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Amazeballs

One of the newest words to be included in the Oxford online dictionary, amazeballs is slang for something awesome or particularly fantastic. The term originated in 2003. Users should be cautious as spellcheckers and most professional or academic institutions will still consider this word incorrect.

Amazeballs is a derivative of amaze, which means to cause admiration or wonderment. The term comes from masian which meant to confuse or perplex. Over the centuries the term gained a good connotation. Though we would say the term has not completely lost the meaning of making the amazed person feel slightly confused, usually with how the said amazing thing was accomplished.


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Other derivatives of amaze include amazed, amazing, and amazedly.

Examples

Is ‘amazeballs’ acceptable on British Scrabble boards? [BBC]

Other new words and expressions in the database are “amazeballs,” “bro hug,” “Deep Web,” (a part of the Internet invisible to most search engines) and “listicle,” an article on the Internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list. [LA Times]

Taylor Swift Won’t Apologize For Looking Amazeballs After The Gym [Gloss]

Sa’Fyre’s progress and exuberance continues to amaze Dolder, who has adopted the girl. [Times Union]

Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo, who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. [BWW]

She can dance, perform, sing, play the guitar and the piano and she looks amazing. [Sydney Morning Herald]

I am suitably impressed and look amazedly at my child, who has inspired such devotion from a genius in the space of the two weeks since school began. [Live Mint]

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