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The Best Words and Phrases Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

The Best Words and Phrases Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Zissy Lewin
The Best Words and Phrases Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Four times a year the Oxford English Dictionary gets updated. These updates include revised versions of existing entries, new words and senses and the removal of words and phrases no longer in circulation.

 

The latest update in October saw 650 new words, senses, and subentries added in. Below are some of our favourite additions, loop them into daily conversation or put them down as your next scrabble play. The entire list can be viewed here

 

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amorite, n.2: An object of love; a lover.

 

amotivation, n.: The condition of lacking motivation, purpose, or direction see also amotivational

 

angel-faced, adj.: Having a face like that of an angel; having a beautiful, sweet, or innocent face.

 

angeliferous, adj.: Resembling an angel; angelic. In later use also: splendid, magnificent, excellent.

 

angoisse, n.: Mental anguish.

 

angried, adj.: Angered; troubled or perturbed as a result of anger.

 

arlarse, n. and adj.: An unpleasant or annoying person; esp. one who is mean-minded, unkind, or unfair.

 

ayete, v.2: transitive. To understand, comprehend; to recognize, to perceive.

 

belly boat, n.: A small, light, inflatable watercraft in which a person sits with his or her legs in the water, typically used for fishing in areas of still water…

 

blert, n.: A useless, weak, or cowardly person. Also as a general term of abuse.

 

chewy, n.: Chewing gum; a piece of chewing gum.

 

chillax, v.: intransitive. To calm down and relax; to take it easy, to chill (see chill v. additions 4). Often in imperative: ‘relax’, ‘calm down’.

 

chirpse, v.: transitive. To flirt with (a person); to make sexual advances towards.

 

coxcombery, n.: Conceitedness, vanity, pretentious affectation; foppery. Cf. coxcombry n. 2a.

 

dead-ender, n.: A road, passage, etc., from which there is no exit at one end. Now chiefly U.S.

 

easy-breezy, adj.: Esp. of clothing, style, etc.: informal, casual; relaxed, carefree.

 

 

fakeable, adj.: That can be faked, simulated, or falsified.

 

nomophobia, n.2: Anxiety about not having access to a mobile phone or mobile phone services.

 

o, n.5: Used to symbolize a hug, esp. at the end of a letter, greetings card, or the like. Only in combination with x (see X n. 6), as in xox, xoxo, etc.

 

omnishambles, n.: Chiefly in political contexts: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, or is characterized by a series of blunders and miscalculations…

 

sala, n.2: A living room.

 

simi-dimi, n.: Elaborate or meaningless ritual; superstition; mumbo-jumbo. Also: fuss, rigmarole.

 

stuffie, n.: North American colloquial. A children’s toy, typically a toy animal, made of fabric with a soft filling; a stuffed toy.

 

whatev, int. and pron.: Used (typically in response to a question or statement) to indicate that the speaker is disinclined to engage with, or is indifferent to, the matter…

 

 

dancesport: competitive ballroom dancing.

 

that dog won’t hunt: North American colloquial. that dog won’t hunt and variants: used to express the opinion that a particular plan or approach will not succeed.

 

fake news: news that conveys or incorporates false, fabricated, or deliberately misleading information, or that is characterized as or accused of doing so.

 

hot sauce: any of various piquant sauces made with chilli peppers and used as a condiment or ingredient.

 

Jiggly: that jiggles or is characterized by jiggling; wobbly, shaky.

 

shits and giggles: Chiefly North American and Australian. shits and giggles (also grins): fun or amusement without any serious purpose. Usually in for (the) shits and…

 

a little something-something: North American colloquial. (a little) something-something: a special or additional item, activity, etc.; something pleasurable or indulgent…

 

 

steaming drunk: extremely or incapably drunk; inebriated.

 

apology tour: a series of speeches, interviews, or other public appearances by a well-known figure (esp. a politician or celebrity), in which he or she apologizes…

 

bunny hug: Canadian. A hooded sweatshirt.

 

marmite, n.2 and adj. sense B: British colloquial. That polarizes opinions by provoking either strongly positive or strongly negative reactions, rather than indifference.

 

mint, adj. sense 2: colloquial. Excellent, great.

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