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.
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
meaning a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, fowl and sauces.
(48 letters) A cap used by a captain on the river of Donau.
(38 letters) exam for those who want to become a specialist in making pipes for bagpipes.
Dutch: 48 letters
preparation activities for a children’s carnival procession
(44 letters) “for your unprofaneable actions”
(28 letters) the least corruptible ones
Latin: 27 letters
the state of being able to achieve honours (the longest word in Shakespeare from Love’s Labour’s Lost)
(28 letters) unemployment benefit
(25 letters) adjustment difficulties
Croatian: 26 letters
the wife of a heir to the throne
Czech: 30 letters
the less farmed
As for the English language there are somewhat fanciful claims for extremely long words. However, more realistically here are the following in descending length:
(English: 45 letters) the longest word in a major dictionary, a technical word for a lung disease created by silica dust inhalation
(English: 34 letters; from the Mary Poppins film and musical with a fanciful defintion)
(English: 33 letters) which means the love of long words
(English: 30 letters) the longest noncoined word in a major dictionary for a specific inherited medical disorder
(English: 29 letters coined in 1741) meaning the categorizing of something that is useless or trivial (the longest unchallenged non-technical word)
(English: 28 letters) the longest non-coined and non-technical word
Estonian: 19 letters
train crossing point
Finnish: 25 letters
an automatic towel system for drying your hands
French: 25 letters
(26 letters) in a too precipitate way
(30 letters) is a discipline that deals with the relationship between the functioning of the nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system
(19 letters) Otorhinolaringology
(22 letters) The sternocleidomastoid muscle is located in the front of the neck
Lithuanian: 30 letters
we didn't pick rabbit cabbage
Polish: 31 letters
a girl living in Constantinople (modern Istanbul)
Bulgarian: 40 letters
something against constitution
(24 letters) By mending shoes
(19 letters) otolaryngologist (throat-ear-nose specialist)
(47 letters) dressed in golden-shining, thundering and incandescent clothes
(21 letters) a hole with ants and worms
Portuguese: 29 letters
of or against the constitution of a state, organization
Serbian: 22 letters
wife of Crown Prince
Turkish: 28 letters
They are said to belong to the family that came from Afyonkarahisar
Slovenian: 24 letters
Old Church Slavik Language
Slovak: 24 letters
the most difficult exaple to calculate
The concept and examples featured on this page have been provided by Adam Jacot de Boinod
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