Humblebrag, amazeballs, listicle? Oxford adds a host of bizarre new words to their dictionary

By Kirstin Buick
15 August 2014

The newest edition of Oxford Dictionary Online includes words like humblebrag, listicle and side-eye. We look at some of the newest additions and what they mean.

That “adorbs” video of the “cray-cray” newlyweds dancing at their wedding is “amazeballs”! Adorbs, cray and amazeballs are some of the newest additions to Here are some of our favourite new words:

Adorbs is used to describe something adorable.

Example: Her new Labrador puppy is so adorbs.

Amazeballs can now be used instead of amazing.

Example: The Guardians of the Galaxy movie is amazeballs.

Baller refers to someone who is very successful and lives a lavish lifestyle.

Example: She’s only buys designer clothes and drinks French champagne. What a baller!

If you binge-watch a TV-show, you watch several episodes in rapid succession.

Example: I binge-watched The Walking Dead until two in the morning.

Cray (or cray-cray) is an abbreviation for crazy.

Example: When I broke-up with her, she went cray cray.

A listicle is an article on the internet in the form of a list.

Example: This article is an example of a listicle.

Vape is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapour from an e-cigarette.

Example: Is vaping e-cigarettes better than smoking normal cigarettes?

Hate-watch refers to watching a TV series for the sole purpose of mocking it.

Example: I love to hate-watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

The humblebrag is a boastful statement disguised as a self-critical statement.

Example: He humblebraged on Facebook by saying he’s exhausted from travelling overseas for holiday all the time.

Side-eye refers to a judgemental or critical sidelong glance.

Example: Did you see John side-eye his ex-girlfriend when she showed up with her new boyfriend?

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