New Words in the Dictionary: From Headlines to Hollywood to Hangry

New Words

The latest update to Dictionary.com includes over 300 new words and definitions, reflecting everything from news stories to fashion trends. We’ve also updated several existing Dictionary.com entries.

English is constantly changing and growing. Thanks to the diverse people who speak it and the times they (we) live in, new words enter the language all the time. The dictionary’s job is to reflect and celebrate that that evolution. It’s genuinely exciting to introduce new words as long term parts of the way we speak!

Ready for a sneak peek? Here are just a few of the awesome words in this update, as well as what they mean.

alt-right

A political movement originating on social media and online forums, composed of a segment of conservatives who support extreme right-wing ideologies, including white nationalism and anti-Semitism.

bitchface

A facial expression that does not consciously express a particular emotion but that others perceive as scowling, threatening, etc.

Black Lives Matter

A political and social movement originating among African Americans, emphasizing basic human rights and racial equality for black people and campaigning against various forms of racism.

Burkini

The proprietary name of a type of bathing suit covering the torso, limbs, and head, worn by women or girls who want to keep their bodies completely covered, especially for religious reasons.

friendiversary

The yearly recurrence of the date that two or more people first became friends.

cat cafe

A business establishment that has numerous cats available for customers to play with, and usually offers food and drinks.

struggle bus

A situation, task, etc., that seems difficult or frustrating.

dabbing

The act of performing a dance move that involves posing with one’s nose in the crook of a bent elbow at chest level while extending the other arm to the side at or above shoulder level, often as a celebratory posture in sports or other competitions.

stochastic terrorism

The public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted.

man bun

A man’s hair gathered into a bun at the back or top of the head.

slay

To strongly impress or overwhelm someone.

mic drop

The act of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a speech or performance, displaying a bold confidence that it has been very impressive or cannot be topped.

throw shade

To insult, criticize, or disrespect a person or thing in an indirect, artful manner.

uncanny valley

A psychological concept that describes the feelings of unease or revulsion that people tend to have toward artificial representations of human beings, as robots or computer animations, that closely imitate many but not all the features and behaviors of actual human beings.