50 Unusual Words and Untranslatable Words from English and Other Languages

Unusual Words

Positive Words Research is doing a research on unusual words that have at least 1% percentage of positivity in them. Some of the words from this list are unusual but they are also a source of wisdom. By researching more such words, you get to learn and acquire some new knowledge and a wisdom that you may not have known about.

As we discover unusual words one by one we will add them to this list. The list is not in alphabetical order because it was not created all at once. Each word was added over time. If you know a word that has not been added please comment at the end of this list and we will include it in this list. Please add in the comment the unusual word you know and his definition and meaning with your own words. Thank you so much for your contribution.

Halcyon

Halcyon (adj) meaning: a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. Peace and tranquility at is best! Calm and prosperity prevails all around.

Ikigai

Ikigai (n) meaning: Japanese concept that means a reason for being, a reason to get up in the morning, to enjoy the meaning of life – passion, purpose, something one lives for. Ikigai is a reason to live, that which gives life a sense of purpose.

Fika

Fika (n.) meaning: Swedish word that means a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. Like “coffee with friends”.

Abditory

Abditory (n.) meaning: a place into which you can disappear; a hiding place. We added this word to this list of unusual words because having some moments alone in your hiding place is a proof of self-love.

Petrichor

Petrichor (n.) meaning: the wonderful smell in the air after it’s been raining.

Kintsukuroi

Kintsukuroi (n.) meaning: “to repair with gold”; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

Meraki

Meraki (v.) meaning: to do something with soul, creativity, or love, to put something of yourself into work.

Gezelligheid

Gezelligheid meaning: Dutch word that means the warmth of being with loved ones.

Forelsket

Forelsket meaning: Danish word that means the euphoria of falling in love.

Dor

Dor meaning: Romanian word that means the sense of longing when temporary separated from that whom you love. We added this word to this list of unusual words because due to “dor” we realize how much we love someone and how grateful we are that they are in our life. Therefore “dor” acts like a trigger for love and gratitude.

Merak

Merak meaning: Serbian word that means the sense of oneness with the universe that comes from the simplest of pleasures.

Odnoliub

Odnoliub meaning: Russian word that means someone that has only one love in their life.

Yuanfen

Yuanfen meaning: Chinese word that means the force that brings us together.

Inglenook

Inglenook (n.) meaning: a small, cozy retreat beside a fireplace.

Yogasm

Yogasm (n.) meaning: the feeling of bliss when you’re done working your ass off your yoga mat.

Bhumisparsa Mudra

Bhumisparsa Mudra meaning: “touching the earth” and is a gesture that asks the devil of the earth to witness the Buddha’s enlightenment. The Bhumisparsa Mudra transforms rage and anger into wisdom, and is commonly seen in Buddha statues around the world. This mudra is performed seated with the right hand reaching over the right knee, and the left hand softly curled upwards in the lap.

Amaranthine

Amaranthine (adj.) meaning: underlying, immortal, eternally beautiful. It also means a deep purple-red.

Kalon

Kalon (n.) meaning: beauty that is more than skin deep.

Saorsa

Saorsa (n.) meaning: freedom and liberty.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum meaning: one of the highest Buddhist mantras. Every word in this mantra is a mantra in itself. There is at least one Buddhist book for each of these words. When one uses this mantra in his meditations, to understand the depth of the mantra, one must study these books or learn to meditate with a master.

Sonder

Sonder (n.) meaning: the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. Pronunciation: sohn-dehrr.

Textovert

Textovert (n.) meaning: a person who is expressive and funny in texts but shy in person.

Quiescent

Quiescent meaning: a quiet, soft-spoken soul.

Chimerical

Chimerical meaning: merely imaginary; fanciful.

Susurrus

Susurrus meaning: a whispering or rustling sound.

Ranconteur

Ranconteur meaning: one who excels in story-telling.

Clinquant

Clinquant meaning: glittering; tinsel-like.

Aubade

Aubade meaning: a song greeting the dawn.

Ephemeral

Ephemeral meaning: lasing a very short time.

Sempiternal

Sempiternal meaning: everlasting; sweet in sound.

Billet-doux

Billet-doux meaning: a love letter.

Redamancy

Redamancy meaning: act of loving in return.

Xylophile

Xylophile (n.) meaning: someone who loves forests, woods.

Hodophile

Hodophile (n.) meaning: one who loves to travel.

Onism

Onism (n.) meaning: the awareness of how little of the world you’ll experience.

Marmoris

Marmoris (n.) meaning: the shining surface of the ocean.

Lagom

Lagom meaning: Swedish word that means not too little, not too much. Just right.

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi meaning: Noting lasts. Nothing is finished. Nothing is perfect.

Cynefin

Cynefin (n.) meaning: Welsh word that means a place where a person or an animal feels it ought to live and belong; it is where nature around you feels right and welcoming.

Elysian

Elysian (adj.) meaning: Greek word that means beautiful or creative; divinely inspired; peaceful and perfect.

Birr

Birr (verb) meaning: a soft swishing sound; a trilling pronunciation, like a rumbly, whirring noise.

Lucelence

Lucelence (adj.) meaning: the state of being fine and beautiful, shining, brilliant.

Ukiyo

Ukiyo (n.) meaning: Japanese word that means “The Floating World”; Living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life. Pronunciation: [u-key-yo]

Forinsecal

Forinsecal (adj.) meaning: foreign, alien; not native to an area or place.

Woodnote

Woodnote (n.) meaning: a wild or natural musical tone, as that of a forest bird. Pronunciation: [woo d-noht]

Seraphic

Seraphic (adj.) meaning: beautiful and pure; having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub; of or relating to an angel of the first order.

Loistava

Loistava (adj.) meaning: reflecting light as if giving off tiny sparks to shine brightly and steadily.

Koi no yokan

Koi no yokan (n.) meaning: Japanese word that means the extraordinary sense upon first meeting someone, that you will one day fall in love. Pronunciation: [ko-ee no yo-kan]

Kismet

Kismet (n.) meaning: fate; destiny. Pronunciation [kiz-mit, -met,kis-]

Pavonine

Pavonine (adj.) meaning: characteristics of peacock; resembling the tail of a peacock, as in colors; iridescent.

Mesmeric

Mesmeric (adj.) meaning: appealing, drawing attention.

Stellify

Stellify (verb) meaning: to turn into a star; place among the stars.

This is a list of unusual words that is constantly updated based on continual research. You can use this list when you need to find some: unique words, weird words, rare words, new words, cool words, untranslatable words.

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