53 Modern Words Recently Added to the Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary Online is a warehouse of over 100,000 words. Despite this large arsenal, we continue to coin, clip, and blend new words into existence, and the Oxford folks pump some of these new words into their dictionaries. Here are some more recent additions with their official definitions.
1. Anthropocene (adj) : Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. (Noun: The Anthropocene.)
2. Anytown (n): A real or fictional place regarded as being typical of a small U.S. town.
3. Autotune (n): A device or facility for tuning something automatically, especially a computer program which enables the correction of an out-of-tune vocal performance.
4. Badassery (n): Behavior, characteristics, or actions regarded as formidably impressive.
5. Big Data (n): Extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.
6. Binge-Watch (v): Watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.
7. Buzzworthy (adj): Likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth.
8. Bling (n): Expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewelry.
9. Bromance (n): A close but non-sexual relationship between two men.
10. Chillax (v): Calm down and relax.
11. Crunk (adj): Very excited or full of energy.
12. DIY (adj and n): The activity of decorating, building, and making repairs at home by oneself rather than employing a professional.
13. D'oh (ex): Exclamation used to comment on a foolish or stupid action, especially one’s own.
14. Droolworthy (adj): Extremely attractive or desirable.
15. Fatberg (n): A very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets.
16. Frankenfood (n): Genetically modified food.
17. Geekfest (n): A gathering of geeks, especially one devoted to technical discussions; a single ongoing activity that is particularly appealing to geeks.
18. Grrrl (n): A young woman regarded as independent and strong or aggressive, especially in her attitude to men or in her sexuality.
19. Guyliner (n): Eyeliner that is worn by men.
20. Hater (n): A person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing.
21. Illiterati (n): People who are not well educated or well informed about a particular subject or sphere of activity.
22. Infomania (n): The compulsive desire to check or accumulate news and information, typically via mobile phone or computer.
23. Jeggings (n): Tight-fitting stretch trousers for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.
24. La-la Land (n): A fanciful state or dream world. Also, Los Angeles.
26. Listicle (n): A piece of writing or other content presented wholly or partly in the form of a list.
27. Locavore (n): A person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.
28. Mankini (n): A brief one-piece bathing garment for men, with a T-back.
29. Mansplain (v): (of a man) Explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
30. Microaggression (n): A statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.
31. Mini-Me (n): A person closely resembling a smaller or younger version of another.
32. Muffin Top (n): A roll of fat visible above the top of a pair of women’s tight-fitting low-waisted trousers.
33. Muggle (n): A person who is not conversant with a particular activity or skill.
34. Noob (n): A person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the internet.
35. Obvs (adv): Obviously.
36. OMG (ex): Used to express surprise, excitement, or disbelief. (Dates back to 1917.)
37. Po-po (n): The police.
38. Purple State (n): A U.S. state where the Democratic and Republican parties have similar levels of support among voters.
39. Screenager (n): A person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for computers and the internet.
40. Sexting (n): The sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.
41. Textspeak (n): Language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons. (wut hpns win u write lyk dis.)
42. Totes (adv): Totally.
43. Truthiness (n): the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.
44. Twerk (v): Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
45. Twitterati (n): Keen or frequent users of the social networking site Twitter.
46. Unfriend (v): Remove (someone) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site.
47. Upcycle (v): Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
48. Vlog (n): A personal website or social media account where a person regularly posts short videos.
49. Whatevs (ex, adv): Whatever.
50. Whovian (n): A fan of the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who.
51. Woot (ex): (Especially in electronic communication) Used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph.
52. Yarn-Bomb (v): Cover (an object or structure in a public place) with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form of street art.
53. YouTuber (n): A person who uploads, produces, or appears in videos on the video-sharing website YouTube.
This piece was updated in 2019.