Longest words

German’s supposedly longest word in the world’s vocabularies has been considered too much for the German bureaucrats and is being consigned as obsolete.

Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz

meaning “the law concerning the delegation of duties for the supervision of cattle marking and the labeling of beef’ is 63 letters long.

The Germans are renowned for their love of long words but they are not the only ones who like to create complex compound words as nouns. The Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes coined the 183 lettered

lopado-temacho-selacho-galeo-kranio-leipsano-drim-hupotrimmatosilphio-karabo-melito-katakechumeno-kichl-epikossuphophatto-peristeralektruon-opto-kephallio-kigklo-peleio-lagoio-siraio-baphe-traganopterugon

meaning a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, fowl and sauces. 

German: 

Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmütze 

(48 letters) A cap used by a captain on the river of Donau.

Dudelsackspfeifenmachergesellenprüfung 

(38 letters) exam for those who want to become a specialist in making pipes for bagpipes.

Dutch: 48 letters

kindercarnavalsoptochtvoorbereidingswerkzaamheden 

preparation activities for a children’s carnival procession

Hungarian: 

megszentségtelenithetetlenségeskedéseltekért 

(44 letters) “for your unprofaneable actions”

legmegvesztegethetetlenebbek 

(28 letters) the least corruptible ones

Latin: 27 letters

honorificabilitudinitatibus 

the state of being able to achieve honours (the longest word in Shakespeare from Love’s Labour’s Lost)

Danish: 

arbejdsløshedsunderstøttelse 

(28 letters) unemployment benefit

tilpasningsvanskeligheder 

(25 letters) adjustment difficulties

Croatian: 26 letters

prijestolonaslijednikovica 

the wife of a heir to the throne

Czech: 30 letters

nejneobhospodařovávatelnějšími 

the less farmed

English

As for the English language there are somewhat fanciful claims for extremely long words. However, more realistically here are the following in descending length:

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis 

(English: 45 letters) the longest word in a major dictionary, a technical word for a lung disease created by silica dust inhalation

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 

(English: 34 letters; from the Mary Poppins film and musical with a fanciful defintion)

hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism 

(English: 33 letters) which means the love of long words

pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism 

(English: 30 letters) the longest noncoined word in a major dictionary for a specific inherited medical disorder

floccinaucinihilipilification 

(English: 29 letters coined in 1741) meaning the categorizing of something that is useless or trivial (the longest unchallenged non-technical word)

antidisestablishmentarianism 

(English: 28 letters) the longest non-coined and non-technical word

Estonian: 19 letters

raudteeülesõidukoht

train crossing point

Finnish: 25 letters

käsipyyherullajärjestelmä 

an automatic towel system for drying your hands

French: 25 letters

anticonstitutionnellement 

unconstitutionally

Italian:

precipitevolissimevolmente 

(26 letters) in a too precipitate way 

psiconeuroendocrinoimmunologia 

(30 letters) is a discipline that deals with the relationship between the functioning of the nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system 

Romanian:

otorinolaringologie 

(19 letters) Otorhinolaringology

sternocleidomastoidian 

(22 letters) The sternocleidomastoid muscle is located in the front of the neck

Lithuanian: 30 letters

nebeprisikiškiakopūsteliaudavome 

we didn't pick rabbit cabbage

Polish: 31 letters

konstantynopolitańczykiewiczówna 

a girl living in Constantinople (modern Istanbul)

Bulgarian: 40 letters

neprotivokonstitutsionstvuvatelstvuvayte 

something against constitution

Greek: 

υποδηματοεπιδιορθωτήριον 

(24 letters) By mending shoes 

ωτορινολαρυγγολόγος

(19 letters) otolaryngologist (throat-ear-nose specialist) 

ακτινοχρυσοφαιδροβροντολαμπροφεγγοφωτοστόλιστος

(47 letters) dressed in golden-shining, thundering and incandescent clothes

σκουληκομυρμηγκότρυπα

(21 letters) a hole with ants and worms

Portuguese: 29 letters

Anticonstitucionalissimamente 

of or against the constitution of a state, organization

Serbian: 22 letters

prestolonaslednikovica 

wife of Crown Prince

Turkish: 28 letters

Afyonkarahisarlilardanlarmış 

They are said to belong to the family that came from Afyonkarahisar

Slovenian: 24 letters

starocerkvenoslovanščina 

Old Church Slavik Language

Slovak: 24 letters

najnevypočítavateľnejší 

the most difficult exaple to calculate


The concept and examples featured on this page have been provided by Adam Jacot de Boinod

Do you know the longest word in your language? Please let us know!

Please only submit words that are actually being used, please no technical or medical terms.

 Longest word:
 Required
 Translation into English:
 Required
 Language:
 Required
 Your email:
 Required
CAPTCHA image
Please enter the code shown above in the box below:
  Required
  Search