The New Words Added To Merriam-Webster


So many new words, here are just a few!

dumbphone : a cell phone that does not include advanced software features (such as email or an internet browser) typically found on smartphones

video doorbell: a small security camera that is designed for use on an exterior door, that includes or connects to a doorbell, and that often has a microphone and speaker: DOORBELL CAMERA

microgrid: a small grid; especially: a local electrical grid (see GRID sense 2a(3)) that can be connected to a larger network but that is also capable of operating independently

supply chain: the chain of processes, businesses, etc. by which a commodity is produced and distributed: the companies, materials, and systems involved in manufacturing and delivering goods

greenwash verb 1: to make (something, such as a product, policy, or practice) appear to be more environmentally friendly or less environmentally damaging than it is 2

metaverse 1 computing: a persistent virtual environment that allows access to and interoperability of multiple individual virtual realities 

laggy: having a delayed or slow response (as to a user’s input): marked or affected by lag

surface wave: an earthquake vibration propagated near the surface of the earth

magnet fishing: the sport or hobby of using a strong magnet attached to the end of a rope to find metal objects in bodies of water

free dive: to swim beneath the surface of water especially at considerable depth without a portable breathing device and typically with a face mask and one or two flippers: to engage in freediving

mud season: a time of year (such as early spring) that is characterized by excessively muddy ground

adorkable informal: socially awkward or quirky in an endearing way

MacGyver slang: to make, form, or repair (something) with what is conveniently on hand

baller informal: excellent, exciting, or extraordinary especially in a way that is suggestive of a lavish lifestyle

cringe slang: so embarrassing, awkward, etc. as to cause one to cringe: CRINGEWORTHY