March 14, 2022

New Year, New Words!

Every year, a new slate of words gets added to the dictionary, and with them come new chances to score points in your latest game of Words With Friends! These new dictionary words can come from anywhere; pop culture, food, current events, medicine or so many more places. And, while not all of these new words are yet legal in Words With Friends, finding out what new words were added to the dictionary this year will prepare you for the moment they hit your game board!

New Dictionary Words That are Words With Friends Legal

These words are all primed and ready to be used in your Words With Friends game. Had you heard of any of these words before this year? Have you managed to utilize any of them, and exercise your brain? Which are your favorites?

  • Bammy

    16 points

    n. in Jamaican cookery, a round flatbread made from cassava flour. Also more fully bammy bread, bammy cake

  • Fingle

    13 points

    v. to handle (something) with the fingers; to touch all over

  • Hygge

    13 points

    n. a cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable

  • Okatu

    10 points

    n. a person having an intense or obsessive interest especially in the fields of anime and manga

  • Flex

    15 points

    v. an act of bragging or showing off

  • Cogeneration

    19 points

    v. The generation of electricity and useful heat jointly; esp. the utilization of the steam left over from electricity generation for heating.

New Dictionary Words that are Not Yet Legal in Words With Friends

While these words aren’t yet legal in Words With Friends, there is still value in getting familiar with them. Many of them represent new developments in pop culture or current events, and brushing up on their definitions will help you navigate through your daily life. And if that’s not reason enough, adding them to your vocabulary will prepare you for the day they are legal in Words With Friends! With these, and other powerful words from 2021, you’ll get the jump on your competition!


an abbreviation for “to be honest.” TBH is frequently used in social media and text messaging.


One of the few new slang words used in writing for “am I right” to represent or imitate the use of this phrase as a tag question in informal speech. An example: “English spelling is consistently inconsistent, amirite?”


to remove and ban (a registered user) from a mass communication medium (such as a social networking or blogging website) broadly : to prevent from having or providing a platform to communicate.


data (such as a block of text) that has been copied and spread widely online. Copypasta can be a lighthearted meme or it can have a more serious intent, with a political or cultural message.


a unit of measure for the calculating speed of a computer equal to one trillion. The flop in teraflop stands for “floating-point operation”; tera- means “trillion.” Fast computer speed makes for quicker computer response and better graphics for video games.


a mixture of cornstarch and water that behaves like a liquid when at rest and like a solid when pressure is applied. Oobleck gets its name from the title of a story by Dr. Seuss, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and is a favorite component in kids’ science experiments.


a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow crème between two slices of white sandwich bread.


a small piece of pork belly or pig skin that is fried and eaten usually as a snack : pork rind also : a piece of food that resembles a chicharron.


the therapeutic use of salt usually by inhalation of an aerosol composed chiefly of fine salt particles and circulated in an enclosed area. Halotherapy is used as a treatment for asthma, bronchitis, and allergies.


a measure of the concentration of a substance (such as an antibody) in a blood sample that is obtained by subjecting the sample to serial dilutions (as with saline) to determine the maximum dilution at which the sample retains a specific activity (such as neutralizing an antigen) and that is often expressed as a ratio (such as 1:200).

New Definitions Added to Existing Words

Each year, there are more adjustments to the dictionary than the words that are added. There is also a list of words which gain new definitions. Here are just a few of those old words with new definitions!

  • Clean

    10 points

    adj. Of a fuel, source of energy, technology, etc.: (originally) producing few air pollutants; (in later use also, and now chiefly) producing relatively

  • Climate

    14 points

    n. As a modifier, designating emotional or psychological states arising from concerns over the impact of climate change and global warming, as climate

  • Digester

    11 points

    n. A tank or apparatus in which organic waste material, typically sewage, is decomposed by microbial action; a biodigester or anaerobic digester

  • Offshore

    16 points

    adj. Designating equipment, installations, etc., located in oceans or other large bodies of water and used to generate electricity from renewable source

  • Unsustainable

    21 points

    adj. That creates ecological imbalance or degradation, typically by the long-lasting or permanent depletion of finite natural resources.

New Phrases in the Dictionary

Not all new additions to the dictionary are single words. Because they’re more than one word, these obviously won’t make their way to Words With Friends anytime soon (at least until we come up with a “space” tile. Hmmm), but they can be fun to read through, just to see what’s new in the world of words!

Dad Bod

a physique regarded as typical of an average father; especially : one that is slightly overweight and not extremely muscular.

Dad Joke

a joke that is regarded as weak or corny, especially one involving a labored pun

Doorbell Camera

a small camera that is designed for use on an exterior door, that includes or connects to a doorbell, and that often has a built-in microphone and speaker.

Small Ball

a strategy for progressing towards a goal by proceeding in small steps or by addressing small matters.

Fourth Trimester

the three month period immediately following giving birth in which the mother typically recovers from childbirth and adjusts to caring for her infant; especially : the first three months of an infant’s life.


a person who hastily or furtively leaves a restaurant, café, etc, to avoid paying for his or her meal

Ghost Kitchen

a commercial cooking facility used for the preparation of food consumed off the premises – called also cloud kitchen, dark kitchen

Closing paragraph

So, have you got all that? It’s true, there are so many new words and phrases that have been added to the dictionary that it may be a bit difficult to remember them all. But don’t worry, there won’t be a test. So long as you manage to keep working them into your daily lives, and games of Words With Friends, all of these words will eventually become second nature. If you have gotten all these down already (way to go!), then why not check out these words with Y, which can also improve your Words With Friends game? And as always, we’ll see you on the board!

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