Most excellent words

Start learning with an activity...

  • Practice

    Answer a few questions on each word. Get one wrong? We'll ask some follow-up questions. Use it to prep for your next quiz!

  • Spelling Bee

    Test your spelling acumen. See the definition, listen to the word, then try to spell it correctly. Beat your last streak, or best your overall time. Spellers of the world, untie!

  • Vocabulary Jam

    Compete head-to-head in real-time to see which team can answer the most questions correctly. Start a Jam and invite your friends and classmates to join!

Explore the Words


definitions & notes
only words

  1. serendipity

    good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
    Which often involves experimenting.
  2. keen

    intense or sharp
    Others, such as Labour's Treasury team, are
    keener on a fiscal stimulus, with more spending and lower taxes.
    I actually wanted to put keener here & the program won't let me.

    Using keener as a noun is unique to Canada. I love how you can use it to tease someone or to proudly claim your keener status about, say, vocabulary.

  3. dubious

    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
    Suddenly he becomes a police hero in somewhat
    dubious circumstances.
  4. susurration

    an indistinct sound, as of whispering or rustling
    A beautiful onomatopoeia.
  5. onomatopoeia

    using words that imitate the sound they denote
    Okay, I just added this one to see if I spelled it correctly above, but it's still a pretty cool word.
  6. corpus callosum

    a broad transverse nerve tract connecting the two cerebral hemispheres
  7. toothsome

    extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  8. bibliophile

    someone who loves and usually collects books
  9. azure

    of a deep somewhat purplish blue color
    "Azure skies" is kind of a cliche by now, but I still like this word for the sound of it, and because it's a great Scrabble play.
  10. hydrangea

    any of various deciduous or evergreen shrubs of the genus Hydrangea
    Those green/blue/purple flowers we'll start seeing around Vancouver soon. They're cool-looking & they have a cool name.
  11. isthmus

    a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas
  12. flabbergasted

    as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise
    "But—" I began, looking and feeling like a
    flabbergasted cat.Ayres, Harry Morgan
  13. critter

    a regional term for `creature'
  14. tentative

    hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
  15. exactitude

    the quality of being exact
  16. whizbang

    a firecracker that (like the whizbang shell) makes a whizzing sound followed by a loud explosion
  17. odoriferous

    emitting a smell, especially an unpleasant smell
  18. syncopated

    stressing a normally weak beat
  19. idiosyncratic

    peculiar to the individual
  20. synchronicity

    the relation that exists when things occur at the same time
  21. moreover

    in addition
  22. ubiquitous

    being present everywhere at once
  23. nonetheless

    despite anything to the contrary
  24. Zeitgeist

    the spirit of the time
    Some even go so far as to read here an incipient Weltanschauung, a perspective and horizon of the world.Nadin, Mihai
  25. pragmatic

    concerned with practical matters
  26. equanimity

    steadiness of mind under stress
  27. unflappable

    not easily perturbed, excited, or upset
  28. neap tide

    a less than average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon
  29. quiescent

    being quiet or still or inactive
  30. inquisitive

    given to questioning
  31. jittery

    characterized by jerky movements
  32. extraneous

    not pertinent to the matter under consideration
  33. histrionic

    overly dramatic or emotional
  34. antic

    ludicrously odd
Created on April 22, 2013
(updated April 23, 2013)