Teenagers always seem to have their own unique vocabulary regardless of the language used.
Some teen slang words come straight from famous musicians and actors, while other words come from viral videos, social media posts and other funny things on the internet.
We’ll explore 150+ popular slang phrases used by teens today.
Top 150+ Popular Teen Slang Used in 2022
To grow up and act responsibly.
All the _
A positive exaggeration to show strong feelings.
A relatable feeling or situation.
And I oop
When someone says something unexpected or provocative.
Short for “baby.” It’s a term of endearment for a significant other, such as a girlfriend or boyfriend. It stands for “Before Anyone Else.”
Non-complimentary way of saying someone is only interested in trendy or popular things.
To have a full face of makeup.
Agreeing with someone. A response when someone challenges you.
A more intense form of the word “yikes.”
Shortened form of the word b*tch.
The number of people with whom someone has slept.
Adding “very” or “a lot” after a verb or adjective means “very much.”
Rich or Acting rich.
Casual nickname for “bro.”
An expression used to dismiss someone.
Cap or Cappin’
To lie about something.
A hyper-masculine and overtly sexual young man.
Calm down, hang out.
Reddit users can use this currency to buy awards for other users.
To reject someone romantically.
A comeback filled with attitude.
Dad or Daddy
An older, attractive male.
Meaning “really good.”
When someone is euphorically happy.
A word used when something is really funny or embarrassing.
Down in the DM
Make plans for an upcoming sexual encounter via social media or texts.
If a user thinks a comment or post does not contribute or is off-topic, they can use the virtual thumbs down.
Relationship with someone you met online.
Eboy or Egirl
Active internet users, emo, punk-rock.
Describes over the top or dramatic behavior.
This is a nice way to acknowledge someone who made a true statement.
Closest friends / Family
The act of being a fan of something, or a group of fans.
To smooth things out.
Finished shampoo and conditioner simultaneously.
A person posting expresses depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.
Means “intend to” or “going to”.
Finstagram or Finsta
Finstagrams are intimate spaces intended for a small audience of friends, where followers are kept low.
Fire and Straight fire
Something is really good, cool, or amazing.
The shortened version of outfit.
To knowingly flaunt and show off.
A person who has had too many compliments and is full of themselves.
Ghost or Ghosted
Ignoring someone on purpose.
Inspire can also be an expression of jealousy.
To encourage a choice, or to support a rant or ridiculous behavior that’s already occurred.
Meaning good or cool.
The feeling of being angry as a result of being so hungry.
Understanding a topic in depth.
Desiring a romantic connection.
Let everyone know – the opposite of “low key”.
A situation in which something is better than it normally would be due to different circumstances.
A person complains about their life while sneaking in a brag.
Short for 100% sure or certain.
Equivalent of friend but said with attitude.
I had pasta tonight
Suicidal thoughts, depression, or anxiety are expressed by the person posting.
Meaning that was funny.
An internet friend who knows them better than anyone else.
Internet separation anxiety.
Meaning it’s cool or awesome.
This term is usually used to describe an entitled mom who constantly requests to speak to the manager.
Key or Major Key
Meaning something that is essential or important.
Left me on read
When someone opens your text or private message but does not respond.
A signature physical trait, appearance, or a specially and carefully constructed outfit
If something is amazing, exciting, high-energy, or otherwise great, it can be described as intoxicated or drunk.
They don’t want everyone to know what they’re saying.
Someone who is extremely attractive.
The responsible friend.
A chat site moderator is usually a volunteer or another user.
Used to express something that is relatable.
Following each other on social media.
Netflix ‘n Chill
Under the pretense of watching Netflix/TV together, but actually planning to meet for “making out” or sex.
Refers to someone who is “cool” on the internet.
It is equivalent to saying “don’t lie.”.
The act of putting someone in their place by affirming it.
Old, out of touch, resistant to change. Baby Boomer.
On point, nice.
Out of pocket
Something is out of control.
When a character dies, the oof sound is typically used as a response when you don’t really care but should say something.
When social media influencers have unhealthy relationships with their fans or encourage them to do so.
Emphasizing a point.
Instead of paying attention to someone, you snub them.
Pull Up/Pulling Up/Pulled Up/Pullin’ Up
To invite someone to meet you or to let them know you have arrived at their location.
Typically used to describe an uncouth individual.
In fictional plots like Hogwarts or Twilight, people talk about projecting their consciousness into an alternate reality.
Past social media or text conversations often reveal a person’s hypocrisy.
What has been seen cannot be unseen.
It is possible to make pornographic content out of any topic.
To be bitter about something or someone.
Your response to something you have in common with someone, whether sincerely or sarcastically.
Meaning it’s cool or awesome. Unafraid of the consequences or repercussions of doing or saying something outrageous.
Shade or Shading
A sneaky action toward someone or something. “Throwing shade” is sneaky.
Short for “relationship.”
Wanting two people to date.
Being confused or in utter disbelief.
To mind your own business.
When you say “Sis,” it means a lot of drama unfolded and there’s a great deal more to the story. “Sis” may also be used as an endearment toward friends.
To leave a place.
Strikes you as good.
Meaning someone is succeeding.
Sliding into DMs
Inviting someone to ‘hook up’ via direct messaging.
To have casual sex.
A way to describe an attractive individual.
Meaning well-styled or attractive.
Sorry to this man
When you don’t know who a person is (either because you genuinely don’t know who they are or are pretending not to know them in a way to diminish their existence).
Spill the tea
To “spill” the gossip.
Friend group. Squad is also an app.
A combination of stalker and fan. It can also be used to convey tame support for a person or cause.
A shortened version of what’s up.
When someone is acting suspicious or shady.
To avoid something.
Extremely buff or physically fit.
To be picked up by an automobile.
Gossip or talking behind someone’s back.
That’s a choice
It’s your decision.
That’s on __
Used to say we didn’t need to discuss that anymore because it’s the truth.
No matter what shape or size you are, looking good in your skin is important.
Posting a flirtatious picture or message on social media.
Being desperate for attention or something else. Often used in place of “horny.”
Saying something unpleasant about someone or giving them a nasty look.
Something absolutely unacceptable or terrible.
Hype for a party.
Users can use virtual thumbs up to approve posts and move them to the top of the site by showing their approval.
Shortened form of very.
Relaxing and having a good time.
This is a type of picture/video you can post through the VSCO app.
To refer to something that is amazing.
Exposing someone to reveal the truth.
Highly aware of social issues.
An enthusiastic way of saying yes.
A very strong word for yes.
A well-dressed, attractive man.
Teen slang and modern life are connected, as you can see. According to slang-words.com, Internet slang was created as a way to save keystrokes.
We use a variety of resources to create terms, including Bulletin Boards, AIM, Yahoo, IRC, chat rooms, emails, and text messages. Netspeak (Internet language) is hard to understand, even though we don’t type as much complete words. Teens speak in code just like computers—now perhaps their slang will be more obvious!
Teenage slang words are often confusing to parents, but now you can be on fleek as an expert English language learner.
Understanding teen slang isn’t just about the bad words anymore. The key is to understand the motivation behind their actions as well as their vocabulary.
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