Scrabble added 300 new words to its dictionary — these are the 22 most controversial ones you can use to win

Betsssssy/FlickrMerriam-Webster released the sixth edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.’
  • The 6th edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionariy” includes 300 new words.
  • Words like “twerk” and “Sriracha” made the cut.
  • Here are more of the wildest new words that are officially Scrabble approved.
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The 6th edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” was released by Merriam-Webster last September and boasts 300 new words. It was last updated in 2014.

We’ve rounded up 21 of the most controversial new words that are officially Scrabble approved. That includes some that you could have sworn were already in there, like “zen” and “ew,” to words you might have never heard of, like “bokeh” or “aquafaba.” Plus, we included their definitions from the online Scrabble Dictionary.

Keep reading to see what words you need to add to your repertoire as soon as possible.


OK – (adjective) all right


John Pratt/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesGross.

Ew – (interjection) used to express disgust


J. Bicking/ShutterstockWake up, sheeple.

Sheeple – (noun) people likened to sheep


Twerk – (verb) to dance by shaking the buttocks while squatting


Disney/LucasfilmTotal shock.

Yowza – (interjection) used to express surprise


Elizabeth Winterbourne/ShutterstockPuggles are a mix of pugs and beagles.

Puggle – (noun) a kind of dog


Paramount Domestic TelevisionUnamused.

Facepalm – (verb) to cover the face with the hand


Bizjet – (noun) a small aeroplane used for business


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesNot going far at all.

Nubber – (noun) a weakly hit ball


Steven Depolo / FlickrSriracha hot sauce.

Sriracha – (noun) a spicy pepper sauce


VCG/Getty ImagesZombie costumes.

Zomboid – (adjective) resembling zombies


Edoardo Maggio/Business InsiderEmojis.

Emoji – (noun) a small computer symbol used to express emotion


Columbia PicturesIt stems from Zen Buddhism.

Zen – (noun) a state of calm attentiveness


Michal Osmenda/Wikimedia CommonsMacarons are a popular French pastry.

Macaron – (noun) a cookie with filling in the middle


ShutterstockIt’s named after the town of Cotija in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

Cotija – (noun) a Mexican cheese


Flickr/kennejimaA plate of arancini.

Arancini – (plural noun) balls of cooked rice


Ashley Allen/Getty ImagesChristian Pulisic of the US Men’s National Team reacts to their loss to Trinidad and Tobago during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match.

Schneid – (noun) a series of losses


sangsoo lee/ShutterstockBibimbap.

Bibimbap – (noun) a dish of cooked rice and vegetables


Olya Detry/ShutterstockAquafaba.

Aquafaba – (noun) the liquid that results when beans are cooked in water


Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesLike a beehive.

Hivemind – (noun) the shared ideas of a group


ShutterstockIt’s a Japanese word.

Bokeh – (noun) the blurred quality of a photograph


Bestie – (noun) a person who someone likes very much

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