Top Ten Archaic Words

Archaic Words are words that have no use in the modern age but did have significant use back in the medieval ages. It's not recommend to use them in everyday conversations or in the internet, hence the name "archaic". Unless you're writing a medieval-based fiction or non-fiction, here are some archaic words to consider using. Just an idea.
The Top Ten
1 Armipotent
2 Ambodexter

You might associate this word with using both hands at first, but this word is actually used to call out people who are deemed distrustful. This is a clever word if you want to banter with someone who is ambidextrous.

3 Aforetime

Another way of saying the word "formerly," as in before time.

4 Ballarag

An archaic term for the word "bully".

5 Athwart
6 Gardyloo

Means "mind the water" from the French phrase "garde à l'eau" or "Prenez garde à l'eau" (beware of the water). Back in the medieval ages, people would shout this phrase to warn others passing by if they were dumping waste from chamber pots out of the windows above the upper floors. Hygiene was often ignored at that time.

7 Brainish

Don't confuse this word with "smart". Brainish actually means being impulsive or it could mean passionate.

8 Caliginous

Borrowed from the Latin word "caligo" meaning gloom, darkness. It may also be borrowed from the Middle French word "caligineux."

9 Daggle

It's just like the word "wade," which means walking through water or mud, but in this archaic term, you drag your feet through the mud.

10 Twattle
The Contenders
11 Glout

An old word for making a frown as if you're upset.

12 Betimes

Means earlier than usual, as in waking up earlier than your usual routine.

13 Prithee

Means "pray thee." Basically, an archaic version of the word "please."

14 Bibliopole

Someone who buys and sells rare books.

15 Bookcraft

This simply describes authorship or is used as a compliment of how good an author is.

16 Hellkite

A kite that flies in the 3rd depths of the hells (just kidding). Hellkite is used to describe someone as cruel.

17 Joyance

This is an old term for describing someone as joyful.

18 Eyen

Basically, an archaic plural term for eyes.

19 Mickle

Another old term to describe something large.

20 Holp

An older, archaic version of the word "help".

21 Swain

An older word for a male servant. It is also used as a fancier word for a male lover.

22 Doth
23 Nowhence
24 Abraid

An older word for the verb wake up. It also means to make a sudden movement.

25 Oftwhiles
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