20 Delightful Words Rejected From The Oxford English Dictionary (And Their Meanings)

Have you ever struggled to find the perfect word to capture a situation or emotion? The Oxford English Dictionary might contain over 170k words, but despite frequently adding words from the modern lexicon, not all words make the cut. The creators of The Book of Everyone have discovered that there’s a secret (not so secret anymore) vault owned by the Oxford University Press that stores words that have been rejected to be included in the dictionary. Scroll down to see them all and don’t forget to add a new word suggestion in comments!

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This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

This word was rejected from The Oxford English Dictionary.

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  1. Andalla Juma July 25, 2019

    Excellent work to rejected a chaotic additional

  2. Gabriela July 25, 2019

    Peppier, Sprummer, Parrotise, pregreen. Are good

  3. Diana July 25, 2019

    Reminds me of Douglas Adams’ gorgeous dictionary “The Meaning of Liff”

  4. Anonymous July 25, 2019

    exhaustipated: too tired to give a shit

  5. E July 25, 2019

    Sorry but locavore is already common.

  6. Levia July 25, 2019

    I can’t wait to use these on Grandiloquent Word of the Day – that’ll stump them!

  7. Levia July 25, 2019

    Seriously, some of these words don’t have any synonyms that I know of and are useful!

  8. Anonymous July 26, 2019

    Nonversation is the best rejected word..

  9. Anonymous July 26, 2019

    Infinchment: architect pretending to be the inventor/designer by claiming copyright after stealing an idea/ invention/ design from a private person/ entrepreneur/ inventor (= misuse of copyright) which he professionally visualized. This often happens in the world of architecture, where architects pretend to be more creative than they actually are, like in the case of finchbuildings.

  10. Anonymous July 26, 2019

    My English teacher committed suicide.

  11. Denise Nilsson July 26, 2019

    CONGRADOLANCES: Said when a situation should be both congratulated and sympathies expressed (e.g., when a person has received their first speeding ticket).

  12. Janene July 26, 2019

    I use smushables all the time!

  13. pjcamp July 27, 2019

    Whinese. >snork!<

  14. Pinky July 29, 2019

    So are they saving them to see if they might catch on. Some of them are already in common usage. I have heard locavor used quite a bit.

  15. Anonymous July 29, 2019

    peppier is a sniglet.

  16. limegreen2020 August 24, 2019

    Polkadodge is a shame we all do it, we will always do it.
    Who gives way to whom, it’s one of life’s most awkward moments.

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