The English language keeps changing and new English words are added to the dictionary.
There are lots of new English words you can learn to improve your understanding of English. Whether you are a native speaker or learning English as a second language, here is the list of new English words and their meaning will help you expand your vocabulary.
List of New English Words and their Meanings
Meaning: One’s highest level of performance
Meaning: An ambiguous statement or expression.
Meaning: English-speaking countries considered collectively (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Ireland).
Meaning: Opposition to the extension of the right to vote in political elections to women; the political movement dedicated to this.
Meaning: A proprietary name for an orange-coloured Italian aperitif flavoured with gentian, rhubarb, and a variety of herbs and roots.
- April Fool’s
Meaning: April Fool’s Day (1 April), a day on which tricks or hoaxes are traditionally perpetrated
Meaning: Used to express a range of emotions or responses, esp. affirmation, assent, or agreement.
Meaning: In humorous representations of the speech of pirates expressing approval, triumph, warning, etc.
- Assault weapon
Meaning: A weapon designed for use in a large-scale military assault, esp. one used to attack a fortified or well-defended location.
Meaning: Casual, comfortable clothing or footwear designed to be suitable for both exercise and everyday wear
Meaning: A native or inhabitant of city or region of Auckland, New Zealand.
Meaning: Overcome with anger, madness, or distress; insane, mentally disturbed.
Meaning: So impressively, spectacularly, or formidably as to arouse or inspire awe.
Meaning: Extremely good; excellent.
Meaning: To class as awful or terrible
Meaning: Terrible, dreadful; remarkable or notable.
Meaning: As simple intensive; very, exceedingly, extremely.
Meaning: A person who lives with his or her partner in a non-marital relationship; a cohabiting partner.
Meaning: Having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance; arrogant, pretentious, conceited.
Meaning: A South African
Meaning: Angry; irritated
Meaning: A roadside restaurant or street stall with a seating area, selling cooked food at low prices.
Meaning: A catch of unwanted fish
- cab sav
Meaning: Red wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape
- Cancel culture
Meaning: Call for the withdrawal of support from a public figure, usually in response to an accusation of a socially unacceptable action or comment.
- chicken finger
Meaning: A narrow strip of chicken meat, esp. from the breast, coated in breadcrumbs or batter and deep-fried.
- Chicken noodle soup
Meaning: A soup made with chicken and noodles, sometimes popularly regarded as a remedy for all ailments or valued for its restorative properties
Meaning: Used as a term of endearment, especially for a child or woman
Meaning: Resembling or characteristic of a chipmunk, typically with reference to a person having prominent cheeks or a perky, mischievous character.
Meaning: Short trousers, shorts. Now it usually means underwear; underpants.
- Contact tracing
Meaning: The practice of identifying and monitoring individuals who may have had contact with an infectious person
Meaning: Not involving contact (physical and technological meanings of contactless are being used much more frequently).
Meaning: Extreme or irrational fear of clowns
Meaning: An acute respiratory illness in humans caused by a coronavirus, which is capable of producing severe symptoms and death, esp. in the elderly
Meaning: An image or recording that has been convincingly altered to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said
Meaning: The (proposed or imagined) revival of an extinct species, typically by cloning or selective breeding.
Meaning: A person who or thing which deletes something.
Meaning: To deprive (a person, business, vehicle, etc.) of a license providing official permission to operate
Meaning: The policy or stance of denying the existence or reality of something, esp. something which is supported by the majority of scientific evidence.
Meaning: A person who denies the existence or reality of something, esp. something which is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence
Meaning: The action or process of removing the negative connotation or social stigma associated with something
Meaning: Stupid, dim-witted; uninformed, clueless.
Meaning: The action of using a military drone or a similar commercially available device
Meaning: An electric bike
Meaning: A state of stress caused by concern for the earth’s environment
Meaning: The quality or fact of being enough; sufficiency, adequacy.
- Epidemic curve
Meaning: A visual representation in the form of a graph or chart depicting the onset and progression of an outbreak of disease in a particular population
Meaning: Worthless or inferior electronic text or content
Meaning: Fancy, showy, flashy; stylish, sophisticated; fashionable, exotic. Often used disparagingly, implying ostentation or pretentiousness.
- forehead thermometer
Meaning: A thermometer that is placed on, passed over, or pointed at the forehead to measure a person’s body temperature.
Meaning: A condom.
- hair doughnut
Meaning: A doughnut-shaped sponge or similar material used as the support for a doughnut bun or similar updo
Meaning: Of a person having a powerful, muscular physique; fit, strong.
Meaning: Used as a gender-neutral possessive adjective (his/her/hir watch). In later use often corresponding to the subjective pronoun ze (he/she/ze wears a watch).
Meaning: A Danish word for a quality of cosiness that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family
Meaning: Someone who affects or changes the way that other people behave:
Meaning: An obnoxious, detestable, or stupid person (esp. a male). Often as a contemptuous form of address.
Meaning: Meaning to talk admiringly, enthusiastically, or proudly about something
Meaning: Given to or characterized by complaining or criticizing; ill-tempered, irritable.
Meaning: To laugh out loud; to be amused.
Meaning: A confection consisting of two small, round (usually colourful) biscuits with a meringue-like consistency
Meaning: To construct, fix, or modify (something) in an improvised or inventive way, typically by making use of whatever items are at hand
- mama put
Meaning: A street vendor, typically a woman, selling cooked food at low prices from a handcart or stall. Also a street stall or roadside restaurant.
Meaning: A tendency towards repeatedly or habitually mentioning something (esp. the name of a person one is infatuated with), regardless of its relevance to the topic of conversation
Meaning: To direct tailored advertisements, political messages, etc., at (people) based on detailed information about them
Meaning: The action or fact of mistaking or misstating a person’s gender, esp. of addressing or referring to a transgender person in terms that do not reflect…
- next tomorrow
Meaning: The day after tomorrow.
- oat milk
Meaning: A milky liquid prepared from oats, used as a drink and in cooking
Meaning: The action or process of integrating a new employee into an organisation, team, etc
- patient zero
Meaning: Is defined as a person identified as the first to become infected with an illness or disease in an outbreak
Meaning: A person who is convinced of the goodwill of others towards himself or herself
Meaning: A young or baby echidna or platypus.
Meaning: A dog cross-bred from a pug and a beagle; such dogs considered collectively as a breed.
Meaning: The action or practice of bribing electors in order to gain their votes, especially by providing free alcohol
- rat tamer
Meaning: Colloquial meaning for a psychologist or psychiatrist
Meaning: An employee accountable to a particular manager
Meaning: Colloquial the practice adopted by some people, especially on social media, of exaggerating claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy
Meaning: The restriction of a piece of software or code to a specific environment in a computer system in which it can be run securely
Meaning: Colloquial a schnitzel, especially a chicken schnitzel
Meaning: A proprietary name for a two-wheeled motorised personal vehicle
Meaning: To isolate oneself from others deliberately; to undertake self-imposed isolation for a period of time
Meaning: A female hero; a heroine.
Meaning: Designed to be used once and then disposed of or destroyed
Meaning: Drunk, intoxicated. In later use also under the influence of marijuana
Meaning: To delay or prevent the progress of (something) by acting in a deliberately slow manner
- social distancing
Meaning: The action of practice of maintaining a specified physical distance from other people, or of limiting access to and contact between people
Meaning: Colloquial (humorous) (sometimes derogatory) a stepmother
- tag rugby
Meaning: A non-contact, simplified form of rugby in which the removal of a tag attached to the ball carrier constitutes a tackle
Meaning: Ruled, governed by, or subject to the authority of God
Meaning: Showing a strong desire for attention, approval, or publicity.
- title bar
Meaning: A horizontal bar at the top of a program window, used to display information such as the name of the program in use, the file or web page that is active.
Meaning: Love of, or emotional connection to, a particular place or physical environment
Meaning: A seemingly truthful quality not supported by facts or evidence
Meaning: UnFinished Object: In knitting, sewing, quilting, etc.: an unfinished piece of work
Meaning: To come to understand (something mysterious, puzzling, or complicated); to solve (a mystery, etc.)
- weak sauce
Meaning: That lacks power, substance, or credibility; pathetic, worthless; stupid.
Meaning: An abbreviation for “working from home.”
Meaning: Work in progress
Meaning: A spiralised strand of zucchini, sometimes used as a substitute for pasta
Meaning: Fear or worry at the idea of being without your phone or unable to use it.
- Carbon sink
Meaning: A forest, ocean, or another natural environment’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Using new English words from 2020 in a sentence