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The Grossest Sounding English Words

Updated August 1, 2018 360.2k votes 21.7k voters 457.3k views77 items

List RulesFeeling queasy? Vote for which English words gross you out the most!

Some words just really gross us out! They make us cringe and turn away. It's that nails-on-a-chalkboard kind of feeling. Maybe because they're the name of something we don't like, as is likely the case with "pus." Gross! Others just don't feel okay to say. Milky? Come on! I'm squirming right now! 

Word aversions are similar to phobias. We hear certain words and just have a visceral response to them, an annoyance or nauseous feeling. Luckily this happens in reverse, too! So words like love and beautiful, make us feel happy and all warm inside. But this list isn't about being fuzzy and cuddly - it's about being GROSSED OUT!    

Look this list over, but be prepared to feel disgusted, queasy, revolted, and repelled. Like a car accident you slowly drive by on the freeway or a slasher film you can't pull your eyes away from - this list will have you squeamish, abhorred and simply grossed out! Vote up the grossest, most disgusting sounding words below.
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    1,465
    3,538

    Bulbous

    Rounded or swollen looking. 
  • 27
    1,538
    3,741

    Vomit

    To eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth.
  • 28
    1,258
    3,075

    Panties

  • 29
    1,122
    2,777

    Clunge

    "Wading through the clunge".
  • 30
    1,685
    4,335

    Twerk

    To shake your butt up and down.
  • 31
    1,330
    3,446

    Larva

    the active immature form of an insect, especially one that differs greatly from the adult and forms the stage between egg and pupa
  • 32
    992
    2,664

    Cuck

  • 33
    976
    2,677

    Spunk

  • 34
    1,102
    3,060
  • 35
    897
    2,508

    Leakage

  • 36
    1,036
    2,948
    a type of fungus
  • 37
    855
    2,514

    Anus

  • 38
    880
    2,604

    Spew

    To release large quantities of of a substance forcibly. Smoke, lava, profanity, etc.

     

  • 39
    1,046
    3,183

    Slurp

    To eat or drink (something) with a loud sloppy sucking noise.
  • 40
    835
    2,781

    Gristle

    cartilage, especially when found as tough, inedible tissue in meat
  • 41
    864
    3,052

    Nubbin

    A small lump or residual part.
  • 42
    890
    3,209

    Pimples

    A small, hard inflamed spot of the skin. 
  • 43
    755
    2,736

    Smear

    To coat or mark something messily with a greasy or sticky substance. 
  • 44
    786
    2,870

    Veiny

    Full of veins, having many veins. 
  • 45
    663
    2,467

    Pubescent

  • 46
    840
    3,158

    Menstruate

    (of a woman) discharge blood and other material from the lining of the uterus as part of the menstrual cycle
  • 47
    720
    2,855
    fat from the abdomen of a pig that is rendered and clarified for use in cooking
  • 48
    565
    2,378

    Belch

    emit gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
  • 49
    555
    2,346

    Gash

    a long deep slash, cut, or wound
  • 50
    443
    1,876

    Dildo