What does cheugy mean? Meaning, definition, explanation, TikTok


“Cheugy” means unfashionable, old-fashioned, untrendy and no longer up to date in the context of basic, simple and boring.

What does cheugy mean? Meaning, definition, explanation, TikTok

The specific meaning of cheugy is:

  • A person who frantically tries to be modern and “up to date” is “cheugy”. (The word “tryhard” also fits here.)
  • A person who chases or lags behind trends is “cheugy”.

In particular, basic fashion (aesthetics) and girlboss culture is cheugy.

“Cheugy” as an adjective should be understood to mean someone who has generic tastes. That is, a taste like everyone else. Someone who is cheugy has things that are found in the possession of many others as well. So nothing special or unique. Nevertheless, these things are just not “hip”, hip, up to date or modern.

An experience, event, experience or object is cheugy if it is generic in nature and perceived or done by many people.

In other words, someone who was “basic” in their 20s will be cheugy in their 30s.

“Cheugy” is used as an adjective to describe trends, experiences, or people as old-fashioned in the sense of boring or basic. Cheugy can be applied to any person, regardless of age.

“Cheugy” has a slightly negative connotation. It is used as a foreign term, but also as a self-designation.

“Cheugy” is pronounced as follows: “shoe-gie” or in English “chew-gee”.

Cheugy: Generation Z and the Millenials

“Cheugy” is used by Generation Z to distinguish themselves from Millenials. This is because Millenials are “basic” and “cheugy” in the eyes of some Generation Z individuals.

In the eyes of some Generation Z TikTokers, favorite things of Generation Y are “cheugy”. They are, for example:

  • Avocados
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Cake Pops
  • The tear laughing emoji
  • Depacito (song)
  • Friends
  • Girlboss Aesthetics
  • Harry Potter
  • Minion Memes
  • Rae Dunn (mugs printed with text)
  • Skinny Jeans
  • Sneaker Culture
  • Star Bucks
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Masked Singer
  • The Office
  • Ugg Boots

Items or social media posts that include the following words are cheugy:

  • Live Laugh Love
  • Keep Calm and …
  • Wine O’Clock

But the following items are uncheugy / non-cheugy:


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Cheugy: word origin, history, meaning.

The term “cheugy” became popular in May 2021 through TikTok. But the expression has existed in the English-speaking world for a longer time.

The term “cheugy” was coined by 15-year-old high school student Gabby Rasson in 2013. At the time, she was looking for a term for people who chase trends and don’t really understand them.

Cheugy: meaning and explanation

Editor’s comment: “Cheugy” is Generation Z’s attempt to distinguish itself from Generation Y (Millenials). This makes sense because while Generation Z individuals are in their 20s, many Millenials are already in their 30s. Thus, Generation Z still belongs only to youth, while Generation Y belongs to yesterday’s youth. (Being “yesterday’s youth” means different rules apply. One should no longer believe that one is always up to date and modern, as well as belonging to the trend-setting youth).

That there is cheugy, however, is also downright logical. Because every generation gets older at some point and thus no longer belongs to youth. The tone is set by a new generation. It now sets the trends, while the older generation does things like getting married and having children. (That leaves less time to follow every trend or be very active on social media).

To be specific: Cheugy is an announcement to Generation Y. The message is: You are no longer modern. You are no longer up to date. You are old-fashioned. You no longer belong to the youth of today!

However, cheugy should not be taken too seriously. If you simply enjoy Taylor Swift, you should listen to her music. Because wouldn’t it be cheugy if you renounce your favorite music to seem modern?

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