101 new English words And Phrases you should know in 2020 - vocabulary

New English Words And Phrases in 2020

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

  1. A-game
    Meaning: One’s highest level of performance

  2. Ambigue
    Meaning: An ambiguous statement or expression.

  3. Anglosphere
    Meaning: English-speaking countries considered collectively (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Ireland).

  4. Anti-suffragism
    Meaning: Opposition to the extension of the right to vote in political elections to women; the political movement dedicated to this.

  5. Aperol
    Meaning: A proprietary name for an orange-coloured Italian aperitif flavoured with gentian, rhubarb, and a variety of herbs and roots.

  6. April Fool’s
    Meaning:
    April Fool’s Day (1 April), a day on which tricks or hoaxes are traditionally perpetrated

  7. ar
    Meaning: Used to express a range of emotions or responses, esp. affirmation, assent, or agreement.

  8. Arr
    Meaning:
    In humorous representations of the speech of pirates expressing approval, triumph, warning, etc.

  9. 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.

  10. Athleisure
    Meaning:
    Casual, comfortable clothing or footwear designed to be suitable for both exercise and everyday wear

  11. Aucklander
    Meaning:
    A native or inhabitant of city or region of Auckland, New Zealand.

  12. Awedde
    Meaning: Overcome with anger, madness, or distress; insane, mentally disturbed.

  13. Awe-inspiringly
    Meaning: So impressively, spectacularly, or formidably as to arouse or inspire awe.

  14. Awesomesauce
    Meaning: Extremely good; excellent.

  15. Awfulize
    Meaning: To class as awful or terrible

  16. Awfy
    Meaning: Terrible, dreadful; remarkable or notable.

  17. Awfy
    Meaning: As simple intensive; very, exceedingly, extremely.

  18. bidie-in
    Meaning:
    A person who lives with his or her partner in a non-marital relationship; a cohabiting partner.

  19. Bigsie
    Meaning:
    Having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance; arrogant, pretentious, conceited.

  20. Bok
    Meaning:
    A South African

  21. Broigus
    Meaning:
    Angry; irritated

  22. Bukateria
    Meaning:
    A roadside restaurant or street stall with a seating area, selling cooked food at low prices.

  23. By-catch
    Meaning:
    A catch of unwanted fish

  24. cab sav
    Meaning:
    Red wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape

  25. 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.

  26. chicken finger
    Meaning:
    A narrow strip of chicken meat, esp. from the breast, coated in breadcrumbs or batter and deep-fried.

  27. 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

  28. Chickie
    Meaning:
    Used as a term of endearment, especially for a child or woman

  29. Chipmunky
    Meaning:
    Resembling or characteristic of a chipmunk, typically with reference to a person having prominent cheeks or a perky, mischievous character.

  30. Chuddies
    Meaning:
    Short trousers, shorts. Now it usually means underwear; underpants.

  31. Contact tracing
    Meaning:
    The practice of identifying and monitoring individuals who may have had contact with an infectious person

  32. Contactless
    Meaning:
    Not involving contact (physical and technological meanings of contactless are being used much more frequently).

  33. Coulrophobia
    Meaning:
    Extreme or irrational fear of clowns

  34. Covid-19
    Meaning:
    An acute respiratory illness in humans caused by a coronavirus, which is capable of producing severe symptoms and death, esp. in the elderly

  35. Deepfake
    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

  36. De-extinction
    Meaning:
    The (proposed or imagined) revival of an extinct species, typically by cloning or selective breeding.

  37. Deleter
    Meaning:
    A person who or thing which deletes something.

  38. Delicense
    Meaning:
    To deprive (a person, business, vehicle, etc.) of a license providing official permission to operate

  39. Denialism
    Meaning:
    The policy or stance of denying the existence or reality of something, esp. something which is supported by the majority of scientific evidence.

  40. Denialist
    Meaning:
    A person who denies the existence or reality of something, esp. something which is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence

  41. Destigmatizing
    Meaning:
    The action or process of removing the negative connotation or social stigma associated with something

  42. dof
    Meaning:
    Stupid, dim-witted; uninformed, clueless.

  43. Droning
    Meaning:
    The action of using a military drone or a similar commercially available device

  44. E-bike
    Meaning:
    An electric bike

  45. eco-anxiety
    Meaning:
    A state of stress caused by concern for the earth’s environment

  46. enoughness
    Meaning:
    The quality or fact of being enough; sufficiency, adequacy.

  47. 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

  48. e-waste
    Meaning:
    Worthless or inferior electronic text or content

  49. fantoosh
    Meaning:
    Fancy, showy, flashy; stylish, sophisticated; fashionable, exotic. Often used disparagingly, implying ostentation or pretentiousness.

  50. forehead thermometer
    Meaning:
    A thermometer that is placed on, passed over, or pointed at the forehead to measure a person’s body temperature.

  51. franger
    Meaning:
    A condom.

  52. hair doughnut
    Meaning:
    A doughnut-shaped sponge or similar material used as the support for a doughnut bun or similar updo

  53. hench
    Meaning:
    Of a person having a powerful, muscular physique; fit, strong.

  54. hir
    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).

  55. hygge
    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

  56. influencer
    Meaning:
    Someone who affects or changes the way that other people behave:

  57. jerkweed
    Meaning:
    An obnoxious, detestable, or stupid person (esp. a male). Often as a contemptuous form of address.

  58. kvell
    Meaning:
    Meaning to talk admiringly, enthusiastically, or proudly about something

  59. kvetchy
    Meaning:
    Given to or characterized by complaining or criticizing; ill-tempered, irritable.

  60. LOL
    Meaning:
    To laugh out loud; to be amused.

  61. macaron
    Meaning:
    A confection consisting of two small, round (usually colourful) biscuits with a meringue-like consistency

  62. MacGyver
    Meaning:
    To construct, fix, or modify (something) in an improvised or inventive way, typically by making use of whatever items are at hand

  63. 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.

  64. mentionitis
    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

  65. microtarget
    Meaning:
    To direct tailored advertisements, political messages, etc., at (people) based on detailed information about them

  66. misgendering
    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…

  67. next tomorrow
    Meaning: The day after tomorrow.

  68. oat milk
    Meaning: A milky liquid prepared from oats, used as a drink and in cooking

  69. onboarding
    Meaning: The action or process of integrating a new employee into an organisation, team, etc

  70. patient zero
    Meaning: Is defined as a person identified as the first to become infected with an illness or disease in an outbreak

  71. pronoid
    Meaning: A person who is convinced of the goodwill of others towards himself or herself

  72. puggle
    Meaning: A young or baby echidna or platypus.

  73. puggle
    Meaning: A dog cross-bred from a pug and a beagle; such dogs considered collectively as a breed.

  74. quilling
    Meaning: The action or practice of bribing electors in order to gain their votes, especially by providing free alcohol

  75. rat tamer
    Meaning: Colloquial meaning for a psychologist or psychiatrist

  76. report
    Meaning: An employee accountable to a particular manager

  77. sadfishing
    Meaning: Colloquial the practice adopted by some people, especially on social media, of exaggerating claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy

  78. sandboxing
    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

  79. schnitty
    Meaning: Colloquial a schnitzel, especially a chicken schnitzel

  80. Segway
    Meaning: A proprietary name for a two-wheeled motorised personal vehicle

  81. self-isolate
    Meaning: To isolate oneself from others deliberately; to undertake self-imposed isolation for a period of time

  82. shero
    Meaning: A female hero; a heroine.

  83. single-use
    Meaning: Designed to be used once and then disposed of or destroyed

  84. skunked
    Meaning: Drunk, intoxicated. In later use also under the influence of marijuana

  85. slow-walk
    Meaning: To delay or prevent the progress of (something) by acting in a deliberately slow manner

  86. 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

  87. stepmonster
    Meaning: Colloquial (humorous) (sometimes derogatory) a stepmother

  88. 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

  89. theonomous
    Meaning: Ruled, governed by, or subject to the authority of God

  90. thirstry
    Meaning: Showing a strong desire for attention, approval, or publicity.

  91. 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.

  92. topophilia
    Meaning: Love of, or emotional connection to, a particular place or physical environment

  93. truthiness
    Meaning: A seemingly truthful quality not supported by facts or evidence

  94. UFO
    Meaning: UnFinished Object: In knitting, sewing, quilting, etc.: an unfinished piece of work

  95. unfathom
    Meaning: To come to understand (something mysterious, puzzling, or complicated); to solve (a mystery, etc.)

  96. weak sauce
    Meaning: That lacks power, substance, or credibility; pathetic, worthless; stupid.

  97. WFH
    Meaning: An abbreviation for “working from home.”

  98. WIP
    Meaning: Work in progress

  99. zoodle
    Meaning: A spiralised strand of zucchini, sometimes used as a substitute for pasta

  100. Nomophobia
    Meaning: Fear or worry at the idea of being without your phone or unable to use it.

  101. Carbon sink
    Meaning: A forest, ocean, or another natural environment’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


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