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 200 of those words.

Check them out;

  • Abracadabra
  • Accoutrements
  • Adagio
  • Aficionado
  • Agita
  • Agog
  • Akimbo
  • Alfresco
  • Aloof
  • Amok
  • Anemone
  • Aplomb
  • Appaloosa
  • Apparatus
  • Archipelago
  • Atingle
  • Bailiwick
  • Bafflegab
  • Bamboozle
  • Befuddled
  • Bellwether
  • Bip
  • Blatherskite
  • Blubbering
  • Bonanza
  • Bonkers
  • Boondocks
  • Boondoggle
  • Borborygmus
  • Bozo
  • Braggadocio
  • Brouhaha
  • Buckaroo
  • Buffoon
  • Bugaboo
  • Bugbear
  • Bulbous
  • Bumbledom
  • Bumfuzzle
  • Cantankerous
  • Catamaran
  • Catastrophe
  • Caterwaul
  • Chimichanga
  • Chitchat
  • Cockatoo
  • Codswallop
  • Collywobbles
  • Concoction
  • Conundrum
  • Corkscrew
  • Cornucopia
  • Crackerjack
  • Crescendo
  • Cryptozoology
  • Denouement 
  • Dilemma
  • Dillydally
  • Discombobulated
  • Dodecahedron
  • Doldrums
  • Doppelganger
  • Dumbfounded
  • Dunderhead
  • Effervescence
  • Egads
  • Finagle
  • Fandango
  • Fiddle-footed
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Flabbergasted
  • Flapdoodle
  • Flibbertigibbet
  • Flophouse
  • Flotsam
  • Flummery
  • Flummoxed
  • Folderol
  • Fopdoodle
  • Fricassee
  • Frippery
  • Fussbudget
  • Gadzooks
  • Gallimaufry
  • Gargoyle
  • Gazpacho
  • Gewgaw
  • Globetrotter
  • Gobbledygook
  • Gobsmacked
  • Gorgonzola
  • Gossamer 
  • Guffaw
  • Haboob
  • Harumph
  • Heyday
  • Higgledy-piggledy
  • Hippocampus
  • Hobnobbed
  • Humdinger
  • Humdrum
  • Hunky-dory
  • Idiom
  • Idiosyncrasies
  • Impromptu
  • Incognito
  • Incredulous
  • Infinitesimal
  • Ironclad
  • Izzard
  • Jabberwocky
  • Jamboree
  • Jetsam
  • Jibber-jabber
  • Jubilee
  • Juggernaut
  • Juxtaposition
  • Kaput
  • Kerfuffle
  • Kerplunk
  • Kibosh
  • Knickerbocker
  • Kumquat
  • Lackadaisical
  • Lambasted
  • Lingo
  • Loggerhead
  • Lollapalooza
  • Lugubrious
  • Maelstrom
  • Malarkey
  • Manifesto
  • Mellifluous
  • Miffed
  • Milquetoast
  • Misanthrope
  • Mishmash
  • Mollycoddle 
  • Muckety-muck 
  • Mudpuppy
  • Mudslinger
  • Mulligatawny
  • Mumbo-jumbo
  • Noodge
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Oomph
  • Pandemonium
  • Pantaloons
  • Pell-mell
  • Piffle
  • Plethora
  • Pogo
  • Pseudonym
  • Pugnacious
  • Quibble
  • Quicksticks
  • Quiddle
  • Quizzity
  • Rabble-rouser
  • Razzle-dazzle
  • Razzmatazz
  • Resplendent
  • Rigmarole
  • Rumpus
  • Schluffy
  • Scuttlebutt
  • Shenanigans
  • Skullduggery
  • Snollygoster
  • Splendiferous
  • Squeegee
  • Squooshy
  • Stupefaction
  • Tidbit
  • Tintinnabulation
  • Topsy-turvy
  • Tumultuous
  • Typhoon
  • Ululation
  • Umlaut
  • Umpteen
  • Usurp
  • Verve
  • Virtuoso
  • Vivacious
  • Whoop
  • Widget
  • Wigwam
  • Willy-nilly
  • Wonky
  • Woozy
  • Wordsmith
  • Wunderkind
  • Xylophone
  • Yellow-belly
  • zenzizenzizenzic
  • Zeppelin
  • Zesty
  • Ziggurat
  • 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.

Categories: Celebrations

1 reply

  1. I love these ‘off the chart’ words. Every writer should have the list posted on their ‘fridge’. Using one word a day, by Springtime, your vocabulary will ‘dumbfound’ your friends. It’s a good thing that I don’t have: ‘hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia’,
    (hippo poto mon stroses quippe dalio phobia) – ‘fear of long words’! Thanks for the Writer’s Word Bank of ‘razzle-dazzle” words.

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