49 unbeatable words for the game ‘hangman’

True talent can be found in the most unexpected places. In this author’s case, her own children revealed their zeal for language after a few rounds of a familiar word game. Broaden your vocabulary with these examples.

Anyone who spends time with kids knows their patience is truly a virtue.

Whether it’s standing in line at the grocery store or waiting for food at a restaurant, kids complain about being bored within milliseconds.

Mine are no exception. Rather than reflexively pulling out my phone to keep them entertained, though, we often play an old-fashioned game of “hangman.”

In case you don’t remember, the game goes like this:

One player chooses a word and the other players try to guess it by asking which letters it contains. Every wrong guess brings the guessing players a step closer to losing and adds a body part to the “hangman.” The game is easily won by coming up with words that can’t be guessed easily.

My kids are masters at this, and they helped me to come up with idea and words for this post. Here are 49 words that can increase your vocab prowess and make you a “hangman” champion.

  1. Awkward

  2. Bagpipes

  3. Banjo

  4. Bungler

  5. Croquet

  6. Crypt

  7. Dwarves

  8. Fervid

  9. Fishhook

  10. Fjord

  11. Gazebo

  12. Gypsy

  13. Haiku

  14. Haphazard

  15. Hyphen

  16. Ivory

  17. Jazzy

  18. Jiffy

  19. Jinx

  20. Jukebox

  21. Kayak

  22. Kiosk

  23. Klutz

  24. Memento

  25. Mystify

  26. Numbskull

  27. Ostracize

  28. Oxygen

  29. Pajama

  30. Phlegm

  31. Pixel

  32. Polka

  33. Quad

  34. Quip

  35. Rhythmic

  36. Rogue

  37. Sphinx

  38. Squawk

  39. Swivel

  40. Toady

  41. Twelfth

  42. Unzip

  43. Waxy

  44. Wildebeest

  45. Yacht

  46. Zealous

  47. Zigzag

  48. Zippy

  49. Zombie

Any other words to add to the list, Ragan readers?

Laura Hale Brockway is writer and editor from Austin, Texas. Read more of her work at Impertinent Remarks.

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