Logolatry Archive

  • allicient that which attracts

  • agroof face-downward

  • auriga a bandage for the sides of the body

  • bangy a shoulder yoke used for carrying hanging baskets

  • canoodle to snuggle and kiss

  • carkled slightly stiff

  • conycatch to trick or cheat

  • corf a large basket used to haul coal inside mines

  • crang the carcass of a dead whale after the blubber has been removed

  • crepundian one who talks on and on, saying little

  • crozzle to burn to a cinder

  • cryptonym a private or secret name

  • curricle a light horse-draw carriage

  • daggletail a filthy person

  • dandiprat an urchin; a young unimportant person

  • deasil and widdershins clockwise and counterclockwise

  • donnicker a toilet

  • draffish worthless

  • dringle to waste time

  • ecphoneme the mark used at the end of an exclamation

  • epact the age of the calendar moon on January 1

  • eroteme the mark used at the end of a question; a question mark

  • etui a small, ornamental case that contained tiny implements, such as snuff spoons

  • geck to mock or deride

  • gizzen to become leaky due to lack of moisture, as a barral

  • grumous lumpy

  • figgum a juggler's trick

  • firkin a small wooden bucket or container

  • flummery a dessert made from fruit

  • forswonk overworked

  • fuffy light and puffy

  • funambulate to walk on a rope

  • gongoozler an idle person who gapes or stares for a long time

  • hackly fracture a type of crack in a mineral formation

  • handsel a New Year's gift

  • henk ink

  • horny-hootlet a long-eared owl

  • howgy gigantic; huge

  • hugsome someone you want to cuddle

  • interferometer a tool that measures by means of the interference of waves (sound, radio,light)

  • jemmy a baked sheep's head

  • joyfness youth

  • kelk to beat sundly

  • kerfuffle a fuss or disturbance

  • kicksy-wicksy restless

  • leporine rabbitlike or harelike

  • loof the palm of the hand

  • losel a wasteful person

  • lunation the time between successive new moons

  • lusk lazy

  • majuscular a large letter, such as a capital letter

  • mascled covered with lozenge-shaped scales

  • mumsimus a prejudice

  • nidor a strong unpleasant smell

  • orts tiny bits left over after a meal

  • pachypad having heavy or thick feet

  • perpession suffering, endurance

  • phthisis chronic wasting away; tuberculosis

  • pingo an Arctic bump; soil-covered ice in ground over permafrost

  • pipkin small pan for warming brandy

  • plectrum a pick used on a stringed instrument

  • purfle (verb; noun), to decorate the edge or border; a decoration at the border

  • pyx small box for carrying the sacrament to ill people

  • quoz an absurd person

  • reposurea state of rest

  • rutabaga a turnip-like vegetable

  • scranch to chew loudly

  • seely lucky

  • shabto play mean tricks

  • shail to walk sideways

  • skegger a little salmon

  • skringe to press violently

  • smatchet "A small and contemptible person...an evil runt, a malefic twerp, or a nasty brat." (Dimboxes)

  • smellfeast one who can always find a good table to eat at

  • snickersnee a large knife

  • snollygoster an unethical politician or lawyer

  • snudge a miser or a sneak

  • sparklet a very very small spark

  • stirious looking like icicles

  • tentigo insane lasciviousness

  • tiqueur a person with a tic

  • treen small wooden objects, usually antiques

  • ucalegon a neighbor whose house is on fire.

  • ullage how much it would take to make a barrelfull

  • ventosity flatulence

  • wamble nausea

  • wareless not cautious

  • werm to corrupt

  • whinock the small pig of a litter

  • wowser a puritannical person

  • zoutch to stew, especially flouders or eels


An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (S. Converse, NY: 1828)
A Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (G & C Merriam, 1872)
A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles edited by James A. H. Murray (Oxford, 1884-1933)
An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (Donohue & Henneberry, 1892)
The Century Dictionary(The Century Company, NY: 1902)
Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language, (G & C Merriam Company, 1929)
Dictionary of American Slang, (Thomas Y. Crowell, 1960)
The Grand Panjandrum by J. N. Hook. (Macmillan, 1980)
Dimboxes, Epopts, and Other Quidams by David Grambs, (Workman, 1986)
Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition, (Simon and Schuster, 1991)
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, (Houghton Mifflin, 1992)
Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, (Merriam-Webster,1993)
Idiom Savant, by Jerry Dunn (Henry Holt, 1997)
Ultimate Visual Dictionary, (DK Publishing, 1998)