What does Cheugy mean and how to avoid it

The new term coined by Gen Z

Written by Liv Grady

May 21, 2021

cheugy stuff

Have you ever bought a Live Love Laugh sign, drank from a mug that says ‘But first coffee’ or shared a FRIENDS meme on Insta? Hate to break it to you, but you’re probs a bit cheugy.

If you haven’t come across it already, the word Cheugy is taking over TikTok, and it has had us all asking ‘Am I a cheug?’. If you have no idea what we are talking about, let us explain.

Nothing makes us feel old, like having to look up a word on Urban Dictionary in order to stay relevant, so let us fill you in. Basically, GenZ have adopted the word and they use it to describe stuff that was once cool and has since gone out of fashion. If you are a TikTok user yourself, you’ve probably scrolled past hundreds of videos of people calling out the word ‘Doggos’, the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and the concept of #GirlBossEnergy as super cheugy.

The TikTok user @webkinzwhore143 brought the word to the app and we don’t know whether to love or hate her for it…


Expand 👏 your 👏 vocabulary 👏 to 👏 include 👏 made 👏 up 👏 words 👏##greenscreen ##cheugy ##cheug

♬ original sound – Hal

Things that apparently give off cheugy energy according to the internet

Need a few more examples of what is classed as Cheugy so that you know how to avoid it? We got you. Take a look at some of the trends, products and phrases that have been deemed Cheugworthy.

Cheugy can be used to describe things that are basic and just slightly uncool. It often covers trends that were once popular with millennials, that probs should have died off a long time ago.

Cheugy words and phrases

  1. Live Laugh Love”
  2. “Keep Calm and…”
  3. “Girlboss”
  4. “Bestie” 
  5. “It’s wine o’clock”
  6. “So, I did a thing!”
  7. “The boy did good!”
  8. “Fri-yay”

Cheugy clothing and accessories

  1. Infinity scarves
  2. Anything chevron print
  3. Tops and dresses with cold shoulders
  4. Ugg boots
  5. Floppy hats with writing on
  6. Adult Harry Potter clothing
  7. Skinny jeans

Who cares if you are a cheug?

NOBODY. It’s all fun and games to label stuff as Cheugy, but if you enjoy wearing it or saying those phrases, at the end of the day, who cares? You do you. (That’s probably a Cheugy phrase, but we aren’t bothered).


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