30 of the Most Common Gen Z Slang Words, Decoded
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What’s Gen Z saying?
Have you ever heard a group of Gen Z-ers talking and thought, “Wait, what does that word even mean?” If so, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Just like the generations before them, Gen Z uses specific slang words in conversations—some of those slang words are even new words in the dictionary.
If you aren’t in that generation, though, Gen Z slang may be a whole new ballpark for you. No worries—we’ve put together an alphabetical list of some of the most common Gen Z slang terms and decoded them to keep you in the know.
Meaning: A word to describe someone who likes mainstream things and is considered unoriginal.
Example: “His taste in music is pretty basic.”
Meaning: A term for agreement or approval.
Example: “Are we still on for Saturday night?” “Bet.”
Meaning: Think of it as an emphasis on the word “yikes”—it’s something that’s really embarrassing, disturbing, or shocking.
Example: “My mom called me 30 times after I broke curfew—big yikes.”
Meaning: To stop supporting something or someone by doing a number of things, including boycotting their work, products, or unfollowing on social media.
Example: “I can’t believe that company was caught dumping waste in the river—it’s canceled.”
Meaning: Something that’s considered false or an outright lie. It’s most commonly used in the phrase “no cap,” which means “no lie.”
Example: “That was the best pizza I’ve ever had—no cap.”
Meaning: To criticize or make fun of something. Many people equate dragging someone to roasting someone.
Example: “Why are you dragging me so hard today?”
Meaning: A cool sense of style. It can refer to clothes or the way someone carries themselves.
Example: “Her drip is iconic.”
Meaning: The act of getting what you want by tricking or manipulating someone.
Example: “I finessed my co-worker into covering my shifts next week.”
Meaning: To stop communicating with someone out of the blue.
Example: “I was talking to this guy, but he ghosted me last week.”
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Meaning: The opposite of “low key;” commonly used when you want to emphasize something. Synonyms include “really” and “very.”
Example: “I high-key love those shoes.”
Meaning: Used to describe something that stands out from the rest or makes you feel different compared to other things.
Example: “My mom’s cooking just hits different.”
Meaning: A phrase used to describe someone who seems to naturally have charismatic energy that draws people in. Someone described as a “main character” tends to be well-liked, confident, and knows they’re in control of their life. If a movie were to be made, they’d be the main character.
Example: “Debbie’s definitely the main character in this group.”
Meaning: A more intense version of “period,” meant to add emphasis to the point being made.
Example: “This is the best song I’ve ever heard—periodt.”
Meaning: Being mad or upset about something.
Example: “Why are you so pressed about what they said?”
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Meaning: A shortened version of “sister” typically used as an affectionate greeting for a close friend.
Example: “Sis, it’s been too long! How are you?”
Meaning: A term to describe how funny you find something.
Example: “This movie is sending me—you have to see it.”
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Meaning: A term to describe someone you think is good-looking.
Example: “They’re looking like a snack today.”
Meaning: A term to describe something that looks really good, typically when it comes to style.
Example: “Your outfit is snatched!”
Meaning: Short for “suspicious.” It typically means something is not as it may seem.
Example: “That story is sus.”
Meaning: Another word for gossip.
Example: “Sit down—I have some tea to spill.”
Meaning: An expression used when something completely blows you away. It would refer to the fact that, if you had a wig on, what happened would cause so much shock and admiration that it would fly off your head.
Example: “Did you see that concert?! Wig!”
Next, find out what does the word “literally” mean.
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Meaning: So this one technically has two meanings. One is a word that’s essentially an exclamation of approval or excitement. The other is to describe a powerful throw.
Example 1: “He yeeted the football 30 yards!”
Example 2: “Did you see that throw? Yeet!”
Now that you know what these common Gen Z slang words mean, expand your vocabulary further by checking out these funny words you probably didn’t know existed.