The Newest Teen Slang Trends of 2021 (2022)

Even though you’re a parent, it probably still feels like you were a teen just a few years ago in some ways. The emotions and themes of teen experience may not change much, but the one thing that certainly does change year over year is the slang that teens use. If you are a parent of teens or if you work with them, it’s helpful to have an idea of what their secret code words and phrases mean every now and then.

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Whether you’re trying to not LOL as you decode your teen’s text messages to you or whether you feel the need to utter OMG as you listen to the gossiping of your teen and their friends over lattes, you’ll need more than a Merriam-Webster dictionary to fully understand today’s lingo and slang terms. You can use this guide as your urban dictionary “cliffs notes” and also start to understand all of the memes that go around social media as an added bonus.

Okay, Boomer, now try not to feel too old as you make your way through our guide for the top 2021 teen slang words and phrases.

Extra

This is another way of saying that someone or something is too much or over the top. An example might be: “She is so extra. She talks about Karen non-stop.” Extra can also be used in a self-deprecating way.

Salty

What do pretzels, the ocean and your teen have in common? All of them can be super salty - in your teen's case, angry, upset or bitter. It can also refer to being jealous of someone else's success, as in, "My bestie got all salty when I beat her for the lead in the school play."

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Snatched

You don’t have to worry if you hear your teen saying that someone or something is snatched. It’s actually a compliment, and it could sound something like: “I love those sneakers! They are so snatched.”

Yeet

Yeet can be a stand-alone expression of excitement ("Yeet! It's the weekend!), or a verb that usually refers to throwing something with force ("If this latte has foam, I'm going to yeet it in the trash."). A #Yeet dance went viral on the short-form video platform Vine in 2014 largely thanks to a 13-year-old named Lil Meatball.

Big yikes

To use a slang word that we’ve already learned, big yikes is like yikes only extra. Think about how you might use “Yikes!” or “No way!” and then double it as in: “Big yikes! Did you see what Jared just posted on his finsta??”

Finsta

You monitor your teen’s social media and are probably even connected with them on Instagram, so you feel like you’re aware of their digital footprint, right? Unfortunately, they may have a “finsta” too, which is a secret second Instagram account. This account is hidden from parents and may tell a different story than your child’s official Instagram account.

Periodt

Think of this as the teen's version of her parent's "Because I said so," as in, no further questions, end of discussion. It can also add emphasis to a previous statement through the phrasing, "(and) that's on periodt." Remember Kanye's infamous spotlight grab during Taylor Swift's 2009 VMA acceptance? In 2021, he'd likely throw in a periodt to his claim that Beyonce was robbed of Album of the Year.

Flex

Flex is the new way to say "show off." An easy way to remember this one is to picture someone flexing their muscles. Your teen might say: “She is trying to flex all over finsta today since she received another college acceptance letter.”

No cap

This is probably equivalent to our “for real” or no “no lie” from our younger days. Teens are emphasizing that they are telling the truth with this one.

Lowkey

This is a way to describe something you want to keep on the down-low, to use one of our old slang words, or something that you don’t want to emphasize too much. For instance: “I lowkey can’t wait for this school year to be over… not that I’m mentioning this to my parents.”

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Highkey

Conversely, highkey is a way to describe something that you really want to emphasize. For example, “I highkey can’t wait for this day to end! I want to scream it from the rooftops.”

I’m dead

This is one you may have noticed in many of BuzzFeed’s “article” headlines. "I’m dead" refers to the fact that your teen is laughing so hard about something that she is dying of laughter.

Slay

Slay is a way to say someone looks amazing or did an excellent job at something. One friend might tell another: “Girl, you slayed in that game! I can’t believe how many points you scored.”

Straight Fire

Straight fire is otherwise known as "on the up and up" or better than all of the rest. It can also mean hot. Not as in temperature, but as in “That’s hot!” expressed in a positive way.

Spill the tea

If you hear your teen asking a friend to “spill the tea,” it means that they want to hear the latest gossip or story. Your teen might say, “Spill the tea! I want to hear what happened after you left the party.”

CD9

Breaker, breaker. This one may take you back to the walkie-talkie days of your youth. CD9 stands for Code 9 as in, “Can’t talk! My parents are here!”

Gucci

It's still a prominent luxury Italian fashion brand, but for most teens, gucci is synonymous with good, cool or fine (as in, "it's all gucci).

Shook

Shook is a way to describe that you are emotionally shaken or affected by something. You might hear your teen say, “I stayed up all night reading that book, and now I am shook.”

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Netflix and Chill

This one sounds nice, right? Maybe you’re at work right now thinking of how nice it would be to get comfy on the couch and watch Netflix tonight with a pint of ice cream. When your teen says it, unfortunately, it means that she is using that as a front to have someone over (or go over their house) to make out and possibly more...

Curve

This is slang for rejecting someone romantically or sidestepping their advances. You might see a post from your teen that referencing ignoring a girlfriend’s text with the following hashtag: #curve

Stan

This teen slang term has evolved in meaning over the years from a blend of "stalker" and "fan" to, more recently, a term showing support of someone or something. For example, "I used to think pop stars should stick to making music, but I totally stan Lady Gaga in 'A Star Is Born.'" The word first reached the mainstream in 2000 with the release of Eminem's hit "Stan," about an obsessed fan.

LMIRL

This is an acronym used in texting, and it’s something we almost never would have had a reason to say as kids - unless we were hand writing letters to pen pals via snail mail. LMIRL means Let’s Meet In Real Life. Hopefully, this person is not a creeper, to use another teen slang word.

POS

I’m not going to use profanity, but I bet POS means a phrase in your mind that starts with the words piece of… Today, POS is a quick acronym for texting or messaging that means Parents over Shoulder. So if you see this one, maybe you should stay near your teen for a few minutes longer.

Sus

Sus is an abbreviation for "suspect" or "suspicious," so this is a flag that some drama may be going down.

Lit or GOAT

These are two different ways to express what you might have meant by saying "dope" or "neat" or "cool" back in the day. Lit or GOAT (greatest of all time) means something happened that is really, really good.

Turnt

Short for "turned up," this term can mean really excited, wild or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A person, a party or even a video game can be turnt.

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Karen

This was probably one of the most popular slang words of the past two years, and it was one that even parents seemed to jump on using. This is a term typically used for a middle-aged white woman who seems to be personally offended by almost any solution that another person comes up with. The Internet has seen many a meme dedicated to “Karens” across the U.S.

Bae

Many teens use this term to refer to a person they are in a romantic relationship with or to refer to a best friend. Some millennial friends may use it as an acronym for “Before Anyone Else.” Others may use it in the form of one of the many new words created from African-American vernacular English. In this form, it’s derived from the pronunciation of “babe” as a term for a loved one.

Fleek

This American slang word tends to be used by younger teens. It’s another way of saying “on point” as in, “You'd never believe it, but that shy kid from bio class has dance moves that are on fleek!”

FOMO

FOMO is the acronym for “fear of missing out.” This is a state of anxiety that can plague anyone from tweens to parents.

Bye Felicia

Bye Felicia is a term that is used when you are saying goodbye to someone or something that is leaving, yet no one really cares that they are leaving. It can also be used in the same way older folks might use the term “good riddance.” For example, when referring to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, you might be tempted to say, “Bye Felicia!”

Big Mad

This is another way of saying that you are extremely mad about something. A teen might say, “I am big mad that our teacher gave us a pop quiz in math class today!”

Diamond Hands

Diamond hands refers to the state of hanging on to a situation that carries extreme financial risk. For example, “Even though it was risky, my bae has diamond hands. She held on to her bitcoin investment until she made back $25,000.”

Fauci Ouchie

It didn't take long during the coronavirus pandemic for vaccine-related slang to enter the English language (vaxxed, Hot Vax Summer, and Rona, to name a few). A Fauci Ouchie refers to the COVID-19 vaccine with a reference to public health expert and proponent of vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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Mittens

The term mittens is getting even more attention after the publication of countless Bernie Sanders' mittens memes. It’s a descriptive term for something that was not quite amazing, but not bad either. For example, “I didn’t ace the test, but I didn’t fail it either. I guess it was mittens.”

Cheugy

Sorry, parents, but as soon as you've mastered this list, it will likely be cheugy, or out of style.

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FAQs

What are some slang words for 2022? ›

21 Slang Words That Should Still Be Cool To Use In 2022
  • On Fleek.
  • Buggin'
  • Trippin'
  • Illin'
  • Word.
  • Poppin'
  • Bomb.
  • Flava.
28 Mar 2022

How does Gen Z say cool? ›

In Gen Z slang term, “fire” means something is really amazing or cool. They also use it to express excitement or point out a new trend within their culture.

What is the latest slang now? ›

The Newest Teen Slang Trends of 2021
  • Extra. This is another way of saying that someone or something is too much or over the top. ...
  • Salty. What do pretzels, the ocean and your teen have in common? ...
  • Snatched. ...
  • Yeet. ...
  • Big yikes. ...
  • Finsta. ...
  • Periodt. ...
  • Flex.
10 Jan 2022

What's new in slang? ›

Phrase. what's new? (informal) An informal greeting asking the other person what has recently happened in their life. A typical response might be "Not much; you?". The greeting is not always literal and may just be used to say hello.

What does 520 mean in slang? ›

Well, 520 is homophonic to “I love you” in Chinese! In fact, the 20th of May (520) is pronounced (wǔ èr líng)which sound very similar to 我爱你(wǒ ài nǐ)I love you, that is why the 20th (and 21st) have been labeled as the Internet Valentine's Day(网络情人节).

What is a 550 in slang? ›

550" refers to a civilian, that is someone who is neither a Bloods nor a. rival gang member; d. " 999" or "Triple 9" refers to cooperating with law enforcement; e. "

What is an L in slang? ›

The letter L is used as a slang term for loss (the opposite of win), as in You just took the L on that exchange.

What is a Boujee girl? ›

Boujee refers to a materialistic person. Boujee is an internet slang term that refers to people who enjoy their riches. Home.

What is af in millennial? ›

AF – This (NSFW) acronym is used as a unit of measurement and roughly translates to the word 'very' or 'really' – basically used as a way to emphasize a concept.

What does B mean in texting to a girl? ›

“B” is short for “baby” or “babe”. Normally called by lovers, and those in the initial stages of dating.

What are some outdated slangs? ›

100 Slang Terms From the 20th Century No One Uses Anymore
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  • Cruisin' for a bruisin' Shutterstock. ...
  • Made in the shade. Shutterstock. ...
  • Burn rubber. Shutterstock. ...
  • Pad. Shutterstock/Breadmaker. ...
  • Ankle-biter. Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images. ...
  • Word from the bird. Shutterstock.

What does 45 mean in slang? ›

It is commonly used on social media, mainly Twitter, where characters are limited. While 45 is typically used for saving space or time, it is also used as a substitute name by people who are tired of saying or typing Trump.

What is Finna short for? ›

What does finna mean? Finna, a contraction of fixing to, means “getting ready to do something.” It's used to express a goal to take some sort of action in the near future.

What is Skrrt? ›

skrrt (slang, African-American Vernacular, MLE, MTE) The sound of a tire screeching. The sound of one quickly turning away from someone/something.

What does BOP mean in texting? ›

“Bop” is an online slang term that means “a good song.” People use it in social media posts and text messages to describe a song they strongly enjoyed.

What are the 5 new words? ›

New words in English (A-E)
  • Abnegation. Denial; renunciation of a doctrine or belief.
  • Ambigue. An ambiguous expression or statement.
  • Athleisure. Comfortable and casual footwear & clothing designed for exercise and rigorous activity.
  • Broigus. Angry or irritated.
  • By-Catch. ...
  • Blert. ...
  • Comp. ...
  • Cryptocurrency.
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What are the most popular slangs? ›

The most well-known slang words and phrases in America are “ghosted,” “salty,” and “on point.” 58% of Americans don't know what the 'Rona' means.

What is the new word for YEET? ›

Yeet Synonyms - WordHippo Thesaurus.
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What is another word for yeet?
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What is cool it in slang? ›

idiom slang. used to tell someone to become calm, rather than be angry or violent: Just cool it everyone, fighting won't solve anything.

What is opposite of Simp? ›

(slang) Opposite of a simple person lacking common sense. sage. philosopher. sensible person. wise man.

What is a simp slang? ›

Urban Dictionary's top definition of a simp is “someone who does way too much for a person they like.” Other definitions on the crowdsourced online dictionary include “a man who puts the hoes before the bros,” and “a guy that is overly desperate for women, especially if she is a bad person, or has expressed her ...

What's the meaning of 831 😂 💕? ›

The number 831 is a cyber term used to mean "I Love You." Each individual number in 831 has a specific definition: 8 = The total number of letters in the phrase "I Love You." 3 = The total number of words in the phrase "I Love You."

What does 52 mean? ›

What Does the Number 52 Mean? The number 52 numerology carries the vibrations of new beginnings, good fortune, and positive change. This number also symbolizes harmony, balance, and relationships. So, if you're seeing this number frequently, it's a sign that your angels are trying to tell you something!

What does 459 mean in texting? ›

Text message code for I love you, 459 corresponds to each of the first letters in "I love you," I=4, L=5, and Y=9 on a cell phone dial pad.

What does 999 mean in slang? ›

999 represents taking whatever hell, whatever bad situation or whatever struggle you're going through and turning it into something positive and using it to push yourself forward." The song "Reminds Me Of You" was released in December 2020, to mark the first anniversary of the death of Juice WRLD.

What does 1174 mean in slang? ›

1174 is leetspeak for "Meet in person at." It is typically used in text messages to discreetly refer to the place where the sender and recipient(s) will meet together to party. 1174 is often used by teenagers to covertly communicate about party plans in case a parent or other authority figure sees the conversation.

What does F8 mean in slang? ›

F8 means "Fate" (as in "events outside a person's control that have been predetermined by a supernatural power). The term uses the sound of the number 8 to replace "ATE". In other words: "F" + "8" = Fate.

What is LS in dating? ›

"Lovesick" is the most common definition for LS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. LS. Definition: Lovesick.

What does W mean in texting? ›

"With" is the most common definition for W/ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. W/ Definition: With.

What does G mean urban? ›

A slang term that stands for gangster; commonly used in an urban setting or by teenage posers who think they're really cool; stems from OG; appears in many rap songs.

Is Boujee a black word? ›

Boujee, popularized by the song Bad and Boujee by Migos, primarily refers to Black people who have "swag" by making their own money.

What is the rich aesthetic called? ›

Related aesthetics

Boujee (also spelled Bougie), a colloquial shortening of the term "bourgeoisie", is a term used to describe the wealthier side of the middle class.

Is Boujee a negative word? ›

Hundreds of years ago, "bourgeois" meant "middle class," but today the word and its slangy clipped form, "bougie," can mean something more negative: fancy, pretentious, and so on. A listener recently wrote in to ask about the word “bougie.” He'd heard it being used to mean something elevated or high-class.

What does V9 mean? ›

V9 means parking for general public prohibited except for those with reserved tickets.

What is savage AF? ›

What does savage AF mean? On the internet, savage AF is a slang way to characterize something as extremely good, brutally honest, or as a ruthless takedown.

What does 2 Kisses mean in a text message? ›

An example of a kiss code: 1 kiss means friends. 2 kisses means best friends (however maybe not inter-gender)

What does BAE mean in text? ›

"Bae," Urban Dictionary says, is an acronym that stands for "before anyone else," or a shortened version of baby or babe, another word for sweetie, and, mostly unrelated, poop in Danish. In addition, "bae" has appeared in rap songs and countless web memes since the mid-2000's.

What does B C mean in texting? ›

B/C means "Because." The abbreviation B/C is typically used in computer-based conversations, such as chat forums and instant messaging, to mean "Because," as in "for the reason that" or "in view of the fact that." For example: I can't do that, B/C it's illegal.

What is Gen Z slang for uncool? ›

Cheugy, pronounced "chew-gee," got its own write-up in the New York Times. The Gen-Z term, which gained popularity on TikTok, describes anything that's considered uncool, untrendy, or people who deliberately stick to "older" trends.

What is the newest slang for cool? ›

Dope - Cool or awesome.

What is Tx in slang? ›

Thanks. People send "tx" when messaging online and in texts to thank someone for doing something helpful. It is the fastest way to abbreviate "thanks" but is more commonly written thx. You might encounter tx when a friend messages you, "Tx for helping out tonight.

What does HK mean in slang? ›

HK is an acronym that stands for "hugs" and "kisses," which is used to convey affection. It is often used when saying goodbye to represent the action of actually giving a hug and kiss. You'll most likely see HK in text messages or online where character space is at a premium.

What is a 11 in slang? ›

"One Better Than 10" is the most common definition for 11 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 11. Definition: One Better Than 10.

What is a number 1 slang? ›

Slang One's own interests; oneself: watching out for number one.

What are some popular slang words? ›

Fire - Hot, trendy, amazing, or on point (formerly "straight fire") GOAT - "Greatest of All Time" Go Off - A phrase said to encourage someone to continue, usually when they're ranting about something (can also be sarcastic, as in, "but go off, I guess") Gucci - Good, cool, or going well.

What's a 49 slang? ›

49: An informal social celebration at an Indian gathering such as a powwow. 49in': Partying at a 49.

What is some cool slang? ›

Current/Recent Slang for Cool
  • alright.
  • awesome.
  • boss.
  • copacetic.
  • down.
  • excellent.
  • fab.
  • fantabulous.

Is Y all a slang word? ›

A contraction of “you” and “all,” as defined by our Mason Dixonary, “y'all” is used when addressing or referencing two or more people. Though “y'all” is inherently plural, in the instance of addressing a larger group of people, “all y'all” is more of a casual, slang phrase that's sometimes used.

What does 211 mean in slang? ›

"Police Code for Robbery" is the most common definition for 211 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 211. Definition: Police Code for Robbery.

What does 121 mean in slang? ›

121 means "One-to-One." 121 is commonly used for brevity in chat rooms or on social-media sites when someone wishes to initiate a conversation or meeting between themselves and one other person.

What is 00 slang? ›

The term w00t (spelled with double-zero, "00"), or woot, is a slang interjection used to express happiness or excitement, usually used in online conversation.

What are some current slang words? ›

Here are some of the most common slang words used in the English language today:
  • Lit. When something is very good, enjoyable, or exciting, you can say it's “lit”. ...
  • Extra. ...
  • Salty. ...
  • To ghost someone. ...
  • To flex. ...
  • Lowkey & highkey. ...
  • Shook. ...
  • Tea.
26 Nov 2019

What is H8 in slang? ›

Definition of 'H8'

1. to dislike (something) intensely; detest. 2. ( intransitive) to be unwilling (to be or do something)

What is a 99 in slang? ›

"Parent Stopped Watching (see also 9)" is the most common definition for 99 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 99. Definition: Parent Stopped Watching (see also 9)

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