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 New Words in English 


Recently-coined English words, terms and expressions with their meaning, for learners of English.


Alphabetical list of new words in English: C-F

 New words from C to F 



Here are more words and expressions that have been coined in recent years. Some can be found in official dictionaries; others may never make their way there, but new words will continue to appear as the English language adapts to innovations and trends.


  • copyleft
    • Opposite of copyright.
      Whereas copyright imposes restrictions on the distribution of a work or publication, copyleft eliminates restrictions and allows freedom of use for all.

  • cosmeceutical
    • A pharmaceutical product with beneficial effects on the skin e.g. anti-ageing creams containing a product that changes the cell biology.

  • cot potato
    • Very young child who spends a lot of time watching television.
      (cot = a baby's bed)

  • couch commerce
    • Buying goods online from one's home.

  • couch potato
    • A person who spends a lot of time sitting in front of the television.

  • cronut
    • A ring-shaped pastry that is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut.

  • crowdfunding
    • Raising money for a project by getting a large number of people to make a small financial contribution, particularly by using a website.

  • cyberbully
    • A person who uses the Internet, electronic communication or social networks to harm, harass or intimidate another person.

  • cyber cafe
    • A place which provides internet access to the public.

  • cyberchondriac
    • A person who imagines that he/she is suffering from an illness after reading about the symptoms on the Internet.

  • cyberloafing/cyberslacking
    • Using one's employer's Internet and email facilities for personal purposes during working hours.

  • daycation
    • A trip or short vacation which lasts only one day. Daycationers do not stay away overnight.

  • decruitment
    • Euphemism for laying-off staff or downsizing a company.

  • demitarian
    • A person who reduces by half their consumption of meat and animal products in order to reduce the environmental impact of their diet.

  • dench
    • Extremely attractive, fashionable, impressive, etc

  • docusoap
    • Blend of 'documentary' and 'soap'.(soap opera: sentimental TV serial)
      A 'docusoap' is a reality television programme in the style of a documentary.

  • dramedy
    • Combination of 'drama' and 'comedy'.
      A film, play or TV programme that mixes drama and comedy.

  • droolworthy
    • Something so attractive or exciting that it makes you want to have it e.g. a droolworthy dress, a droolworthy cake...

  • drug driving
    • Driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

  • duffin
    • A cake which is a combination of a muffin and a doughnut.

  • dwell time
    • The length of time spent on a website.



  • earworm
    • A tune that keeps repeating itself over and over again in our heads.

  • e-cruitment
    • Online recruitment of employees, including online submission of resumes and cover letters.

  • e-lancer
    • A professional person who works from home and sells their services on the internet.

  • emoji
    • Small icon  or digital image used to express an idea or emotion in emails, text messages and webpages.

  • emoticon
    • A blend of 'emotion' and 'icon'.
      A symbol, used in email and text messages, which is made out of punctuation marks and resembles a human face. It is used to convey the emotional attitude of the writer.

  • e-piracy
    • Electronic piracy.
      Illegal downloading of material found on the internet (films, music, etc.)

  • e-quaintance
    • A person you know only through online networks.

  • e-stalk
    • To stalk (follow) someone using Internet searches and email.

  • EV
    • Electric vehicle.
      A vehicle which runs entirely on electricity stored in rechargeable batteries.

  • e-waste
    • Electronic material and devices that have been thrown away.

  • face time
    • Application which enables people to make video phone calls. They can speak and see each other at the same time.

  • fandom
    • Blend of’ fan’ and the suffix ‘-dom’, (as in 'kingdom').
      The fans of a particular person, team, etc. regarded collectively as a community.

  • fashionista
    • A person who dresses according to the latest fashion trends.

  • favicon
    • Favourite icon.
      A tiny little graphic that appears when you bookmark a site.

  • finlit / fin lit
    • Financial literacy.
      Knowledge and understanding of financial language and issues related tofinance.



  • flame war
    • A period during which angry or rude email messages are exchanged.

  • flash mob
    • A crowd that gathers in a pre-determined place, performs an action then disperses very quickly. The mob is not told exactly what to do until just before the event.

  • flexitarian
    • A vegetarian who sometimes eats meat or fish.

  • flotus
    • First Lady Of The United States.

  • freemale
    • A woman who is happy to stay single and independent so that she can do what she wants when she wants.

  • flightmare
    • Blend of 'flight' and 'nightmare'.
      Unpleasant air travel experience (lost luggage, missed connections, etc.)

  • flog
    • A fake blog.
      A blog (online journal) which appears to have been written by an independent person but has in fact been created by a company or business in order to advertise a product or service.

  • floordrobe
    • Blend of 'floor' and 'wardrobe'.
      An untidy pile of clothes that have been dropped on the floor of a room. Teenagers tend to develop floordrobes.

  • foodoir
    • A blend of 'food' and 'memoir'.
      An account of someone's life or personal experiences, with a strong emphasis on food, often including recipes and cookery advice.

  • fracking
    • A method of extracting oil or natural gas from rock formations deep below the earth's surface, by drilling and creating cracks.

  • frape
    • Blend of ‘Facebook’ and ‘rape’.
      Making changes to someone’s Facebook pages without their knowledge or permission.

  • frenemy
    • An enemy who pretends to be your friend.

  • frostjack / frostjacking
    • A blend of the words 'frost' and 'hijack'.
      Stealing a car on a cold day when the owner leaves the engine running to defrost the windows.

  • funemployed / funemployment
    • A blend of 'fun' and 'unemployed' or 'unemployment'' meaning enjoyable unemployment.
      Someone who enjoys not having a job because they receive unemployment benefits from the state and have time for leisure and fun activities.

  • funkinetics
    • A form of energetic step aerobics that mixes exercise and soul music.

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