If the passage below makes sense to you then this article isn’t for you. If it doesn’t however then we have you covered so you never feel left out of the convo with Gen Zs again.
“So I was sussin’ Kat’s dictionary, and I lowkey reckon it slaps – the vibe is lit fam. But then something had me shook – Joshua whackin ‘imo’ at the bottom when it’s alphabetical!
“Idk bout you rn but I think he’s flexing and I’m heaps salty! I might have to ghost him and tell him don’t @ me, but does anyone have any cooked tea I can clap back at him with?
“All gucci if you don’t, I just don’t want to high key stan his profile for glow ups and dirt, ya know lol! Can’t seem to find anything, but hbu? If ya don’t have anything doin’, yeet it my way, that’d be eets.”
So like we said if that doesn’t make any sense to you then read on through the Gen Z Urban Dictionary we cooked up below!
Clap back (Verb)
Describes a verbal retaliation to criticism – otherwise known as a comeback. The more clever and withering the comeback, the more likely it is to be referred to as “clap back”.
“Damo clapped back at Hamo.”
A way of describing a scenario, person or object in an extremely negative way.
“It’s cooked that we can’t vape in the office anymore.”
Abbreviation for ‘what are you doing?’
Don’t @ me (Phrase)
When someone says “Dont @ me” they’re saying “don’t reply to me” or “don’t try and argue with me” ect. Most of the time it’s used as a joke.
“Pineapple belongs on pizza. Don’t @ me.”
The act of showing off your valuables in a non-humble way.
“He’s always flexing around his friends.”
A boastful statement or display.
Person 1: *Pulls out Nutella sandwich*
Person 2: “Woah, dude. Flex.”
To avoid someone until they get the picture and stop contacting you.
“I thought my Tinder date went great but then he ghosted me.”
Alternatively, if someone is not responding to you – you, my friend, are the one that has been ghosted.
Glow up (Noun)
A glow up is a mental, physical, and/or an emotional transformation for the better.
“She really had a glow up after the breakup.”
Glow up (Verb)
Verb to describe dramatic physical change.
“Woah, when did he glow up?”
Used interchangeably with ‘good’ or ‘okay’.
Kat: “Sorry I didn’t get the task done!”
Josh: “It’s gucci”
Acronym for ‘how about you’ [‘how bout you’]
“What’re you up to?”
“Just feeding my pet snake, hbu”
High key (Adjective)
Opposite of low key. Elevates the meaning of the sentence. When something is high key, it is okay to be public knowledge.
“I’m high key craving KFC right now.”
Acronym for ‘I don’t know’. Often extended to idek [‘I don’t even know’].
“Idk how to use Jira.”
Lit (Adjective or slang word)
Meaning cool or awesome.
“She had a lit car” OR “It was lit.”
Acronym for ‘laugh out loud’. Often used ironically. *If you didn’t know this one, should you be working in an Ed Tech company?
“I wonder if anyone will actually use this dictionary lol.”
Low key (Adjective)
Opposite of high key. Can be understood as “quietly”.
“I’m low key attracted to Leonardo DiCaprio even though he’s twice my age.”
Acronym for ‘right now’
“I could go a Coles barbecue chicken rn.”
Aggressive or dry.
“He was acting a bit salty in that meeting.”
To be shook is to be shaken up by something. Also extended to “shooketh”.
“I’m shook after that movie.”
The verb used to describe something that is exceptionally good. Can also be understood as “rocks”.
“That song slaps.”
An fan of a celebrity. Originated from Eminem’s song Stan.
“Yes I’m a One Direction stan.”
“Who doesn’t stan Guy Sebastian?!” (hahahaha idk anymore)
Abbreviation for suspicious.
“That Uber Eats driver looked sus, I bet he stole my drink.”
“Give me the tea.”
A sense or feeling about a person, place or thing.
“It’s a vibe.”
To agree with, like, or get along with someone or something.
“Yeah we were vibing.”
“I’m vibing this shirt.”
Acronym for ‘what about you?’ [‘what bout you’]
“Have you finished your task?”
Acronym for ‘what’re you doing?’ [‘what you doin?’]
“Hanging out, wbu?”
Acronym for “in my opinion.”
“This looks better imo.”
Throwing something at high speed.
“I yeeted my water bottle across the whole room to him.”
“She yeeted her way into the mosh.”