Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

spear-phishing - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    sending emails to a targeted group of people in an attempt to get important personal details from them; it is different from ordinary phishing because it is not sent to random people

    More advanced spear-phishing attacks have been on the rise in the past year, in part because it’s so much easier for hackers to customize enticing messages based on data pulled from social networks.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/01/2012


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play