25 Unique English Words You Should Add To Your Vocabulary

Posted by , Updated on November 15, 2023

There are many reasons one might wish to expand their English vocabulary: Impressing someone on a first date or interview, finally beating your mom at scrabble, expanding your understanding of a second language, finding new PG-rated insults, or simply because English is fun.

Much like American culture, the English language has become a mix of words from many different languages and cultures over the centuries and has eight different dialects spoken in North America alone.

In addition to that, new words – such as glamping (noun: a mix of glamorous and camping, where you camp with air conditioning and other luxuries) – are evolving all the time and being added to the dictionary.

If you are one who wishes to add to your mental word bank, for whatever reason, here are 25 words that can be worked into your daily vocabulary with only a little bit of effort. Here are 25 Unique English Words You Should Add To Your Vocabulary.


Source: aschmann.net; oxforddictionaries.com


Corpulent: Adjective meaning fat

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Skulduggery: Noun meaning dishonest or underhanded behavior or activity.

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Impavid: Adjective meaning fearless.

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Limerence: Noun mean the euphoric feeling of being in love and desiring to have those feelings reciprocated.

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Licentiousness: Adjective meaning a disregard for morals or legality.

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Luddite: Noun meaning one who is reluctant about new technology or change.

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Eschew: Verb meaning to purposely avoid something, usually on moral grounds.

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Ubiquitous: Adjective used to describe something that seems to be everywhere. Can be used to describe feelings, pop culture, or physical things.

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Vapid: Adjective meaning dull or uninteresting. Often used to refer to someone in an insulting manner.

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Loquacious: adjective meaning extremely and easily talkative.

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Parlance: Noun meaning speech used by a specific group of people (often related to a job or hobby) or time period, much like slang but more formal.

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Looking for other ways to improve your vocabulary? Take a look at 25 Super Cool Idioms You Should Use All The Time.


Bescumber: Verb meaning to throw dung at.

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Foofaraw: Noun meaning a big deal made over a small thing, or needless frills.

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Pogonotrophy: Noun meaning the act of purposefully growing and grooming a beard or mustache.

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Fanfaronade: Noun meaning boasting, empty bragging; A fancy way to say trash talk.

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Nefarious: Adjective meaning wicked or underhanded, usually referring to plans or actions.

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Draconian: Adjective meaning severe and harsh, usually used in reference to rules or laws.

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Ineffable: Adjective meaning too great or overwhelming to be expressed in words.

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Vexed: Adjective meaning irritated or annoyed; sometimes meaning an internal debate.

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Vehement: Adjective meaning very emotional or passionate.

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Soliloquy: Noun meaning the words said when talking to one's self, whether alone or not. Often used in theater when a character is sharing thoughts out loud.

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Catawampus: Adjective meaning out of order, askew or diagonal.

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Hypergamy: Noun meaning the practice of marrying into a higher social or economic class than you were raised in.

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Cacophony: Noun meaning a discordant, disturbing combination of sounds.

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Serendipity: Noun meaning finding something pleasant that you were not looking for; a fortunate happenstance.

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