15 Weirdest English Words & Meanings of Them

by Weirdo | Last Updated: March 15, 2021

Word lovers and scrabble players frequently look for and celebrate the weirdest English words that challenge themselves to include those odd terms into their daily discourse.


Fifteen of these strange terms are explained; challenge yourself this week to use any of them to talk to your friends and teachers about their reactions.

1. Bumfuzzle

This is a simple term that refers to misunderstanding, confusion or confusion. You may have heard this phrase used by your grandma or grandpa, particularly from the East Coast and the Mason-Dixon Line. This one among the weirdest words is derived from Old English.

2. Cattywampus

That’s a word you’re going to find in the Midland and the South. It’s about something in disarray, something in disarray, or something not exactly opposite. For instance, the library might have a post office. In reality, the words catty horner and kitty-corner or catawampus may be known to you.

3. Gardyloo 

This is originally a Scottish term and one of the weirdest words in the dictionary. This is what people in Edinburgh have shouted from their windows as a warning, before their sloping buckets being dumped out of their windows. They gave everyone around at least a little warning!

4. Taradiddle

This is a term that refers to someone or something full of pretentious absurdity or something that is a lie. The classical fishing story of how large the fish he caught was is a good example of this. The fisherman normally lies or exaggerates about the fish, particularly when he (or she) did not maintain the fish.

5. Snickersnee

Although this word sounds amusing or probably adorable, it is a long, dangerous knife. It was used for the first time in the 1700s in the context of cut-and-thrust warfare and is still used sometimes when referring to the knife.

6. Widdershins

Another way to suggest that something moves in the opposite direction, or that something moves in the wrong direction. It’s a little more interesting way to tell you the other way around and probably one of your grandparents or grandparents is something you heard about.

In many poems and recently published books many people still use it.

7. Collywobbles

This means that your stomach has a strange sensation or a general belly pain. It comes from the Latin word cholera morbus, which means the disease we all know as cholera has come into being.

Many people still use this word particularly for older people, and the context is pretty dark! Some do not understand the dark history just as many do not know the source of “the Ring around the rosy.”

8. Gubbins 

This is an entity of little to no meaning and refers to a computer or gadget. It may also be used to identify a stupid person as it refers to oddities and ends or scrapes.

We don’t know about you, but it seems odd that a term of little to no meaning often applies to a stupid person.

9. Abibliophobia 

This is now a phrase describing several people perfectly and you may be one! This applies to someone scared of reading stuff. We suspect that, if you go to the next Barnes & Noble or local bookshop, this word will probably start describing you.

10. Bumbershoot

This is a friendly term most people are familiar with. This refers to an umbrella and we have read about it in many Disney films or books. It’s fun to take your parasol and say with a fun voice, “I believe I need my bumbershoot today!”

 11. Lollygag

It has an uncertain root but first appeared approximately in 1868. A person who messes around or wastes time is called the concept of “lollygag.” It also means someone who does something not seriously or usefully. This may be a good word for “I’m just lollygagging” as I go to it. 

12. Flibbertigibbet 

Here is another fun word! This is another fun word! This means someone who is stupid and who is always talking.

This term was first used in the 1500s and was pronounced fleperprayer. The term “flight” also refers to a fugitive.

13. Bamboozled

In particular by being intentionally tricked or misled into a state of misunderstanding or disarray. One title, Spike Lee’s film, a game showing “Friends” Joey’s hearings, and it’s an app game – he’s made the rounds.

The meaning of this term, including Urban Dictionary, seems to agree with most of us. It describes it as fooled or tricked. Bamboozle (verb) first appeared in 1703, according to Merriam-Webster.

14. Cattywampus

This, one of the weirdest phrases in English means askew; askew; tedious; diagonally placed. Cattywampus derives from catawampus, sometime between 1830 and 1840, according to Dictionary.com. It is derived from the prefix cata, which means diagonally and possibly wampus, which is said to be related to wampish.

15. Flabbergast

It means overcoming with surprise and confusion; astonishing. The roots of this word are not very well known, but Dictionary.com claims it is from 1765–75. It’s definitely one of the weirdest words of English in dictionary.