V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a recently invented word; 2. the practice of coming up with or coining new words

Synonyms: new word, coined word


Tips: Neologism comes from two, perhaps familiar, Greek words: neo, "new," and logos, "word."

Usage Examples:

The teacher circled the word "horrification" on the student's paper and wrote "neologism?" with a question mark. (coined word)

Merriam Webster's website suggested "chillaxin" as a possible neologism combining the words "chilling" and "relaxing." (new word)

The writer was famous for his inventive style and successful creation of several neologisms. (new words)

The hip-hop culture has recently invented many neologisms, such as "bootylicious." (new words)

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