Words invented since the beginning of the 21st century

Anyone know of any recently added words to the dictionary? Take a quick look at here:

"Muggle": added in 2003; (someone who doesn't possess a certain skill).
"Frenemy": added as of 2009, meaning a fake friend who's an enemy.
"Mouseover": was added back in 2013.

The term "staycation" was added in 2009 as well (something I was not at all aware of); it practically means a vacation at one's home.

Also, as a side fact, Mochacchino was added as a word in 2013!:D

What other words have been added to the dictionary since the start of the 21st century?

August 3, 2017


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'Selfie' was added recently meaning a picture of oneself that they took themselves

August 3, 2017

I don't see how "ginormous" is only as recent as 2007. I've used and heard that word here in the UK since I was a kid (since the early~mid 90s). It's more natural to me than saying either enormous or gigantic. There's no way I'd call it a 21st century invention.

August 3, 2017

People used it so often as a real word when you were born that it was put into the dictionary in 2007

August 3, 2017

The word "ginormous" was added as a word in 2007, but it's use could have been a while before that year; a word is usually added to the dictionary once its common use is noted.

[edit: My apologies; another user has mentioned it was actually added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 1989]

August 3, 2017

Google Ngram viewer suggests it first popped up in print around 1945, but only really took off in the 1980s

August 4, 2017

It's been in the Oxford English Dictionary since 1989, with a first recorded usage from 1942. I don't know which dictionary you're using but evidently it's a little behind the times :).


August 4, 2017

Has it actually? Thanks for telling me, I'll edit the discussion!

August 4, 2017

here is a list of new words i found

-acquihire (n.): Buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff.

-amazeballs (adj.): Extremely good or impressive; amazing.

-anti-vax (adj.): Opposed to vaccination.

-binge-watch (v.): To watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.

-bro hug (n.): Another term for man hug, or a friendly embrace between two men.

-catfish (v.): To lure someone into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.

-clickbait (n.): Internet content that is sensational or provocative, and whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.

-cray (adj.): Crazy.

-dox (v.): To search for and publish private or identifying information about someone on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.

-e-cig (n.): Another term for electronic cigarette.

August 3, 2017

There is a popular idea that language is unchanging and that adding new words is "unnatural". So, I enjoy these kinds of posts. :)

August 4, 2017

Thanks for explaining this! Words are often added as new ones, and I found this topic a bit interesting.

August 4, 2017
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