This is a list of candidates for the longest English word of one syllable, i.e. monosyllables with the most letters. A list of 9,123 English monosyllables published in 1957 includes three ten-letter words: scraunched, scroonched, and squirreled.Guinness World Records lists scraunched and strengthed. Other sources include words as long or longer. Some candidates are questionable on grounds of spelling, pronunciation, or status as obsolete, nonstandard, proper noun, loanword, or nonce word. Thus, the definition of longest English word with one syllable is somewhat subjective, and there is no single unambiguously correct answer.
|halfpennyworths||15||||Plural of halfpennyworth, q.v.|
|halfpennyworth||14||||Hypothetical compressed pronunciation proposed by Jeff Grant in Word Ways. (The standard British pronunciation from which this is compressed is the disyllabic , also represented by the spelling ha'p'orth.)|
|schtroumpfed||12||Eco||The original French name for smurf is schtroumpf, and this word is used as an all-purpose noun and verb by the titular characters. The form schtroumpfed is used in Alistair McEwen's English translation of an essay by Umberto Eco: "Let us suppose that an English speaker of average culture hears a Schtroumpf poet reciting I schtroumpfed lonely as a schtroumpf." This does not follow the conventions of English-language versions of The Smurfs, where one would instead encounter the word smurfed.|
|broughammed||11||Sc.Am.||meaning "travelled by brougham", by analogy with bussed, biked, carted etc. Rhymes with fumed, zoomed. Suggested by poet William Harmon in a competition to find the longest monosyllable.|
|squirrelled||11||LPD; MWOD||compressed American pronunciation of a word which in British RP always has two syllables /'skw?r?ld/. The monosyllabic pronunciation rhymes with world, curled. In the United States the given spelling is a variant of the more usual squirreled: see -led and -lled spellings.|
|broughamed||10||Shaw||a variant of broughammed, used by George Bernard Shaw in a piece of journalism.|
|schmaltzed||, ,||10||OED||meaning "imparted a sentimental atmosphere to" e.g. of music; with a 1969 attestation for the past tense.|
|schnappsed||10||Sc.Am.||meaning "drank schnapps"; proposed by poet George Starbuck in the same competition won by his friend William Harmon.|
|schwartzed||10||||meaning "responded 'Schwartz' to a player without making eye-contact" in the game Zoom Schwartz Profigliano.|
|scraunched||10||W3NID; Moser||a "chiefly dialect" word, meaning "crunched".|
|scroonched||10||W3NID; Moser||variant of scrunched, meaning "squeezed".|
|scrootched||10||AHD||variant of scrooched, meaning "crouched"|
|squirreled||10||LPD; MWOD; Moser||the more usual American spelling of squirrelled.|
|strengthed||10||OED||an obsolete verb meaning "strengthen", "force", and "summon one's strength". The latest citation is 1614 (1479 for strengthed), at which time the Early Modern English pronunciation would have been disyllabic.|
Some nine-letter proper names remain monosyllabic when adding a tenth letter and apostrophe to form the possessive:
In a 1970 article in Word Ways, Ralph G. Beaman converts past participles ending -ed into nouns, allowing regular plurals with -s. He lists five verbs in Webster's Third International generating 10-letter monosyllables scratcheds, screecheds, scroungeds, squelcheds, stretcheds; from the verb strength in Webster's Second International he forms the 11-letter strengtheds.
The past tense ending -ed and the archaic second person singular ending -st can be combined into -edst; for example "In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul" (Psalms 138:3). While this ending is usually pronounced as a separate syllable from the verb stem, it may be abbreviated -'dst to indicate elision. Attested examples include scratch'dst and stretch'dst, each of which has one syllable spelled with ten letters plus apostrophe.
...horsed and broughamed, painted and decorated, furnished and upholstered...
If the first person has been schwartzed, he can either look at a new person and say "Zoom," or send it right back to the second person by saying "Pifigiano"
Scoughall (pronounced "skole") is in East Lothian, not far from North Berwick.
So distinctive is her style that her name has become a Euro design verb, as in Barclays at Canary Wharf is being 'Schwartzed.' "
there is no other jurist who has inspired the formation of a new terminology:"to be Schwartzed" or "to get Schwartzed" or "passing the Schwartz test."
I have now turned Schmertz into a verb and a noun," the former Mayor said. "If you have been abused, we say you have been Schmertzed. If you get an unwarranted and undeserved payment from the City of New York, you say, 'Thank you Mr. Mayor, for the Schmertz.'