50 Verbose Verbs To Drop Into Everyday Conversation
If you’re grandiloquent, then you like to use extravagant, high-flown words—precisely like the 50 verbs listed here, which either refer to everyday activities or else can be used in place of everyday words.
If a bird (or anything else) abvolates, then it flies away.
To acervate something is to pile it up, or to sweep or gather it into a mound.
To admarginate is to write in a margin, or to make notes alongside the text in a book.
When the day advesperates, it grows dark.
Dogs don’t just bark, they allatrate.
To basiate is to kiss, as is to osculate.
Derived via Latin from a Greek word meaning manure, to bulbitate is to mess your pants. (Hopefully not an everyday word.)
To cachinnate is to laugh loudly or unrestrainedly. To decachinnate is to laugh at or deride someone.
When you put your shoes on, you calceate. When you take them off—particularly as a mark of respect—you discalceate.
To caperate is to frown; if something is caperated, it’s wrinkled or creased.
If something carbunculates, it burns, literally like a piece of coal—the Latin word for which is the origin of the word carbuncle.
To coquinate is to cook or serve food for others.
To deblaterate is to babble or prattle unthinkingly, or to blurt something out.
Capula essentially meant cup or small vessel in Latin, and so to decapulate means to pour or empty something from one container into another.
To defloccate something is to wear it out, while …
... to deglabrate it is to smooth it.
Derived from a Latin word, cudere, meaning to beat or strike out, the verb excude can be used to mean to find something out by studying it.
To extravage or to extravagate is to wander from the point, both literally (as in, to wander around unfocusedly) and figuratively (as in a conversation).
To felicitate someone is to make them happy.
Gnatho was the name of an obsequious, toadying servant in a comedy by the Roman playwright Terence, and derived from that to gnathonize, which means to flatter someone, or to behave sycophantically.
To gurgitate or to ingurgitate—unlike to regurgitate—means “to eat or devour food.”
To hospitize is to entertain a guest.
To inanulate—literally, “to make into rings”—is to curl your hair.
To insussurate is to whisper in someone’s ear.
Eat your breakfast and you’ll have jenticulated.
Derived from a Latin word meaning to weaken or to make unsteady, to labefactate something is to knock it over or cause it to fall.
To lallate is to speak like a baby.
To lucubrate or to elucubrate is to work by candlelight or artificial light—or, in other words, to work long into the night. A piece of work produced by burning the midnight oil, incidentally, is a lucubration.
To maniculate is to do something stealthily, or to take something from someone while they’re not looking.
Derived from the Latin word for “hand,” manuduction is a 16th century word for leading or guiding someone—and derived from that, to manuduce or manuduct is to lead someone or something by the hand.
To manuscribe is to write your signature, or to write something out by hand.
To nemn someone is to mention them by name.
To obligure is to feast or eat a great meal.
Pandiculation is the proper name for the stretching and yawning you do when you wake up, and so to pandiculate is to do precisely that.
Derived from a Spanish word, pongale, meaning put it down, to pungle is to make a payment for or contribution towards something.
Quaeritate is an 18th century word meaning to search for an answer, or to inquire into something—essentially an 18th century equivalent of to Google.
Reimplace something, and you put it back where it was.
Scurryfunge is an old American dialect word meaning to hastily tidy a house before a visitor arrives.
Derived from semita, the Latin for path, to semitate is to make a path through something.
To snudge is to walk while thinking contemplatively.
A surfle is an ornate trim or embroidered border, but according to the Oxford English Dictionary, as a verb it can also be used to mean “to paint or wash the face or body with a cosmetic.”
Derived from a Latin word meaning to stagger, to titubate can also be used to mean “to stammer” or “to falter in your speech,” an act also known as titubation.
Instead of doing lengths in the pool, you can transnate it—a 17th century verb meaning to swim across something.
Taken from a Latin root literally meaning “three feet,” to tripudiate is to skip or dance for joy, or to leap with excitement.
To tudiculate is to bruise something, or to knock or hit it hard.
To unken someone is to fail to recognize them.
To venustate something is to make it beautiful. The opposite, should you ever need it, is devenustate.
To veterate is to grow old.
Derived from the same root as vigilant, to vigilate is to be wakeful or sleepless, or to stay awake all night.
To witwanton is to give time to idle thoughts to speculations, or to make a joke of failing to understand something.