Language is constantly evolving. New words are added to the English language every year. Most of these come from slang and pop culture. Some even come from famous authors. Either way, some of these words have made it into Webster’s Dictionary to become official words. Here is everything you need to know about made up words, their definitions, and where they originated:
What are made up words called?
When two words are blended to create a new word, they are called portmanteau words. Some examples are brunch, which combines breakfast and lunch, or guesstimate, which is a combination of guess and estimate. Made up words can also be referred to as neologism. This term can refer to an already established word, which has recently gained a new meaning, as well.
Funny Made Up Words In The English Language
You don’t have to search any further for hilarious words to add to your vocabulary! The words below aren’t real, but they are creative. Feel free to say them the next time you’re deep in conversation with someone else!
This happens when you’re trying to figure out who’s most to blame when a problem arises.
This is a combination of car and aroma. It means something smells in the car.
This is someone who pays more attention to their phone than the people in the room with them.
This is when you pile all your clothing on a random chair instead of hanging everything up.
This is when your chip bag contains more air than chips.
This is when two men end a friendship.
This is a boring dilemma, like when you’re stuck between two mundane choices.
This is when you have an epiphany that isn’t all that great.
This is someone who is repeatedly wrong.
This is when you know you have flaws but still think you’re awesome.
This is when someone gives you a halfhearted, fake apology.
This is when you create a nest of blankets for yourself while browsing the internet.
This is when you take a detox from obsessing over yourself.
This is the type of person who is only attracted to themselves.
This is when someone rambles about a passion no one else in the room shares.
This is a pointless conversation that goes nowhere.
This is when you have regret over something you didn’t even do yet.
This is a pretentious preteen.
This is when you make a sacrifice that really sucks.
This is when you’re anticipating an important text or note.
This is when you send multiple texts in a row, extremely quickly.
This is when you learn something that makes you feel even dumber.
The Best Famous Made Up Words
There are writers who have invented brand new words in their novels, scripts, and poems. Here are some famous made up words from movies and pieces of literature:
This is from Disney’s Cinderella. It’s a line in a song sung by her fairy godmother.
Charles Dickens invented this word in Bleak House. Of course, it means the state or feeling of being bored.
Lewis Carroll invented this word in Through the Looking Glass. It means to laugh in a gleeful way.
Sylvia Plath coined this word. It means a landscape or scene with the strangeness or mystery characteristic of dreams.
This word comes from The Little Mermaid movie. It’s a word the main character used to describe a fork because she didn’t know the real term.
Sir Walter Scott invented this word. It means someone is working for different companies at different times rather than being permanently employed by one company.
Alexandre Dumas invented this word. It means someone who believes in equal rights for men and women.
This is a creature from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne.
Mark Twain invented this word in a speech. It means tough and cynical.
Jeremy Bentham created this word. It means existing, occurring, or carried on between two or more nations.
William Shakespeare invented this word, as well as bump and eyesore.
This word was invented all the way back in 1976 by Richard Dawkins.
This word is from Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol, who also wrote Alice in Wonderland.
Dr. Seuss created this word in If I Ran The Zoo.
This is another made up word from Dr. Seuss.
John Milton coined this word in Paradise Lost. It means wild and noisy disorder or confusion.
This is a famous game from Harry Potter where you try to score a point with a ball and broom.
Karel Capek coined this word.
This is from The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear.
Dorthy Parker invented this word in the 30s. It means someone who is extremely afraid of something.
Reverend William Whewell created this word. It is someone who systematically gathers and uses research and evidence.
This word is from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
This word originally comes from The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll. It is an imaginary animal, and is used to refer to someone or something that is difficult to track down.
This is from Holes by Louis Sachar. It means to splash or cause to splash about uncontrollably.
This is from the book Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. It means smooth and active.
This word comes from Rain by Shel Silverstein. It means to move around noisily in the bottom of a container.
This word come from The BFG by Roald Dahl. It means delicious or extremely tasty.
This is a famous word from the movie Mary Poppins.
This word is from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. These are a type of tree with yellow or white-and-black striped bark. They have a large tuft at the tops which can be knitted into a Thneed.
The author of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, invented this word. However, he was referring to twenty-somethings.
Dr. Wayne E. Oates invented this word. It means a person who compulsively works hard and long hours.
Jonathan Swift invented this word in Gulliver’s Travels.
Smart Sounding, New Words
Use these words the next time you’re talking to a friend or family member. They’ll think you’re a genius!
This describes the last person who claps after everyone else has stopped.
This is used to describe someone who asks a lot of stupid, obnoxious questions.
This is when you get information out of someone while drunk.
This is a feeling of euphoria as you climb into bed after a long day.
This is when a passenger falls asleep as soon as a car starts moving.
This is when you hook up with someone who looks exactly like you.
This is when you forget where you’ve been going or why.
This word has no meaning. It can replace any other word.
This is when someone ignores their friends in order to focus on their partner.
This is when you go out to the movies or dinner alone.
This is used to describe a food that tastes like another food.
This is when you make repeated mistakes while typing.
More Made Up Words
The English language is already confusing. No one will notice when you use words that aren’t actually in the dictionary. Here are some more made up words you should add to your vocabulary:
This is when you’re confused and frustrated at the same time.
This describes a fluffy sponge.
This is similar to disgruntled.
This word describes awkward silence.
This is when you have an attitude while wearing a hat.
This is a combination of a hug and a cuddle.
This is the opposite of an entrance.
This is a padded, puffy envelope.
This is when you tickle a cat behind the ears.
Use this when looking at something confusing.
This is when you have to choose between three options.
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