List of words

So I compiled a list of interesting words from the last 400 books that I’ve read in the last 800 days. 260 great words with their definition.


Spindly (weak in construction)

Saccharine (excessively sweet or sentimental)

Skewered (fasten together)

Umpteenth  (something happens on multiple occasion)

Belatedly (later than it should have been the case)

Primping (spending hours in front of the mirror re-adjusting hair or make-up)

Soliloquy (speaking one’s thought no matter if there is an audience) 

Hortatory (aiming to exhort) 

Erudition (the quality of having great knowledge)

Fontanel (a space between the bones of the skull in an infant or fetus, where ossification is not complete and the sutures not fully formed. The main one is between the frontal and parietal bones.)

Lampoon (publicly criticize someone by using ridicule) 

Kingpin (a person necessary to the success of something)

Staunch (stalwart or STOPPING something to happen)

Writhing (make twisting)

Euchre (deceive or tricked)

Grudgingly  (reluctant)

Cognate  (having the same linguistic derivation)

zaniness (amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic)

Peculiar (different, unique)

Nascent (emergent)

Teetering (move or balance unsteadily)



Cruder (unprocessed, raw)

Corral (gather together and confine)

Revelry (party, noisy festivities

Wheezy (noise or funny scheme (UK))

Heaved (lift something with a great effort)

Lurched (stagger, stumble)






Jived (dance or deceitful or worthless)

Squirmed (wriggle or twist)

Anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure)

Steely (coldly determinted)

Congealing (become semi-solid)


Fitful (sporadic)

Hovered (remain on one place over the air)

Offing (the more distant part of the sea)

Jangling (clank, metallic sound)





Quixotic (extremely idealistic)

Inchoate (just begun and not so fully formed. Rudimentary)

Hues of madness

Litany (a tedious recital or repetitive series.)

Sequitur (A non sequitur is a conclusion or reply that doesn't follow logically from the previous statement)

Warily  (cautiously)

Addled (unable to think clearly)

Obdurate (stubbornly refusing to change opinion)

Bromide (a trite statement that is intended to soothe or placate)

Placate (make someone less angry or hostile)

Trite  (dull on an account of overuse)

Harried (harassed)

Fretting (be visibly anxious)

Kibitzing (speak informally, chat)

Unrequited (love not return to)

Bereaved (be deprived of the friendship of someone because of their death)

Manacle (shackle)

Surety (guarantor, sponsor)

Bleary (of the eyes…dull..tired

Wispy (fine, feathered)

Teak (hard durable timber used in shipbuilding and for making furniture.)


Bade (utter farewell to)

Wily (skilled at gaining advantage)

Larceny (theft of personal property)

Cashiered (dismiss of someone from the armed force)

Calamitously (involving calamity)

Esteem (respect and admiration, typically for a person.)

Carry these things

Wring (squeeze and twist to extract liquid from it)

Blighted (a plant disease)

Heap (an untidy pile of object piled up on each other)

Slag   (stony waste matter separated from metals during the smelting or refining of ore.

Slander (he action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.)

Untutored (not formally taught or trained.)

Pogrom (aka genocide)

Sloth (reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness.)

Cunning (trick someone by showing skill to deceive)

Coercion (the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.)






Phobiac (one who fears or hates,)

Stymied (hinder the progress of)

Pall (a  dark cloud or covering of smoke, dust, or similar matter.)

Riddle (a question or statement intentionally phrased so as to require ingenuity in ascertaining its answer or meaning, typically presented as a game.)

Emboldening (give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something or to behave in a certain way.)

Sanctify (set apart as or declare holy; consecrate, free from sin; purify.)

Grapple (with destiny)

Beggared (reduce (someone) to poverty.)

Soothe (gently calm (a person or their feelings).)

Heirs (a person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person's death.)

Stinginess (mean, ungenerous) 

Eschewed (deliberately avoid using; abstain from.)

Raucous (making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.)

Bristle (a short stiff hair, typically one of those on an animal's skin, a man's face, or a plant.)


Sway (move or cause to move slowly or rhythmically backward and forward or from side to side.)

Harbinger (a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.)

Akin (of similar character)

Borne (carried or transported by.)

Centripetal (moving or tending to move toward a center.)

Concomitant (naturally accompanying 

Zeitgeist (defining mood of an era)

Poverty of options

Shimmering up out of the pool

Withering (intended to make someone feel mortified or humiliated.)

Harrowing (acutely distressing.)

Ashen (of the pale gray color of ash.)

Gaunt ((of a person) lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age.)

Enthroning (install (a monarch) on a throne, especially during a ceremony to mark the beginning of their rule.)

Despondent (in low spirits from loss of hope or courage.)

Iatrogenic (relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment.)

Balked (hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking.)

Dicta (a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source.)

Proffers (refuse something like a glass of wine)

Satchel (a bag carried on the shoulder by a long strap and typically closed by a flap.)

Rancor (bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing.)

Roil (make (a liquid) turbid or muddy by disturbing the sediment.)

Polestar (a thing or principle that guides or attracts people.)

Chimera (a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.)

Whorls (spiral…pattern)

Lopes (run or move with a long bounding stride.)

Hapless ((especially of a person) unfortunate.)

Bequeathed (leave (a personal estate or one's body) to a person or other beneficiary by a will.)

Simulacrum (an image or representation of someone or something.)

Stance (the way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted (as in baseball, golf, and other sports); a person's posture.)

Ahhorrent (inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant.)

Vaunted (boast about or praise (something), especially excessively.)

Acquitted (free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty.)

Blight (a plant disease, especially one caused by fungi such as mildews, rusts, and smuts.)

Indulge (allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.)

Succinctly (in a brief and clearly expressed manner.)

Terse (sparing in the use of words; abrupt.)

Niggardly (ungenerous with time and money)

Grope (feel about or search blindly or uncertainly with the hands.)

Cowering (crouch down with fear)

Slab-sided (having flat sides also : being tall or long and lank.)

Scrofulous ( Figuratively, morally contaminated and corrupt.)

Shanties (a small, crudely built shack.)

Eking (make something last longer because of rationing

Quell (put an end to rebel by use of force)

Cufflinks (a device for fastening together the sides of a shirt cuff, often decorative.)

Hearsay (information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor.)

Doggedly (in a manner that shows tenacity and grim persistence.


Wistfully (with a feeling of vague or regretful longing.)

Forlorn (pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely.)

Undulating (move with a smooth wavelike motion.)

Soliloquize (f you make a speech to yourself in your bathroom mirror, you soliloquize. Tosoliloquize is to talk at length to yourself.)

Maw (the jaws or throat of a voracious animal.)

Heralded (be a sign that (something) is about to happen.)

Zany (amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic.)

Mirth (giggle)

Unkempt (having an untidy appearance, dishevelled)

Taciturnity (Someone who is taciturn is reserved, not loud and talkative. The word itself refers to the trait of reticence, of seeming aloof and uncommunicative. )

Untrammelled (not deprived of action or thoughts)

Somber (dark in colour)

Bulwark (defensive wall)

Denizen (an inhabitant or occupant of a particular place.)

Nemesis (the inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall.)

Babble (talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way.)

Suffuse (gradually spread through or over.)

Startlingly (in a very surprising, astonishing, or remarkable way.)

Dwarf (cause to seem small or insignificant in comparison.)

Hue less

Leaden (dull, heavy, or slow.)

Achromatic (relating to, employing, or denoting lenses that transmit light without separating it into constituent colors.)

Convoluted (especially of an argument, story, or sentence) extremely complex and difficult to follow.)


Intently  (with earnest and eager attention.)

Yearling (having lived or existed for a year; a year old)

Ovipositor (a tubular organ through which a female insect or fish deposits eggs.)

Throbbing (beat or sound with a strong, regular rhythm; pulsate steadily.)

Guffaws (a loud and hearty laugh)

Pandemonium (wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar.)

Zaniness ( a slavish follower : toady. 3a : one who acts the buffoon to amuse others.)

Tusked (an elongated greatly enlarged tooth (as of an elephant or walrus) that projects when the mouth is closed and serves especially for digging food or as a weapon broadly : a long protruding tooth.)

Prissy  (fussily and excessively respectable.)

Inimical (tending to obstruct or harm.)

Succour (assistance in time of hardship)

Dirge (a lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite.)

Prowess (skill or expertise in a particular activity or field.)

Contrite (feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt.)

Vehemence (the display of strong feeling; passion.)

Chide (o express disapproval of; scold; reproach)

Scolded (remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily.


Sulkily (Sulkily is defined as something done in a pouty way or in a manner that shows unhappiness. If)

Fumbles (use the hands clumsily while doing or handling something)

Sinew (a piece of tough fibrous tissue uniting muscle to bone or bone to bone; a tendon or ligament.)

Slithering (move smoothly over a surface with a twisting or oscillating motion.)

Foreleg (either of the front legs of a four-footed animal.)

Scurrilous (making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation.)


Primeval ((of feelings or actions) based on primitive instinct; raw and elementary.)

Ostracism (exclusion from a society or group.)

Anathema (something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.)

Brille (The brille (also called the ocular scale, eye cap or spectacle) is the layer of transparent, immovable disc-shaped skin or scale covering the eyes of some animals for protection, especially in animals without eyelids.)

Deftly (in a way that is neatly skillful and quick in movement.

Slanderous (of a spoken statement) false and malicious.)

Harboured (keep (a thought or feeling, typically a negative one) in one's mind, especially secretly.)

Feted (honor or entertain (someone) lavishly.)

Heathen (a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.)

Jettisoned (throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship.)

Heed (pay attention to; take notice of.)


Lugubrious (looking or sounding sad and dismal.)

Boisterous (noisy, energetic)


Isthmus (a narrow strip of land with sea on either side, forming a link between two larger areas of land.)

Scrawny ((of a person or animal) unattractively thin and bony.)

War of attrition

Soporific (tending to induce drowsiness or sleep.)

Vindictive (having or showing a strong or unreasoning desire for revenge.)

Scuttled (run hurriedly with small steps)

Eddying (of water, air, or smoke) move in a circular way.)

Gaudy (extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless.)

Scud (move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind.)

Dunnage (a person's belongings, especially those brought on board ship.)

Scud (move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind.)

Wanton ((of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked.)

Propounded (put forward (an idea, theory, or point of view) for consideration by others.)

Chivvying (tell (someone) repeatedly to do something.)

Inimical (tending to obstruct or harm.)

Acrimonious: angry and bitter.

Sycophants (a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage.)

Loquacious (tending to talk a great deal; talkative.)

Wizened (shriveled or wrinkled with age.)

Betoken (be a sign of; indicate.)

Stentorian (a person loud and powerful)

Stupendous (extremely impressive.)

Scrabble (an act of scratching or scrambling for something.)

Denizen (an inhabitant or occupant of a particular place.)

Belch (emit gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth.)

Quandary (a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.)

Queerest (trange; odd.)

Gingerly (in a careful or cautious manner.)

Leery (cautious or wary due to realistic suspicions.)

Doleful (expressing sorrow; mournful.)

Mettle (a person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.)

Baleful (threatening harm; menacing.)

Winnowed (low a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff.)