Tasty Words: Nouns

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Tasty Words:  Nouns
by Alan Carl Nicoll

Copyright (c) 2018 by Alan Carl Nicoll
All Rights Reserved

I can’t explain what “tasty words” are or say what they’re good for, if anything.  These are words that I found “tasty,” in meaning, sound, or printed appearance.  Take a look, and think about how this list might be useful to you.  Sometimes I find it interesting, for a while, to simply and casually read the list.  So far, nothing productive has come of this, but I think it might stimulate poems if I give it a chance.

Here’s a link to a five-column PDF version (which omits this introduction) for convenient printing and viewing.

A few of these words may be non-standard, coinages, or normally part of a phrase.  There’s not much slang, alas, which reflects the dictionary I used to compile this list.  I’d appreciate being informed of errors in spelling, etc.  I notice that some adjectives have crept in…  More lists to follow.  The PDF doesn’t include this introduction.

ablutions
abscess
accordion
acolyte
adenoids
adobe
afterglow
alcopop (Br.)
ambergris
anaconda
antimacassar
Antipodes
aphid
aplomb
appendage
assegai
backbiting
back slapping
back-stabbing
balderdash
ballcock
ballyhoo
bandicoot
barbican
barnacle
bassoon
battleaxe
beanpole
beatnik
bebop
bedfellow
bedlam
beefcake
Beelzebub
behemoth
belch
bellyflop
bevy
biddy
bigwig
bilge
bimbo
birdie
black mass
blarney
blasphemy
blather
bleeding heart
blip
blitz
blockhead
blood brother
bloomers
blotch
blowhole
bludgeon
bluebottle
bluestocking
blunderbuss
boathook
boat people
bobble head
Bohemian
Bolshevik
bolt-hole
bombast
bonbon
bongo
bonhomie
bonsai
boo-boo
boodle
bookworm
boomerang
boon companion
booties
borscht
bosh
bouzouki
boy toy
Brahman
brainchild
bravado
brasserie
bravura
breadcrumb
breaststroke
breathalyzer
bric-a-brac
brickbat
brimstone
brinkmanship
brio
brogue
brolly (Br.)
bromide
bronco
brouhaha
bruiser
brush-off
bubonic plague
buckaroo
buck teeth
budgie
buffoon
bugbear
buggery
bulldozer
bullock
bummer
bung
bungalow
bunion
bunkum
burble
burlesque
bush baby
busybody
buzzword
cackle
caboodle
cadenza
cahoots
cakewalk
calamity
calypso
canapé
cancan
cannelloni
capon
cappuccino
caravanserai
carcass
carpetbagger
cartwheel
castanets
catamite
catcall
caterpillar
catfight
catnap
cat's paw
catwalk
cavalcade
cedilla
chagrin
changeling
chatterbox
cheapskate
cheesecake
cheroot
cherub
chicanery
chicken feed
chignon
chilblain
chintz
chinwag (Br.)
chipmunk
chippy
chit-chat
chocoholic
chops
chutzpah
citadel
city slicker
claptrap
claque
clay pigeon
cliffhanger
clincher
clodhopper
cobweb
codger
colossus
comeuppance
conker (Br.)
coot
couch potato
cowlick
creepy-crawly
crocodile tears
crone
crony
crow's feet
crud
crux
cubbyhole
cud
cudgel
cummerbund
Cupid's bow
curmudgeon
curtain-raiser
dabbler
dauber
daylight robbery (Br.)
dead duck
decoy
déjà vu
delicatessen
demi-monde
derring-do
dervish
desperado
destiny
devil's advocate
dewlap
dharma
diarist
dicky bow
didgeridoo
diehard
dilettante
dimple
dimwit
dingo
diorama
disco
dirndl
dirty look
ditto
ditty
diva
dog days
do-gooder
doily
doldrums
dollop
donkey work
doodads
doppelgänger
dork
dotage
dotard
double-dealing
double entendre
doublespeak
doublethink
dowager
doyen
draggletail
dregs
dribs and drabs
drivel
drizzle
drool
droppings
drudge
duffer
dullard
dumbwaiter
dumpling
dunce cap
dweeb
earmark
earshot
earwig
effigy
egghead
ego trip
elbow grease
elbow room
enfant terrible
enigma
eyeful
eyesore
Fabian
factotum
falsetto
family tree
farrago
fat cat
festoon
fetlock
fiasco
fibber
figment
filibuster
filigree
finger puppet
fisheye
flapdoodle
flashpoint
flautist
fleshpots
flibbertigibbet
floozy
flotsam
flummery
flunky
fob
footsie
Frankenstein
freckle
freebooter
free kick
Freemason
frenzy
friar
fricassée
frippery
frogspawn
frump
fungus
funk
furor
fusspot
fuzz
gadabout
gadfly
gaffe
gaggle
gall
galligaskins
gallimaufry
gamecock
gamine
gamin
gargoyle
gasbag
gatecrasher
geek
gerbil
Gestapo
gewgaw
giblets
gizmo
glitch
glitterati
glitz
glottal stop
gobbledegook
golliwog
goo
goody-goody
gooseberry
gorgon
grandee
greasy spoon
gremlin
gringo
hacienda
hackles
hacksaw
haggis
hammer toe
hand-me-down
hank
happy hour
hatchet job
hatchet man
heart-throb
hedgehog
hee-haw
hellhole
henge
heresy
hermit-crab
hexagram
hiccup
hidden agenda
hint
hippy
hitchhiker
hoi polloi
honcho
hoodie
hooligan
hoopla
horsey
hotbed
hodgepodge
hotfoot
hot pants
hovel
hubbub
huckster
hugger-mugger
humbug
hurdy-gurdy
idiocy
ilk
inkling
innards
insole
instep
jackal
jackdaw
jailbait
jailbird
jamboree
jammies
jape
jellyfish
jerky
jet lag
jetsam
jiggery-pokery
jingle
jinx
jockstrap
jodhpurs
jowls
joystick
jukebox
julep
junk food
junk mail
kamikaze
kazoo
kerfuffle
killjoy
kitsch
knickers
knothole
knuckles
kudu
kumquat
lackey
laggard
landlubber
lap dance
lapdog
lass
layabout
leapfrog
leitmotif
lemming
lickspittle
lingo
loggerheads
lumpens
lunatic fringe
mad cow
magneto
magpie
maidenhead
maisonette
malarkey
manatee
mange
maneater
manhole
man-of-war
mantra
marbles
marionette
marrowbone
martyr
marzipan
massacre
maw
maypole
meatballs
melancholy
menthol
method acting
milksop
minx
missy
moccasin
monkey business
monkey wrench
montage
moose
moppet
morass
mote
mother-of-pearl
motif
moue
mountebank
mouthpiece
mucilage
mucus
mudflap
muff
mugshot
mulch
mumbo-jumbo
murk
mustachios
mutt
naif
nancy boy
nape
nebula
necropolis
nectar
nerd
nest egg
newel post
newspeak
newt
nib
night owl
nimbus
nincompoop
nitty-gritty
nocturne
noggin
nomad
no-man's-land
non-event
nonperson
noodle
nook
noose
nose
nosebag
notch
nougat
nova
nozzle
nub
nubbin
nugget
nuisance
nuthatch
nymphet
oaf
oasis
obese
object lesson
occiput
octopus
oddball
offal
oick (Br.)
oik (Br.)
old hat
omen
onanism
onyx
oodles
open season
opposite number
orb
original sin
osmosis
ostrich
oxymoron
pacemaker
pacifier
pagoda
pandemonium
pansy
pap
paper tiger
parallax
parasol
parody
parry
parson's nose
Parthian shot
parting shot
party line
party-pooper
passion flower
patina
patriarch
peephole
pelvic girdle
pennant
pen pal
pentagram
peon
periwinkle
phalanx
philistine
phlegm
phrenologist
picador
piccalilli
piffle
piggery
piggyback
piggy bank
pigsty
pigswill
pillow talk
pinball
pincushion
pinky
pinprick
pin-up
pioneer
pipe organ
pipsqueak
piranha
pistachio
pitchfork
pith
pittance
pitter-patter
pixie
pizzaface
pizzazz
placebo
plague
plankton
platitude
playmate
playpen
plaything
plenum
ploy
plummet
plywood
poetic justice
poetic license
pogo stick
polecat
pole dance
politicking
pollywog
polymath
pompom
popcorn
poppycock
portent
porthole
possum
posy
pothole
potty
powder puff
powwow
pox
pratfall
pretzel
prig
prong
prude
prune
puck
puddle
puffball
puffery
pug
puke
pulp
pumpernickel
pumpkin
puncture
pundit
punk
punt
puppet
puppy love
purple prose
putty
puzzle
quack
qualm
quark
quartz
quibble
quickie
quilt
quip
quitter
rabbit punch
rabble
rabble-rouser
racket
radish
raffle
ragamuffin
ragbag
ragout
raid
railroad
rain
raindrop
raisin
raja
rampage
ramrod
rapscallion
rapture
rascal
rat
ratbag (Br.)
ratchet
rat race
ravioli
razor
razzle-dazzle
realm
red meat
redwood
regiment
ricochet
riddle
riff-raff
rigmarole
ringer
ringlet
ringworm
rip-off
rivet
romp
rookie
rosette
rubble
rump
runt
saber
sacred cow
saddle
sahib
salami
salvo
samurai
Sanskrit
sap
Saracen
sarcasm
sardonyx
sash
sassafras
satchel
sauerkraut
saving grace
savvy
say-so
scab
scallywag (scalawag)
scamp
scanties
scapegoat
scarecrow
scarlet
schadenfreude
schist
schizoid
schnozz
schnozzola
schoolmarm
scorpion
scoundrel
scow
scowl
screwball
Scrooge
scrotum
scruff
scuffle
scumbag
seaweed
sedge
see-saw
señorita
sentinel
sequin
sesame
shack
shamrock
shawl
shebang
sheen
sheep dip
shellac
shenanigans
Sherpa
shindig
shocking pink
shock tactics
shyster
sibyl
sickle
sicko
sideswipe
sinkhole
sire
sirloin
sissy
sitting duck
six-pack
sjambok
skid row
skiff
skinflint
skink
skipjack
skulduggery
skull
skullcap
skunk
skylark
slag
slanging match (Br.)
sledgehammer
sleepover
sleepwalk
slime
slingshot
slob
sloth
slouch hat
sludge
sluggard
slush
smack
smacker
small fry
smattering
smelt
smidgen
smirk
smithereens
smock
smocking
smokescreen
smoothie
snag
snake charmer
snapdragon
snick
snippet
snitch
snob
snood
snorkel
snot
snout
snowball
snowflake
snuggery
soapbox
sob story
socket
sod
sodomite
softie
solar plexus
solitude
sombrero
somnambulist
songster
songstress
sonny
soot
sop
sot
soubrette
sound bite
sourdough
sourpuss
southpaw
spadework
spaghetti
spam
spangle
sparkler
spasm
speck
spendthrift
sperm whale
sphagnum
spheroid
sphincter
sphinx
spiel
spigot
spitfire
spittle
splat
splotch
spoilsport
sponge
spoof
spook
spree
sprig
springboard
sprocket
spud
spunk
squab
squabble
squall
squalor
squeegee
squib
squiggle
stag
stage fright
stalking horse
stallion
stampede
stanchion
standing joke
stand-off
starfish
starlet
stash
static
steel band
steeple
stein
stench
stick-in-the-mud
stickler
stigma
stiletto
stilt
stinker
stirrup
stout
stocking
stomach pump
stooge
stopcock
straight man
straitjacket
stratagem
strobe
strop
strudel
struggle
stubble
stud
studio
stuffed shirt
stupor
sty
sucker
suds
sugar daddy
sumo
sump
sunburn
sundial
sundress
superego
surf
Svengali
swab
swag
swallowtail
swami
swamp
swansong
swarm
swastika
sweetness
swig
swill
swine
swivel
sylph
syntax
tabby
taboo
tack
taco
tadpole
taffeta
tailpiece
tailspin
talisman
talons
tambourine
tapioca
tarantula
Tasmanian devil
tassel
tattle-tail
tattoo
tea cosy
teak
teardrop
teazle
teat
Technicolor
teddy
teeny bopper
teepee
teetotaller
televangelist
telly (Br.)
tempest
tempo
tentacle
terminal velocity
terracotta
terrapin
testes
testicle
thimble
thingamajig
thingummy
thingy
think tank
thistledown
thong
thrall
throes
throng
thud
thug
thumbscrew
thump
thunderbolt
thunderclap
thundercloud
thunderstorm
tibia
ticker tape
tidbit
tiddlywinks
tidewater
tiff
tilde
time bomb
time signature
tincture
tinder
tinge
tingle
tinsel
tint
tintinnabulation
tin whistle
tippler
tippytoes (?)
tipster
tirade
tissue
titmouse
titter
tittle-tattle
tizzy
toad
toad-in-the-hole
toady
toast
todler
toddy
toenail
toffee
toggle
tokenism
tomahawk
tomboy
tome
tomfoolery
tom-tom
tongs
tongue-lashing
tongue-twister
tootsie
top dog
topknot
tornado
torrent
tortilla
totem
tracery
traffic jam
trailblazer
traitor
trajectory
tramp
trance
trapezoid
travesty
treacle
treadmill
trench
tress
trice
trickster
trifle
trigger
trimmings
trinket
tripe
tripod
troglodyte
troll
trombone
truant
tuft
tumbleweed
tunnel vision
tusk
tutti-frutti
twaddle
twang
twinge
twit
twitch
two-timer
two-way mirror
tyke
tyro
udder
ugli fruit
urban myth
urchin
utility belt
uvula
vagabond
vagrant
vamp
vandal
vanishing point
vanity
vaudevillian
vendetta
veneer
vengeance
veranda
vertigo
verve
vibrato
vigil
viper
virago
vixen
vomit
voodoo
vortex
vow
voyeur
vulture
wad
wafer
waffle
wagtail
waif
walkabout
walking stick
walkover
wallaby
wand
wannabe
warhorse
warmth
warpaint
warren
wart
warthog
washboard
wasp
wasteland
wastrel
watchdog
watchword
water buffalo
waterhole
water lily
wattle
wayfarer
weakling
WMD
weasel
weathercock
weathervane
weepie
weevil
weirdo
well-wisher
welt
wen
wench
westerner
wet blanket
wet dream
wetland
wet nurse
whammy
wheeler-dealer
wheelie
whelp
whiff
whim
whimsy
whipcord
whiplash
whippersnapper
whipping boy
whirligig
whirlpool
whirlwind
whisker
whiskey
whit
white elephant
white feather
white flag
white lie
white noise
white trash
whitewash
whopper
whorl
wicker
widget
widow's peak
wigwam
wildness
wildcat
wilderness
wild goose chase
wiles
willies
wimp
winch
windbag
windbreak
windbreaker
wind chill
windfall
windinstrument
windlass
window dressing
windpipe
wing nut
wino
wiretapping
wiseacre
wise guy
wishbone
witch doctor
witchery
witch hazel
wok
wolf whistle
wombat
woodcock
woodpecker
woofer
wool-gathering
woolies
wordsmith
workaholic
wormhole
worry beads
wraith
wrath
wreckage
wretch
wringer
wunderkind
wuss
xenophobe
yahoo
yes-man
yin-yang
yogi
yokel
yo-yo
yucca
yuppie
zealot
zeitgeist
zen
zero
zodiac
zom

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