50 Hardest Words To Spell In English

If you’re like me, then you probably enjoy challenging yourself with difficult words to spell. It’s just a fun game, right? wrong. Apparently, there are some words out there that even the most experienced spellers have trouble with. So if you’re looking to test your skills (or just feel inferior), here are 50 of the hardest words to spell in English.

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50 hardest words to spell

Hardest Words To Spell In English


Meaning: another term for wormwood

  • They were absinthe drinkers, the kind who thought of themselves as artists.


Meaning: emerald green

  • The smaragdine gowns were all the rage that season.


Meaning: translucent

  • She wore a diaphane dress that showed off her curves.


Meaning: the blue-green patina that forms on copper

  • The verdigris was so thick, it was impossible to see through it.


Meaning: the act of estimating something as worthless

  • He had such floccinaucinihilipilification for her that he refused to even speak to her.


Meaning: the opposition to the withdrawal of state support for an established church

  • The antidisestablishmentarianism movement was gaining traction.


Meaning: capable of achieving honors

  • He was a honorificabilitudinitatibus man, through and through.


Meaning: things that cannot be comprehended

  • The whole situation was one big incomprehensible


Meaning: extremely good, fantastic

  • This party is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


Meaning: relating to phenomena

  • The phenomenon was so phenomenalistic that it defied explanation.


Meaning: a large, horned mammal

  • The rhinoceros is an endangered species.


Meaning: a constructed language intended for international communication

  • He was one of the few people who could speak Esperanto


Meaning: marked by or expressing doubt or perplexity

  • She looked at him with a quizzical expression on her face.


Meaning: exclamation expressing praise or thanksgiving

  • Hallelujah, we made it!


Meaning: the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is being named

  • The onomatopoeic quality of the word “buzz” makes it perfect for describing the sound of a bee.


Meaning: a member of an Italian police force

  • The carabiniere was called to the scene of the crime.


Meaning: a narrow strip of land connecting two larger areas of land

  • Panama is an isthmus that connects North and South America.


Meaning: a letter of the alphabet that represents a speech sound that is not a vowel

  • “B,” “c,” and “d” are all consonants.


Meaning: a newborn infant

  • The neonate was so small that she could fit in the palm of my hand.


Meaning: a garlic mayonnaise

  • The aioli was so strong that it made my eyes water.


Meaning: the middle class, especially when considered to be materialistic or conformist

  • The bourgeoisie is often critiqued for being too concerned with money and status.

Chaise longue

Meaning: a long chair, typically one with a headrest, for reclining in

  • She stretched out on the chaise longue and closed her eyes.


Meaning: a narrow gully on a mountainside

  • The skier took the couloir between the two peaks.


Meaning: a crescent-shaped roll of leavened dough, typically baked until crisp and flaky

  • I had a croissant and coffee for breakfast.

Houghmagandy (British)

Meaning: sexual intercourse

  • They were caught houghmagandy in the backseat of the car.

List of 50 Hardest Spelling Words

50 hard words to spell

1 Absinthe 26 Acquiesce
2 Aioli 27 Antediluvian
3 Appoggiatura 28 Autochthonous
4 Bourgeoisie 29 Carabiniere
5 Chaise longue 30 Chauffeur
6 Chiaroscurist 31 Chrysanthemum
7 Conscientious 32 Consonant
8 Couloir 33 Croissant
9 Cymotrichous 34 Demitasse
10 Diaphane 35 Elucubrate
11 Esperanto 36 Eudaemonic
12 Euonym 37 Hallelujah
13 Houghmagandy (British) 38 Idiosyncrasy
14 Incomprehensibilities 39 Isthmus
15 Laodicean 40 Liaison
16 Logorrhea 41 Neonate
17 Odontalgia 42 Onomatopoeia
18 Onomatopoeia 43 Pococurante
19 Precocious 44 Prospicience
20 Questionnaire 45 Quizzical
21 Rhinoceros 46 Smaragdine
22 Succedaneum 47 Surveillance
23 Unconscious 48 Ursprache
24 Vengeance 49 Verdigris
25 Vivisepulture 50 Xanthosis

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