25 Original Word Meanings That Will Surprise You

It is hard to imagine that a word like “awful” once met something closer to “awesome” than “terrible,” but if you think about it and break it down, it kind of makes sense – awe/full or in other words “full of awe.” These are 25 original word meanings that will surprise you!

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25

Manufacture

blacksmithSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – to mass produce with machinery

Original meaning – create by hand

24

Doom

gavelSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – an unhappy destiny

Original meaning – a law or ordinance

23

Last

mountainSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – final

Original meaning – highest

22

Protest

declarationSource: wiktionary, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life + 100 yrs)

Current meaning – show disapproval

Original meaning – make a solemn declaration

 

21

Hilarity

joySource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Current meaning – boisterous merriment

Original meaning – calm joy

20

Bully

20Source: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Current meaning – a person who is habitually cruel to others

Original meaning – a fine chap

19

Radical

basicSource: wiktionary, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: threshold of originality not met)

Current meaning – very different from the usual

Original meaning – fundamental

18

Pretty

ninjaSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – attractive

Original meaning – sneaky

17

Guy

scary clownSource: wiktionary, Image: www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

Current meaning – a man

Original meaning – a person of grotesque appearance

16

Brave

showySource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Current meaning – having courage

Original meaning – showy

15

Egregious

thumbs upSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – really bad

Original meaning – really good

 

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14

Nervous

strongSource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com

Current meaning – anxious

Original meaning – strong

13

Pedant

teacherSource: wiktionary, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Current meaning – someone who shows off their knowledge

Original meaning – a male schoolteacher

12

Garble

siftSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – to alter or distort

Original meaning – to sift

11

Evil

conceitedSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – morally reprehensible

Original meaning – uppity

10

Awful

awesomeSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – terrible

Original meaning – amazing (awe/full)

9

Nice

foolishSource: wiktionary

Current meanning – kind

Original meaning – foolish

8

Sad

smileSource: wiktionary, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: ineligible for copyright)

Current meaning – affected by grief

Original meaning – content

7

Artificial

new skillsSource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Current meaning – contrived

Original meaning – skillful

6

Facetious

good mannersSource: wiktionary

Current meaning – inappropriately joking

Original meaning – well mannered

5

Nuisance

explosionSource: wiktionary, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Current meaning – annoying or unpleasant

Original meaning – injurious or harmful

4

Sophisticated

totally unnaturalSource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Current meaning – very complicated

Original meaning – unnatural

3

Stupid

wowSource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Current meaning – slow of mind

Original meaning – amazed

2

Passenger

hikerSource: wiktionary, Image: www.pexels.com (public domain)

Current meaning – a traveler in a vehicle

Original meaning – someone traveling by foot

 

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