Have you ever wondered what the longest words in the English language are? Well, you're not the only one who's ever been curious. There are lots of people who love fun facts and the longest words are one of them. Many of these words have the simplest meanings. Ironically, that may mean the bigger the word, the smaller the definition. Let's take a look.
Many of the longest words in English are coined, constructed, or technical terms.
Coined words are generally created to serve creative purposes, such as in books or movies.
Technical words serve a certain industry, such as healthcare and other highly specialized fields.
Are you ready? Let's explore 10 of the longest words!
Thank you, Mary Poppins. This word was coined especially for the movie and the musical. It's made up of 34 letters. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious means something you say when you aren't sure what to say. The word is found in several dictionaries, referencing the movie and the musical.
Ready for it? This 30-letter word simply means "pertaining to really long words." How ironic! Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian is an adjective and an extension of the word "sesquipedalian," using a modified form of the Latin word "monstrum."
This word is made up of 29 letters and is a coined word. Floccinaucinihilipilification is a noun that means you regard something as unimportant. This word is touted as the longest non-technical word in the English language.
Here's a 28-letter word. It's touted as the longest non-technical and non-coined word in English. Antidisestablishmentarianism is a political philosophy opposed to the separation of church and state.
This word can be found in major dictionaries and it contains 30 letters. It's touted as the longest non-coined word in the English language. The definition of pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism is an inherited disorder where the person has symptoms similar to pseudohypoparathyroidism, or a resistance to a certain hormone.
This word is made up of 52 letters. Certainly, it's the longest word on this list but you won't find it in major dictionaries. It's a pretty specialized term that describes the spa waters in Bath, England. Aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic is constructed by joining seven different elements together to make one big word.
Aequeo: Relating to being equal
Salino: Containing salt
Calcalino: Containing or relating to calcium
Ceraceo: Having a waxy quality
Aluminoso: Containing alumina or aluminum
Cupreo: Relating to copper
Vitriolic: To resemble something
Now, this word stands as the longest English word in major dictionaries. It clocks in with 45 letters. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis is both coined and technical. It's a lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust. The word and disease are usually cut short in the form of silicosis, which may be more recognizable than its 45-letter counterpart.
This word doesn't sound too far-fetched, does it? You might even be able to sneak it into your everyday language. Incomprehensibilities features 21 letters and refers to things that are - you guessed it - incomprehensible, or incapable of being understood. You could also sneak "unimaginatively" into a conversation or two. That's a winner with 15 letters that alternate between vowels and consonants.
Sure, this one doesn't even come close to pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. It clocks in at a much more reasonable nine letters. However, strengths deserves to be on the list of longest words because it nearly manages to have only consonants. Eight out of the nine letters are consonants, with only the vowel E sneaking into the middle.
What in the world? That seems more like a string of vowels than an actual word. Indeed, euouae is a musical term that was once used during medieval times. However, you're looking at a proud member of the Guinness Book of World Records. Euouae is the longest word composed of vowels alone.
Spelling and pronunciation don't come easily with these extra long words. Wouldn't it be great if you could slip unimaginative incomprehensibilities into your next bit of writing? That would be a showstopper alright. Sadly, unless your story is based in Bath, England, it would be tough to sneak aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminosocupreovitriolic into your work.
Still, things can get interesting any time a writer's vocabulary is top-notch. Why not explore this list of nouns that start with J? Or, perhaps you'll ramble through these verbs that start with R. Of course, reading is the best way to promote a healthy vocabulary. But, in the meantime, you could create a master vocabulary list for the ages.