8 of the Best Made-Up Words From Literature

When reading a book, we often come across made-up words. They open us up to entirely new worlds and make us feel like we’re in a completely different place. Without made-up words, some stories, especially fantasy, wouldn’t be original or special. Authors like J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, and Lewis Carroll are famous for creating words. Here are eight of our favorites:

1) Scrumdiddlyumptious – The BFG by Roald Dahl 

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Definition: Extremely satisfying 


2) Snozzwangers – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

Definition: A supposed dangerous beast


3) Horcrux – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 

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Definition: An object used to hide a part of your soul with dark magic 


4) Sploosh – Holes by Louis Sachar

Definition: A mushy food, maybe peaches  


5) Heffalumps – The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne 

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Definition: An exotic elephant  


6) Grinch – How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 

Definition: Someone who isn’t particularly friendly 


7) Bellyfeel – 1984 by George Orwell

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Definition: A gut feeling


8) Jabberwock – The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Definition: A dragon-like beast with razor-sharp teeth and pointy claws


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