If among the many Millennials that got hooked on TikTok during the pandemic, you’ve probably noticed an uptick in the word “cheugy” getting thrown around. You may have even tried to use it yourself and since you probably got it wrong, here’s what it actually means.
In short, if you liked it at some point in the 2000s, it’s now cheugy. According to Know Your Meme, cheugy is something that's “the intersection of millennial, girl boss, and out-of-style cringe.” For example, TikToker Hallie Cain has declared putting phrases on clothes, Herbal Essences shampoo, and quoting Taylor Swift“I'm feelin' 22” on your 22ndbirthday as officially cheugy.
Basically, it is being basic.
That is in no way a definitive list and unfortunately for us Millennials, more things get labeled cheugy every day. According to New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, much like how the Supreme Court describes porn, cheugy is a “you know it when you see it” type of thing. And speaking of the New York Times, you can thank them for coining the term back in 2013. Back then Gabby Rasson said she came up with it to “describe people who were slightly off-trend."Little did she know it would soon mean our entire generation.
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