Douchebaggery! Amazeballs! Oxford Dictionaries’ latest words

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Okey-doke, spiel over, here’s a list of new words with their meanings and usage which appear in the latest update of Hot mess? Douchebaggery? SMH? Amazeballs? WDYT? Go through the list and see what do you think (yes, WDYT) of the new entries. Bangarang!


An act or instance of buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for the products or services it supplies:this would appear to be a straight acquihire to pick up an engineering and product design team


Buy out (a company) primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for its products or services: the start-ups are being acquihired in a bid to harvest their talent

Origin: Early 21st century: blend of acquisition and hire.


Adjective, informal

Extremely good or impressive; amazing:

the atmosphere was nothing special but the food was amazeballs

she looks amazeballs

thanks for hosting another amazeballs party

Origin: Early 21st century: humorous alteration of amazing.

Air punch


An act of thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph or elation:

the verdict was greeted with cheers and air punches by her family and friends



US, informal

Opposed to vaccination:

anti-vax parents


1990s: from anti- + vax.



A person or device that makes or forms something into balls:

a melon baller

More example sentences

US, informal A player of a ball game, especially a talented basketball player:

he’s a baller who will take an open shot or create one

A successful person, typically one who has a lavish or self-indulgent lifestyle:

who doesn’t feel like a baller sipping whiskey out of a personalized glass?


US, informal

Extremely good or impressive; excellent:

it was a pretty baller time, overall

this place is baller!


British, informal

A large amount or number of:

my birthday’s on the 22nd—I’m gonna get bare cash

I’ve got bare work to do

you can’t promote your party all over Twitter and then get mad when bare people show up


British, informal

Very; really (used as an intensifier):

that girl is bare lazy

I’m in a bare good mood for once




Watch multiple episodes of (a television programme) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming:

you can binge-watch the entire season with this set



Cause (a smartphone or other electronic device) to become completely unable to function, typically on a permanent basis:

installing an unofficial OS voids the warranty and may brick the phone

Bro hug

US, informal

Another term for man hug.

they had a little bro hug in front of the cameras


US, informal

Lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona:

he was being catfished by a cruel prankster

a victim of catfishing

[originally with reference to the 2010 documentary film Catfish, which concerns such a relationship]


Noun, informal

(On the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page:

these recent reports of the show’s imminent demise are hyperbolic clickbait

Cord cutter



A person who cancels or forgoes a pay television subscription or landline phone connection in favour of an alternative Internet-based or wireless service:

the ranks of the cord cutters are growing, adding to the incipient rebellion around pay TV



British, informal

Spend time relaxing:

I’m still up—just been cotching on the sofa since I got in

Stay or sleep somewhere on a temporary basis:

looks like I’m cotching on the streets tonight

Origin: Late 19th century (in Jamaican English, in sense ‘rest, lean on something for support’)

Cray (also cray-cray)


US, informal


I have a feeling this is gonna get cray

she’s cray cray


early 21st century: Abbreviation.

Doncha (also dontcha)



Don’t you:

why doncha write me a nice song

dontcha trust me?



North American, informal

Obnoxious or contemptible behaviour:

no one gets away with that much douchebaggery without consequences


Verb (doxes, doxing, doxed or doxxes, doxxing, doxxed)


Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent:

hackers and online vigilantes routinely dox both public and private figures


early 21st century: alteration of docs, plural of doc (short for document).

e-cig (also e-cigarette)


Another term for electronic cigarette.


Vulgar slang

Fuck my life! (used to express dismay at a frustrating or irritating personal situation).



US, informal

Characteristic of a student fraternity or its members (often with reference to rowdy behaviour):

three fratty college boys

fratty bars



British, informal

(Of a man) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles:

there’s nothing funnier than seeing a really hench guy walking a tiny dog

he’s looking pretty hench

Origin: Early 21st century: perhaps from henchman.

Hot diggity

US, informal

Used to express excitement or delight:

hot diggity, I’m excited to get to use it!

I just won a hundred bucks—hot diggity dog!

hot diggity damn, this thing does everything

Origin: Early 20th century: alteration of hot dog.

Hot mess


US, informal

A person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered:

this outfit is definitely a hot mess

she is out of control and a total hot mess



A microphone that is turned on, in particular one that amplifies or broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private:

she didn’t realize that her snarky comments were being said into a hot mic




An ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud:

social media status updates are basically selfies, humblebrags, and rants

All of the dresses I thought about wearing are too big! #humblebrag


Make an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement with the actual intention of drawing attention to something of which one is proud:

she humblebragged about how ‘awful’ she looks without any make-up

(as noun humblebragging) a classic example of humblebragging


early 21st century: from humble + brag.



Characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity:

in our hyperconnected world, employees expect to work from anywhere

how instantly reachable we all are, how hyperconnected, with our smartphones, laptops, and tablets




In case you missed it (used in electronic communication to draw attention to something noteworthy):

ICYMI, here’s a link to Sunday’s podcast

In silico

Adjective and adverb

(Of scientific experiments or research) conducted or produced by means of computer modelling or computer simulation:

[As adjective]: in silico analysis of the human genome

[Adverb]: students who are too squeamish to dissect a frog can perform the procedure in silico

Origin: 1980s: Latin, literally ‘in silicon’ (with reference to the use of silicon chips in computer systems), on the pattern of in vitro and in vivo.



An article on the Internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list:

a recent BuzzFeed listicle called ‘21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity’ has attracted more than 13 million views

Origin: Early 21st century: blend of list and article.



Post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place:

I live-tweet every game

viewers live-tweet during programmes and share opinions in real-time with other viewers




(Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing:

I’m listening to a guy mansplain economics to his wife

Apparently you can’t sell a second-hand car for as much as a new one. So glad he mansplained that to me

(as noun mansplaining) your response is classic mansplaining

Origin: Early 21st century: blend of man and explain.

Nailed on


British, informal

Constituting a certainty; guaranteed to happen or definitely the case:

he thought he was nailed on for the England job

their recent record suggests that a win is not nailed on

Spurs were denied a nailed-on penalty

Very likely to win or succeed:

the nailed-on favourite for Best Picture




A growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming:

I can picture myself wearing these clothes a week from now, bits of food caught in my overgrown neckbeard

A man who is socially inept and physically unappealing, especially one who has an obsessive interest in computing:

I know people expect me to be some sort of balding, overweight neckbeard

a course that will school you to code from the console like a true neckbeard



The practice of monitoring the effects of medical drugs after they have been licensed for use, especially in order to identify and evaluate previously unreported adverse reactions:

the partnership hopes to develop diagnostic tools to improve pharmacovigilance

Origin: 1970s: from pharmaco- + vigilance.



chiefly humorous

Extreme dislike of beards:

my pogonophobia possibly stems from my inability to grow one

Origin: Mid 19th century: from Greek pōgōn ‘beard’ + -phobia.




Side boob



The side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing:

the figure-hugging creation showed off plenty of side boob



(usually the side-eye) Informal , chiefly US

A sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt:

after we complained of being ignored she kept giving me the side-eye

she casts a side-eye and nods dubiously




Shaking (or shake) my head (used in electronic communication to express disapproval, exasperation, frustration, etc.):

They’ll do anything for ratings. SMH

SMH at your silly remarks

I can both understand the outrage and SMH at it


early 21st century: sometimes also interpreted as short for so much hate.

Spit take



(Especially as a comic technique) an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising:

the goofy script and flat characters would never fly without all the spit takes and pratfalls

If I’d been drinking something when she said that, I’d have done a spit take




(On Twitter) a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism:

while he didn’t include Smith’s Twitter handle, that didn’t stop Smith from seeing the post, taking umbrage, and firing off a subtweet of his own

Origin: Early 21st century: blend of subliminal and tweet.



An automatic notification sent when a link has been created to a person’s blog post from an external website, allowing a reciprocal link to that website to be created:

we reserve the right to delete trackbacks

Trigger warning


A statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc. alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material:

there probably should be a trigger warning for people dealing with grief

trigger warning: sexual assault discussed very bluntly




Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device:

I’d rather people vaped indoors than smoked outside

many smokers have started vaping e-cigarettes to help them cut down

(as noun vaping) there’s concern that young people may take up vaping as a less harmful alternative to smoking


An electronic cigarette or similar device:

I’ve been using a vape now for 15 weeks

An act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device:

my cravings went away as soon as I took a vape


1980s (in reference to an experimental ‘non-combustible’ cigarette): abbreviation of vapour or vaporize.


vaper (Noun)



US, informal

A vaccine or vaccination:

the flu vax

Origin: 1990s: abbreviation.




What do you think? (used in electronic communication):

WDYT, guys?

WDYT of the names Ava and Ezra for a twin boy and girl?



You only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future, and often used as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behaviour):

I just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food. But YOLO, right?

the YOLO mentality has swept young adult generations

Origin: 1980s: acronym.



The hybrid offspring of a donkey and a zebra:

a zonkey has been born at an animal reserve in Florence

Origin: 1950s: blend of zebra and donkey.