What does cheugy mean? Definition explained

A NEW word called ‘chuegy’ has taken the internet by storm, baffling people across the world.  

Here we explain what the word means, its origin and how it is pronounced.


Cheugy is a new slang word that has taken the internet by storm[/caption]

What does Cheugy mean?

The word cheugy is a slang term that is used to broadly describe “someone who is out of date or trying too hard,” according to the New York Times.

The Urban Dictionary defines cheugy as the “opposite of trendy” and is used when someone follows out-of-date trends.

They add that the word chuegy is another way to describe the aesthetics, the people and the experiences that are considered ‘basic.’

Ultimately, its definition evolves based on what’s falling in an out of style and “can apply to anyone of any gender and any age.”


It is described by the Urban dictionary as the ‘opposite of trendy’[/caption]

What is Cheugy?

Cheugy is a new coined word that describes someone’s lifestyle as outdated.

It is predominantly used as a way to describe and tease millennials – a group of people who reached young adulthood in the early 21st century.

The People suggest that if you don’t understand the concept of the word itself then you are in fact a part of the words definition.  

This is because a person associated with things and concepts of the past may be referred to as a ‘cheug.’


A ‘cheug’ is a person associated with things and concepts of the past[/caption]

Where did the word Cheugy come from?

The term, cheugy, was first popularized by 24-year-old TikTok user Hallie Cain, who introduced the word to the mainstream in a video that has since been viewed more than 600,000 times.

“OK TikTok, I have a new word for you that my friends and I use that you clearly are all in need of,” Cain began the video.

She then explained that the term can be used to refer to people who, for example, brag about being married at 20, or who use the term “girl-boss energy.”

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The term cheugy was first popularized by 24-year-old TikTok user Hallie Cain[/caption]

Although it became popular in 2021, the term was first coined in 2013 by a then-high school student called Gabby Rasson, according to the New York Times.

Ransson said: “It was a category that didn’t exist. There was a missing word that was on the edge of my tongue and nothing to describe it and ‘cheugy’ came to me.

How is Cheugy pronounced?

According to various sources, the correct way to pronounce Cheugy is Chew-gee.

As Ransson described it to the New York Times, “the way the word sounded fit the meaning.”


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