Skip to main content added over 300 new words, like 'alt-right' and 'hangry'

From "cold brew" to "Dad bod," these are's new words.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original: is the latest reference website to add a bunch of new words that people are using these days.

The site announced over 300 new words "reflecting everything from news stories to fashion trends." They also updated the definitions for several existing words whose meanings have changed a bit with the times.

A lot of the new terms are connected to politics and identity, such as:

alt-right: A politicalmovementoriginatingonsocialmediaandonlineforums, composedofasegmentofconservativeswhosupportextremeright-wingideologies,includingwhitenationalismandanti-Semitism.


Black Lives Matter: A politicalandsocialmovementoriginatingamongAfricanAmericans, emphasizingbasichumanrightsandracialequalityforblackpeople andcampaigningagainstvariousformsofracism.

"Our users turn to us to define the words they see, hear, and read — and in today’s highly politicized world, we play a necessary role in helping users dissect the meaning of words heard in this period of political discourse,” Liz McMillan, CEO of, said in a statement.

The dictionary tweeted out GIFs of some of the new words and phrases, like Dad bod:

There's plenty more playful slang like "slay," "hangry," "bitchface," and "cheat day," as well as a bunch of food words like "cold brew" and "superfood."

There's even a few weed terms thrown in, including "420" and "Kush." The dictionary says this reflects "broader acceptance of marijuana use and culture, as it’s becoming medically and recreationally legal across the country."

You can see more words added here.

Last November, named “Xenophobia” its word of the year for 2016. And earlier this year, Merriam-Webster also updated their online dictionary, adding over 1,000 terms like “face palm,” “photobomb,” and “binge-watch.”

This story is part of our Best of the Web section – which is just cool stuff we find online and want to share with you.

Next Up


Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

storm, severe

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued in Minnesota

In addition to possible tornadoes, there is a threat for damaging winds and very large hail.

House sale keys door

High prices, stiff competition putting off homebuyers in Twin Cities

Prices continue to rise in the metro, but there are signs of buyer fatigue.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Medford man dies in Le Sueur County crash

The 49-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Denisovan molar

MN researcher part of team behind 'revolutionary' discovery of ancient tooth in Laos

The molar found in a remote cave is believed to have belonged to a Denisovan girl who lived 164,000-130,000 years ago.

Eagle Ridge Middle School

Charges: Sting catches MN principal trying to hire child prostitute

Authorities alleged Mohamed Selim attempted to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex on Tuesday.

cub donuts 1

Nominate a 'local hero' to get a dozen Cub donuts from Salvation Army

The organization is looking for 1,000 volunteers to help with the effort in the metro.

Minnesota State Patrol helicopter windshield broken after duck flies through it.

Duck smashes through chopper window and hits State Patrol pilot

Two pilots were on the aircraft at the time, with one of them sustaining a head injury.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 19

It's been 805 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnesota on March 5, 2020.


Hilarious election ad from Texan politician goes viral

The self-deprecating video is funnier than what we normally see from political ads.

Discover what your Patronus looks like

You know you've always wanted to figure out what your Patronus would be.

Looking for a new read? Here are the Minnesota Book Award winners

Looking for a new read? Here's the best in Minnesota literature.

C-A-M- ... wait, how do you spell that word again?

Spell the word that means, "Surface designed to blend into the background or environment."