Woot! New words added to Oxford Dictionary

18/08/2011 by Stacey Bartlett

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary has been republished with 400 new words

It’s 100 years since the first Concise dictionary was published, and while words like brabble and growlery have disappeared from our everyday vocabularies, we now have domestic goddess, sexting and mankini. Here are some of the words the English language now officially recognises:

alternative vote: n. an electoral system whereby voters rank candidates in order of preference, candidates being eliminated and votes redistributed until one candidate achieves the required majority.

cyberbullying: n. the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

denialist: n. a person who refuses to admit the truth of a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence.

domestic goddess: n. informal a woman with exceptional domestic skills, especially cookery.

gastric band: n. (in the surgical treatment of obesity) a silicone devise placed around the upper section of the stomach to restrict the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten.

jeggings: pl. n. tight-fitting stretch trousers for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.

mankini: n. (pl. mankinis) a brief one-piece bathing garment for men, with a T-back.

retweet: v. (on the social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user). n. a reposted or forwarded message on Twitter.

sexting: n. informal the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.

slow food: n. food that is carefully produced or prepared in accordance with local culinary traditions.

upcycle: v. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

woot: exclam. informal (especially in electronic communication) used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph.

Words from the first edition that didn’t quite make it:

brabble: paltry noisy quarrel

foozle: (slang) do clumsily, bungle, make a mess of

growlery: growling; place to growl in, private room, den

marconigram: message sent by Marconi’s system of wireless telegraphy


The  Concise Oxford English Dictionary is published by Oxford University Press, £25.

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