The Funniest Words in English

The Funniest Words in English

There are more than 1 million words in the English language ranging from the ordinary to the downright bizarre.  There are many weird, wonderful (and funny!) words in the English language.  Here are just a few of my favourites, but I would love to hear yours.  Please leave a comment if you have a funny English word to share.

Doodle Sack – an old English word meaning bagpipe

Bumbershoot – a colloquial term for umbrella (probably originating from an alteration of the words umbrella and parachute).

Canoodle – To hug and kiss

Squeegee – A device with a rubber edge used to clean water from windows.

Hoity-toity – Pretentiously self-important or pompous.

Codswallop – Another word for nonsense.

Collywobbles – A feeling of fear or apprehension characterized by uneasiness in the stomach.

Scuttlebutt – a term meaning rumour or gossip.

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

Lickety-split – As fast as possible.

Winklepicker – A style of shoe or boot worn in the 1950s onward by both male and female British rock and roll fans.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hugh Knight
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 15:27:53

    Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar ? These are mainly the latter. Inherent ambiguity of English ?


    • English with Jo
      Jan 13, 2011 @ 16:09:53

      Any category of funny word is fine! My personal favourites are the ones that sound funny / peculiar. But there are also the words that are funny because they don’t make any sense, for example ‘quicksand’ works very slowly, a ‘guinea pig’ is not from Guinea and is not a pig! etc…


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