausted, tired, worn out.
WiddershinsIn a contrary or counterclockwise direction.
YahooA rube, a country bumpkin.
@The "at" sign.
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