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An overview of new words in English
Statistics by the Global Language Monitor (GLM) have revealed that there are approximately 1,019,729 words in the English language. The GLM also estimates that a new word is created almost every 98 minutes around the world! Being well-informed on the new words in English that have been added to recent editions of dictionaries can help you strengthen your vocabulary. Educators around the world classify vocabulary into four key types – listening vocabulary, speaking vocabulary, reading vocabulary, and writing vocabulary.
Importance of new words in English
The need to be able to communicate as clearly, concisely, and efficiently as possible has only been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a significant portion of our daily life shifted online, having a remarkable collection of words to use in English can help create excellent language skills.
If you have decided to update your current vocabulary, here are 60 new words in English with meanings to help you refine your language skills!
New words in English (A-E)
|1.||Abnegation||Denial; renunciation of a doctrine or belief.|
|2.||Ambigue||An ambiguous expression or statement.|
|3.||Athleisure||Comfortable and casual footwear & clothing designed for exercise and rigorous activity.|
|4.||Broigus||Angry or irritated.|
|5.||By-Catch||A catch of fish that cannot be put to commercial use.|
|6.||Blert||A cowardly person, someone who is weak.|
|7.||Comp||Providing products or services free of charge as a token of appreciation, a favor.|
|8.||Cryptocurrency||Virtual or digital currency used on the internet. (This is among the new words in English that have emerged as a result of technological advancements in the industry of finance.)|
|9.||Cringe||To feel ashamed or embarrassed by what someone else is doing or saying.|
|10.||Deepfake||A recording or image that has been altered convincingly to misinterpret what someone is doing or saying. (This is among the new words in English that have emerged as a result of technological advancements in the industry of finance.)|
|11.||Delicense||To deprive a vehicle, business, or person of their license (official permission to operate).|
|12.||Destigmatizing||The process of removing social stigma or negative connotations associated with someone or something.|
|13.||Eradicate||To destroy something completely down to its roots.|
|15.||Efface||To remove, typically by erasing or rubbing.|
New words in English (F-J)
|16.||Fantoosh||Showy; flashy; stylish; exotic; sophisticated. Used often to imply pretentiousness & ostentation.|
|17.||Functional||Capable of or designed for a particular purpose.|
|18.||Fatuous||Devoid of intelligence.|
|19.||Gratuitous||Unwarranted or uncalled for.|
|20.||Gaffe||A tactless or socially-awkward act.|
|21.||Galvanize||To stimulate action.|
|22.||Hench||A person with strong musculature; an individual with a remarkable physique.|
|23.||Hir||A gender-neutral adjective is used to indicate possession.|
|24.||Hair Doughnut||A doughnut-shaped sponge used to support a specific hair-do.|
|25.||Influencer||An individual who changes or affects the way a larger group of people behave.|
|26.||Infirm||Lack of vitality, or bodily & muscular strength.|
|27.||Incessant||Without any interruption.|
|28.||Jovial||Displaying high-spirit merriment.|
|29.||Jaunt||A journey taken typically for pleasure.|
|30.||Jaded||Apathetic or bored after experiencing an excess of something.|
New words in English (K-O)
|31.||Kwell||To talk proudly, admiringly, or enthusiastically about something.|
|32.||Knell||The sound of a bell rung very slowly; a toll.|
|33.||Kip||Informal word for ‘sleep’.|
|34.||LOL||Abbreviated form for ‘Laugh Out Loud’. Used commonly for communicating informally on social media platforms.|
|35.||Lethargy||To display an unusual lack of energy or inactivity.|
|36.||Largesse||Generosity or kindness in bestowing money or gifts.|
|37.||Multifarious||Diverse, or multifaceted.|
|38.||Municipal||Related to a self-governing district.|
|39.||Microfinance||Financial services that are provided to individuals & communities in rural & developing areas.|
|40.||Nomophobia||Anxiety about lack of access to a smartphone or mobile phone services.|
|41.||Naivete||Lack of worldliness & sophistication.|
|42.||Nascent||The beginning; being born.|
|43.||Onboarding||The process of integrating a new employee into a team or organization.|
|44.||Oat-Milk||Milk prepared from oats; used commonly in cooking and in drinks.|
|45.||Onset||The early stages, or beginning of.|
New words in English (P-T)
|46.||Pronoid||A person who is convinced of others’ goodwill towards themselves.|
|47.||Puggle||A young platypus or echidna.|
|48.||Pertinacious||Someone who is stubborn & unyielding.|
|49.||Quotidian||An event or task that is of daily occurrence.|
|50.||Quisling||A traitor. (This word is also among the list of 50 difficult words in the English language!)|
|51.||Quaff||To swallow greedily or hurriedly in a single draught.|
|52.||Rat-Tamer||Informal for a psychiatrist or a psychologist.|
|53.||Recalcitrant||Resistant to authority or force.|
|54.||Raconteur||A person who is skilled in telling anecdotes.|
|55.||Sandboxing||The restriction of a code or piece of software to a specific environment on a computer system that can be run securely.|
|56.||Self-isolate||To deliberately isolate oneself from others; to undertake a period of self-imposed isolation.|
|57.||Shero||A heroine; a hero of the female gender.|
|58.||Topophilia||An emotional connection to a physical environment or a particular place.|
|59.||Truthiness||Something of a seemingly truthful quality that is not supported by evidence or facts.|
|60.||Tract||An area of land that is extended.|
- Abrogate– To revoke something formally.
- Abstruse– Difficult to understand.
- Accede- Yield to anothers’ wish or opinion.
- Blandishment– Flattery intended to persuade.
- Calumny– A false accusation of an offense.
- Circumlocution– An indirect way of expressing something
- Demagogue– A leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions
- Enervate– Weaken physically, emotionally, or morally.
- Sesquipedalian– A foot and a half long.
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious– Something that is extraordinarily good.
- There is a constant introduction of new words in English added to dictionaries every year.
- Updating your vocabulary is an excellent way to communicate effectively.
- Vocabulary is recognized as of four types – reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
- The above list of words is a great way to improve your all-rounded vocabulary and knowledge of new English words!
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Q1. How can I learn new words daily?
Answer – Reading different kinds of material and literature is an excellent way to learn new words. Keep a dictionary handy, so you can refer to the meanings of the words. This can also help you remember them easily.
Q2. Why has there been a surge in the new words added to dictionaries every year?
Answer – Technology has played a significant role in promoting the spontaneous coining of new words. This is largely due to the need to communicate quickly and efficiently.
Q3. What are ‘portmanteau’ words?
Answer – ‘Portmanteau’ words or ‘blended’ words are words that combine the meaning of two discrete terms. For example – the word ‘bromance’ is a blend of the words ‘brother’ and ‘romance.’