Spelling Bee Words
From A to Z

This page is dedicated to some of the best, and toughest, Spelling Bee Words I've come across so far. Most of them have appeared in major spelling bees and have been responsible for knocking out all but the champion spellers. Although, to be sure, I've included a few of them just for fun ;-)

In some cases I've included a snippet from the spelling bee in which I came across the word, so you can see it (mis-)spelled in real life!

So here they are from A to Z...

BOEOTIA — bē.ō.sh(ē).ə
n. A district in Ancient Greece.

This is my favorite of all time! Would you have guessed the correct pronunciation of this one if I hadn't included it above?

CREPUSCULE
n. Twilight or, sometimes more generally, a state of half-light.

This one crossed my path as I was reading about a wonderful Broadway production called The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This hilarious play, in which audience members participate in an on-stage spelling bee, was based on an improvisational play called, you guessed it, C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E. The original play was created by Rebecca Feldman.

EUONYM
n. A name that is well suited, often ironically, to the person or thing it refers to.

And who could forget the enthusiastic, if quirky, performance of Rebecca Sealfon as she spells this word to become the 1997 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.

GJETOST
n. A dark, sweet cheese, usually made from goat's milk.

With the highly unusual GJ combo making the sound of a Y, this one is an obvious spelling bee candidate.

David Riddle, a National Senior Spelling Bee champion, is especially familiar with this word. While attending The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a comedy Broadway musical, he was one of the four audience members to be called up on stage to compete in the theatrical Bee.

The word they had to resort to in order to finally send David back to his seat so they could get on with the play? You guessed it! G-J-E-T-O-S-T.

IRREVOCABILITY
adj. Impossibility of being reversed or undone.

Well, ok, I admit I included that one just so I could show you this video...

LAODICEAN
adj. Unconcerned with religion or politics.

This obscure word, which derives from biblical ridicule leveled at the people of Laodicea, was the winning word at the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Here's the winner, Kavya Shivashankar, in action, employing her trademark 'invisible writing' technique to seal the championship...

NUMNAH
n. The padding, usually sheepskin, placed on a horse's back to cushion the saddle and avoid chafing.

SARDOODLEDOM
n. A melodramatic or contrived and uncompelling plot.

UINTJIE
n. The edible corm of the 'chestnutty' Iridaceae family of plants.

Spelling it not only sealed the victory, but doing so led bobbyblue to declare uintjie the hardest word ever spelled over the six-year history of the bee.

David Riddle on his 2010 Williamsburg Adult Spelling Bee victory.

Other Visitors' Favorite Spelling Bee Words

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SCHADENFREUDE 
SHAHD-n-froi-duh –noun satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune. Origin: 1890–95; < German, equivalent to Schaden …

SCHOTTISCHE 
Noun - A round dance resembling a slow polka Etymology - German, from the Scottish word schittisch (meaning Scottish), from Schotte (meaning Scotsman) …

TAOISEACH 
From Irish - means a prime minister. Pronounced TEA-shack.

TYIYN Not rated yet
A monetary unit in Kyrgyzstan, equal to 1/100th of a som. (From the Kyrgyzstani ti-yi-n, meaning squirrel, referring to when squirrel skin was a monetary …

GROENENDAEL Not rated yet
Pronunciation - groo-nuhn-dahl, groh-, grey-, gren-uhn- noun The former name of the Belgian Shepherd Dog. 1920-25, The name of the town where …

Bewusstseinslage Not rated yet
n. A psychological term meaning a state of awareness. It was one of the most difficult words on the written round of the 2007 Scripps National Spelling …

SESQUIPEDALIAN Not rated yet
The apt word to describe spelling bee participants and all other lovers of long words!

haecceity Not rated yet
/hek-see'i-tee/ Noun The aspect of existence on which individuality depends; the" hereness" and "nowness" of reality From Latin, from haec, this

étui Not rated yet
\ā-twē\ Noun Case for holding sewing articles and/or tools French, from Old French estui, prison, from estuier, to guard, from Vulgar

QUAALUDE Not rated yet
Noun The street/trade name for methaqualone, a CNS (Central Nervous System) depressant.

EISTEDDFOD Not rated yet
n . A Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. This word was the last word given to me at an advanced spelling bee held at my church, and …

PROLEGOMENOUS Not rated yet
This word means related to PROLEGOMENON, which is a prefatory comment. I just love saying the word because of the way it rolls off my tongue. Hi …

ELEEMOSYNARY Not rated yet
This is a popular spelling bee word defined as 'pertaining to charity or charitable donations.' What I love about the spelling is that it looks almost …

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Not rated yet
— Written for Monterey County's The Herald Last month I heard the heart-charging announcement of my imminent stage debut. I was selected as …

VALETUDINARIAN Not rated yet
Missed in an adult spelling bee. Meaning a person who enjoys poor health and takes advantage of it.

IPECACUANHA Not rated yet
Meaning — The dried root from which the purgative drug IPECAC is obtained. About this Spelling Bee Word — I first came across this word …



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