It’s Dictionary Day!

Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster. He is considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758, so that’s why we celebrate Dictionary Day on this date.

Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish it! In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it also contained uniquely American words.

Let’s celebrate Dictionary Day by learning some new words.

Did you know the English language has over 171,000 words?

Here are just 201 of those words.

Check them out;

  1. abracadabra
  2. accoutrements
  3. adagio
  4. Aficionado
  5. Agita
  6. Agog
  7. Akimbo
  8. Alfresco
  9. Aloof
  10. Amok
  11. Anemone
  12. Aplomb
  13. Appaloosa
  14. Apparatus
  15. Archipelago
  16. Atingle
  17. Bailiwick
  18. Bafflegab
  19. Bamboozle
  20. Befuddled
  21. Bellwether
  22. Bip
  23. Blatherskite
  24. Blubbering
  25. Bonanza
  26. Bonkers
  27. Boondocks
  28. Boondoggle
  29. Borborygmus
  30. Bozo
  31. Braggadocio
  32. Brouhaha
  33. Buckaroo
  34. Buffoon
  35. Bugaboo
  36. Bugbear
  37. Bulbous
  38. Bumbledom
  39. Bumfuzzle
  40. Cantankerous
  41. Catamaran
  42. Catastrophe
  43. Caterwaul
  44. Chimichanga
  45. Chitchat
  46. Cockatoo
  47. Codswallop
  48. Collywobbles
  49. Concoction
  50. Conundrum
  51. Corkscrew
  52. Cornucopia
  53. Crackerjack
  54. Crescendo
  55. Cryptozoology
  56. Denouement dictionary
  57. Dilemma
  58. Dillydally
  59. Discombobulated
  60. Dodecahedron
  61. Doldrums
  62. Doppelganger
  63. Dumbfounded
  64. Dunderhead
  65. Effervescence
  66. Egads
  67. Finagle
  68. Fandango
  69. Fiddle-footed
  70. Fiddlesticks
  71. Flabbergasted
  72. Flapdoodle
  73. Flibbertigibbet
  74. Flophouse
  75. Flotsam
  76. Flummery
  77. Flummoxed
  78. Folderol
  79. Fopdoodle
  80. Fricassee
  81. Frippery
  82. Fussbudget
  83. Gadzooks
  84. Gallimaufry
  85. Gargoyle
  86. Gazpacho
  87. Gewgaw
  88. Globetrotter
  89. Gobbledygook
  90. Gobsmacked
  91. Gorgonzola
  92. Gossamer 1_bWkq8BoeR3M07gsn9xPwew
  93. Guffaw
  94. Haboob
  95. Harumph
  96. Heyday
  97. Higgledy-piggledy
  98. Hippocampus
  99. Hobnobbed
  100. Humdinger
  101. Humdrum
  102. Hunky-dory
  103. Idiom
  104. Idiosyncrasies
  105. Impromptu
  106. Incognito
  107. Incredulous
  108. Infinitesimal
  109. Ironclad
  110. Izzard
  111. Jabberwocky
  112. Jamboree
  113. Jargogle
  114. Jetsam
  115. Jibber-jabber
  116. Jubilee
  117. Juggernaut
  118. Juxtaposition
  119. Kaput
  120. Kerfuffle
  121. Kerplunk
  122. Kibosh
  123. Knickerbocker
  124. Kumquat
  125. Lackadaisical
  126. Lambasted
  127. Lingo
  128. Loggerhead
  129. Lollapalooza
  130. Lugubrious
  131. Maelstrom
  132. Malarkey
  133. Manifesto
  134. Mellifluous
  135. Miffed
  136. Milquetoast
  137. Misanthrope
  138. Mishmash
  139. Mollycoddle 
  140. Mnemonic
  141. Muckety-muck ipanews_a5b36655-afb2-4d5a-b4e2-fedfbd38de89_1
  142. Mudpuppy
  143. Mudslinger
  144. Mulligatawny
  145. Mumbo-jumbo
  146. Noodge
  147. Onomatopoeia
  148. Oomph
  149. Pandemonium
  150. Pantaloons
  151. Pell-mell
  152. Piffle
  153. Plethora
  154. Pogo
  155. Pseudonym
  156. Pugnacious
  157. Quibble
  158. Quicksticks
  159. Quiddle
  160. Quizzity
  161. Rabble-rouser
  162. Razzle-dazzle
  163. Razzmatazz
  164. Resplendent
  165. Rigmarole
  166. Rumpus
  167. Schluffy
  168. Scuttlebutt
  169. Shenanigans
  170. Skullduggery
  171. Snollygoster
  172. Splendiferous
  173. Squeegee
  174. Squooshy
  175. Stupefaction
  176. Tidbit
  177. Tintinnabulation
  178. Topsy-turvy
  179. Tumultuous
  180. Typhoon
  181. Ululation
  182. Umlaut
  183. Umpteendownload
  184. Usurp
  185. Verve
  186. Virtuoso
  187. Vivacious
  188. Whoop
  189. Widget
  190. Wigwam
  191. Willy-nilly
  192. Wonky
  193. Woozy
  194. Wordsmith
  195. Wunderkind
  196. Xylophone
  197. Yellow-belly
  198. zenzizenzizenzic
  199. Zeppelin
  200. Ziggurat
  201. zydeco

How many of these “wonder words” do you know the meaning of? Look up the ones you don’t and try to use them in a sentence in honor of this special day.

Did you find a cool new word? Which one was it? Tell us in the comments section.

 

 

 

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