20 New Words in English for 2020

Languages are always growing and changing, and English is no exception. If people begin to use a new word a lot, it gets added to the dictionary! And that’s the best way to learn new vocabulary – listening to people using a word, then using it yourself.

Check out these 20 totally new words appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary for the very first time. Then go out and use them!

1. Amotivation – Having no motivation or purpose

John hasn’t looked for work in weeks. He’s very amotivated.

2. Angeliferous – A person with a beautiful, sweet or innocent face, like that of an angel

What a beautiful baby! She is totally angeliferous!

3. Angried – Someone who is troubled or upset as a result of being angry

I was so angried when they spilled ink on my rug.

4. Angsting – Someone who is worrying or agonizing over something is “angsting.”

Marsha is angsting because she can’t finish the report by the deadline.

5. Bare-bones – The basic or essential elements of something; basic, simple, minimal.

His new apartment is pretty bare-bones. He’ll need to get more furniture soon.

6. Beachside – The area beside a beach.

Should we have a picnic beachside on Saturday?

7. Blert – A person who is weak or useless, a cowardly person

I’m so looking for a new job where there aren’t any blerts.

8. Chewy – A piece of chewing gum

Would you like a chewy?

9. Chillax – a combination of “chill” and “relax” meaning to calm down, take it easy.

Let’s chillax at my place on Saturday and watch the game.

10. Comp – to give something free of charge as a favor

The restaurant comped our dinner because we had to wait so long for our food.

11. Cryptocurrency – Digital or virtual currency used on the internet and depending on cryptography for security.

He paid for his new computer with cryptocurrency.

12. Microfinance – financial services provided to poor individuals and groups in poor and developing areas

Malia founded a microfinance institution in Eritrea to provide jobs for women.

13. Nomophobia – Anxiety about not having access to a mobile phone or mobile phone services

I can’t find my phone and I’m feeling a little nomophobia here.

14. O – Used in writing to symbolize a hug, but only in combination with the letter x, which means a kiss.

Give my love to Andrew and Stacy! xoxo!

15. Shave ice – A frozen drink made with finely shaved ice and sweet syrup

Let’s get a shave ice on the way home from the baseball game.

16. Sim – A computer program that lets the user simulate a certain activity, such as building a city or flying an airplane

Jake wants a new sim game for his birthday.

17. Simples – Indicates that something is very simple or easy to do. Used after presenting the solution to a problem.

Just fold the laundry right out of the dryer and you don’t have to iron it. Simples.

18. Stuffie – A soft child’s toy, usually an animal, made of fabric with a fluffy filling.

Holly has so many stuffies on her bed that there isn’t any room for her.

19. Whatevs or Whatev – Short for whatever, used in a verbal response to a question to which the speaker is either disappointed or doesn’t care what the answer is.

“I have to work tonight so I won’t be able to see the movie with you.”  “Whatevs.”

20. Weak sauce — That lacks power, substance, or credibility; pathetic, worthless; stupid.

“That movie is weak sauce! Let’s watch something better.”

Listen for these new words in your in your everyday conversation and find ways to use them yourself!

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