word of the year
The use of the term popularized by Gen Z peaked in June following a BuzzFeed interview with Tom Holland.
Other top-searched words include "oligarch" and "omicron."
"It's probably the word by which we'll refer to this period in the future,” the dictionary's editor at large said.
The decision came after a 313% search increase on the company's website.
It beat "representation," "self-made" and "backlash" for the annual title.
Gaslighting, incel, big dick energy and overtourism all made the shortlist.
Merriam-Webster's 2017 word of the year had an overall 70 percent increase in its searches compared to the year before.
2017 has been a year of speaking out about bad behavior, silence and inaction.