Trying to figure out Gen Z slang and phrases? What do Gen Z say exactly? Here are some words and slang terms that Generation Z are currently using.

Each generation has its own language and vernacular. From boomers to generation X to millennials, and now generation Z, the latest Generation (also called zoomers) have developed slang that can be confusing to some.

Many of these terms came from communities just as the black community, the LGBTQ community, and the beauty community. Others come from the endless amount of memes, gifs, and videos that the TikTok generation churn out.

To help you get a handle on all this lingo, here is a list of some of the most popular Gen Z slang used so you can still hang with the young crowd.

Gen Z Slang Guide: Phrases Generation Z Are Currently Using

gen z slang guide

  • Bet
    • Meaning: yep, for sure, absolutely
    • Example: “I’m going to get that job tomorrow. Bet.”
  • Big Mad
    • Meaning: very upset
    • Example: “He failed that test. He big mad”
  • Boujee
    • Meaning: uppity, aspiring to be higher than one’s social and economic class
    • Example: “Look at her trying to flaunt that purse. She’s so boujee.”
  • Bouta
    • Meaning: about to
    • Example: “Talk to you later, I’m bouta eat”
  • Booty
    • Meaning: not very good
    • Example: “That stinky cologne smells like booty.”
  • Bop
    • Meaning: good song
    • Example: “His new song is a bop.”
  • Bread
    • Meaning: money
    • Example: “This new job means I’m finally earning some bread.”
  • Cancelled
    • Meaning: reject; dismiss; shun
    • Example: “That racist is cancelled.”
  • Catch These Hands
    • Meaning: get hit
    • Example: “That bully is about to catch these hands.”
  • Clapback
    • Meaning: a come back; retort
    • Example: “He said she was fat and she clapbacked that he was ugly”
  • Clout
    • Meaning: influence
    • Example: “He’s commenting on people’s posts for more clout”
  • Deadass
    • Meaning: seriously
    • Example: “I deadass need more sleep”
  • DM
    • Meaning: direct message (via social media platform)
    • Example: “If you want to get in touch, DM me”
  • Drag/Dragged
    • Meaning: to make fun; to insult; speak harshly of
    • Example: “That girl dragged her bully on twitter last night”
  • Drip
    • Meaning: wearing great looking or expensive apparel or accessories
    • Example: “With this new watch and outfit, I be drippin”
  • Extra
    • Meaning: over the top
    • Example: “Why do you have to be all extra?”
  • Facts
    • Meaning: I agree
    • Example: Person 1: “Popeye’s has the best sandwich.” Person 2: “Facts”
  • Fam
    • Meaning: friends
    • Example: “Excited to see my fam tomorrow”
  • Famjam
    • Meaning: family
    • Example: “Going to my auntie’s for a famjam later”
  • Finesse
    • Meaning: maneuver smoothly
    • Example: “He gets girls with such finesse.”
  • Finna
    • Meaning: about to; going to
    • Example: “I’m finna eat this whole pizza.”
  • Fire
    • Meaning: amazing
    • Example: “That haircut is fire!”
  • Fit
    • Meaning: outfit
    • Example: “That fit is amazing!”
  • Flex
    • Meaning: to show off
    • Example: “He took a picture with his new car trying to flex”

generation z phrases

  • G.O.A.T
    • Meaning: Greatest Of All Time
    • Example: “Tom Brady is The G.O.A.T.”
  • Ghost
    • Meaning: To ignore in person, over text message and social media
    • Example: “She still hasn’t responded, why is she ghosting me?”
  • Glo Up
    • Meaning: improve one’s outer appearance
    • Example: “Your glo up is better than Cinderella’s”
  • Go Off
    • Meaning: rant; make over the tip gestures; intensify, usually in a quarrel
    • Example: Person 1: “He tried to argue with me, but I wasn’t having it!” Person 2: “Go off, then”
  • Gucci
    • Meaning: good; cool
    • Example: Person 1: “Do you want to eat here?” Person 2: “yea’s that’s Gucci”
  • Hangry
    • Meaning: hungry and angry
    • Example: “Three hours until dinner, I am so hangry!”
  • Kicks
    • Meaning: shoes
    • Example: “Look at my new kicks”
  • L/Took An L
    • Meaning: to lose
    • Example: “I had to take an L on that last date”.
  • Lewk
    • Meaning: “look”, a physical appearance or trait
    • Example: “Look at her makeup, that is quite a lewk.”
  • Lit
    • Meaning: amazing; fun; cool; drunk
    • Example: “This party is lit!”;  “My friend got so lit last night.”
  • Little Mad
    • Meaning: somewhat upset
    • Example: “Another five minute wait? He little mad.”
  • Live Your Best Life
    • Meaning: doing what makes one happiest
    • Example: “I need to do some self care and live my best life.”
  • Lowkey
    • Meaning: discreetly
    • Example: “He lowkey likes her.”
  • Mood
    • Meaning: disposition; mood but used as a response similar to “I agree” or “same”.
    • Example: Person 1: “I am tired of being tired.” Person 2. Mood.”
  • No Cap
    • Meaning: no lie, I’m not lying
    • Example: “He’s got the best game out there, No Cap.”
  • Okurr
    • Meaning: okay
    • Example: “You know that I mean, Okurr?!”
  • Oof
    • Meaning: yikes
    • Example: “I can’t believe he did that. Oof”
  • Periodt
    • Meaning: emphasis on the prior sentence. Similar to “facts”, “end of story”, or “truth”.
    • Example: “She was right in this situation. Periodt”
  • Queen/Kween
    • Meaning: someone to admire
    • Example: “Beyonce is my queen.”
  • Salty
    • Meaning: bitter, angry, agitated
    • Example: “Don’t be so salty because you lost.”
  • Savage
    • Meaning: ruthless but true
    • Example: “She is savage when it comes to clapbacks”
  • Sending Me
    • Meaning: making me laugh or put me in disbelief
    • Example: “This funny gif is sending me!”
  • Shade/Throw Shade
    • Meaning: to insult; express contempt or disgust of
    • Example: “She is throwing all the shade at her haters.”
  • Shook
    • Meaning: all shaken up; surprised; in disbelief
    • Example: “The tea has got me shook.”
  • Simp
    • Meaning: someone who is a pushover who would do anything to get the attention of their crush
    • Example: “I can’t believe what a simp he is.”

what Gen z are saying

  • Sis
    • Meaning: friend that is a close as a sister
    • Example: “You good to hang out, sis?”
  • Slaps
    • Meaning: to like the song or music
    • Example: “Her new song slaps”
  • Slay
    • Meaning: to do great; dominate
    • Example: “You’re going to slay the competition”
  • Snacc/Snack
    • Meaning: very attractive person
    • Example: “The new guy is a snack.”
  • Snatched
    • Meaning: looking very good
    • Example: “Your hair is looking snatched”
  • Stan
    • Meaning: a combination stalker and fan, can be used as a noun or verb; to admire
    • Example: “I totally stan that new girl.”
  • Suh
    • Meaning: what’s up? hi; how are you?
    • Example: Person 1: “Hey” Person 2: “Suh”
  • Swole
    • Meaning: refers to a psychique; ripped
    • Example: “All that gym time got you lookin swole.”
  • Tea/Spill The Tea/What’s The Tea
    • Meaning: gossip, spreading gossip, what’s the gossip
    • Example: “Did you hear the tea about Matt?”
  • Thicc
    • Meaning: thick; curvy figure
    • Example: “She is fine and thicc as hell.”
  • Thirst Trap
    • Meaning: a photo or video that is intended to try and get attention (usually showing off one physical assets or beauty)
    • Example: “Did you see that thirst trap she posted in her bikini?”
  • Thirsty
    • Meaning: seeking attention
    • Example: “She’s trying so hard to increase her clout. She’s so thirsty.”
  • This ain’t it, Chief
    • Meaning: you are wrong, Sir
    • Example: “If you are looking to start a fight in the comments, this ain’t it, chief”
  • Troll/Trollin
    • Meaning: refers to internet trolls; deliberately trying to anger or provoke someone over the internet
    • Example: “This guy keep trollin everyone who disagrees with him.”
  • Tryna
    • Meaning: trying to
  • Weird Flex But Okay
    • Meaning: when someone boasts about something strange or insignificant but you still recognize the effort
    • Example: Person 1:”I made $20 yesterday!” Person 2: “Weird flex but okay”
  • Whip
    • Meaning: car; vehicle
    • Example: “Check out my new whip”
  • Wig
    • Meaning: expressing admiration
    • Example: Person 1: “I got a new car!” Person 2: “OMG, wig.”
  • Woke
    • Meaning: being aware of what’s going on
    • Example: “I need to find a woke man who supports feminism”
  • YAAS
    • Meaning: yes
    • Example: Person 1: “Can you believe we’re going to that concert?!” Person 2: “Yaaaas”.
  • Yeet
    • Meaning: to throw or launch outwardly; inverse of yoink
    • Example: “He just yeeted that trash bag over like it was nothing”
  • Yeet Yeet
    • Meaning: That’s awesome; I agree; that’s what’s up
    • Example: Person 1: “You wanna play video games?” Person 2: ” yeet, yeet”
  • Yikes/Big Yikes/That’s A Yikes
    • Meaning: wow
    • Example: Person 1: “He just broke up with her via social media” Person 2: “BIG YIKES”
  • Yoink
    • Meaning: to yank inwardly; inverse of Yeet
    • Example: “Hey that’s mine. Give it back. Yoink!”

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