When you see the word “YEET” written in text, whether it’s a text message for someone or you see it written somewhere, it can mean a few different things.
The word yeet and its use are not straightforward – I really wish it was simpler.
It has a different meaning sometimes, depending on where and when it’s used as I will explain in this post.
What Does YEET Mean in Text?
To get to the bottom of what yeet means, let’s take a look at what the dictionary defines yeet as meaning:
Dictionary.com lists yeet as a slang word meaning:
an exclamation of excitement, approval, surprise, or all-around energy, often as issued when doing a dance move or throwing something.
This isn’t what the word yeet has always meant though. In 2008, the Urban Dictionary first defined yeet as meaning:
an excited exclamation, particularly in sports.
Later updating the definition to mean:
an expression of approval, à la that’s what I’m talking about! Yeet Yeet!
It’s also been used to describe a dance, certain dance moves, and memes over time.
And finally, if you check the Urban Dictionary today, you’ll see yeet defined as:
to discard an item at a high velocity.
So, if you see or hear the word yeet being used today, you need to take into account the context in which it’s being used.
One thing you can be sure of though; someone is likely shouting it because they are excited, having fun, throwing something, or doing something else cool – it’s a fun word!
How Do You Use YEET in a Sentence?
If you want to use yeet in a sentence, taking the most up to date definitions of the word, you could use yeet in the following ways:
Using yeet to explain something being thrown:
- “Joey just took my lunch and YEETED it into the bin!”
- “Man, I just did the best YEET of my life and threw a ball over that house!”
- “I’m going to YEET myself off of a trampoline.”
- “Pass me something and I’ll show you how to YEET it.”
- “Let’s see who can YEET this bottle the furthest.”
Using yeet as an excited exclamation:
- “YEET I built the best house ever on Minecraft.”
- “YEET I finally have enough money to buy the latest iPhone.”
- “Today is the last day of school, YEET YEET!”
- “YEEEEEEET she said ‘yes’ to going out on a date with me!”
- “I just won $50, YEET!”
Is YEET a Dirty Word?
Yeet is not a dirty word, no. It’s used by kids and grownups of all ages, most commonly online and while playing games.
Because it’s a slang word, it’s often misused but just said for the sake of saying it. But the word yeet always has positive connotations as far as I can see.
Why Is YEET So Popular?
The word yeet is so popular for a number of reasons:
- It’s been featured in popular memes receiving millions of views.
- It’s used by many of the most popular and influential online streamers.
- It’s used as common speak within some of the most popular online games, such as Roblox, Fortnite, and Minecraft.
- The sound of the word “yeet” is really cool – it’s fun to say it!
Like a lot of words, yeet has become popular online and has been going strong for a few years now.
There is no telling how long it will last. So many words go in and out of popularity right now, but I have to admit, it’s one of the cooler-sounding words!
What Is Another Word for YEET?
If you’re looking for some alternative words or synonyms for yeet, here are some words you can use:
Words to use instead of yeet to describe throwing something:
Words to use instead of yeet to describe excitement:
- Heck yeah
- Woo hoo
If you want to know which words are being used online right now like yeet, the best thing you can do is get involved in online communities where these words are used.
Slang is fast-moving and ever-changing online, it can be hard to keep up with!
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Related YEET Questions
Yeeting someone in Fortnite usually means to throw someone (their character) off a cliff, building, or some other high-up spot in the game.
Yeet is most commonly used by people in Roblox to demonstrate they are surprised, happy, like something, or similar – opposed to the usual meaning of throwing something.
If you play Among Us I’m sure you’ve heard someone on your team saying yeet. This is often used to describe throwing something – even if it’s when ejecting the imposter.
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.