Did you know?

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

To try to sell something - synonyms or related words

spruik

verb

Australian

informal

to try to persuade someone to do or buy something, often in a dishonest or exaggerated way

pitch

verb

to try to sell something by saying how good it is

drum up

to try to make people support you or buy something from you

woo

verb

to try to persuade people to support you or to buy something from you, especially by saying and doing nice things

hawk

verb

to try and persuade people to buy or accept something, especially something of bad quality

tout

verb

to try to persuade people to buy something by telling them about it, especially loudly and in public

push

verb

informal

to try to make people buy a product or accept an idea

boost

verb

to try to make people want to buy a product, visit a place etc, by talking about it publicly in a very positive way

conlang

… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

spogs

spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles

add a word

Blog

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