What does "Yeet" mean and how is it used?

What does “Yeet” mean and how is it used?

Yeet is one of the newest and least understood words on the Internet. It is used everywhere, seemingly without any form of context. But words must mean something, and yet they have some definite meanings.

At first glance, Yeet looks like a gibberish internet word that is used without any concrete definition or context. It’s stuck on memes for seemingly no reason, and that friend who spends too much time on Reddit just doesn’t seem to stop juggling nonsense.

For most uses of yeet, what you see is what you get. It’s just a word that sounds fun and expressive. It is usually used in place of affirmative words such as “boo-yeah”, but is sometimes used in place of regular verbs to bring the humor out of everyday actions (such as dancing, running or falling down a hill).

But it’s not really a nonsense word, that’s just how most people use it. Yeet has a concrete definition: to forcefully throw an object with the confidence and authority of a god. You can see this definition at work in some memes and videos, and you can even use it in your everyday life.

When you’re done with breakfast, you can still mess up your eggs in the kitchen and in the trash. When you’re hungry like a horse, you can still turn your body into an Arby’s like a rag doll. As you perform these actions, you should yell “YEET”, because that’s what everyone in the know does.

So yeet is a word that means “to throw” and can be used as an exclamation while throwing something. It is also used as a nonsense word, usually to add humor to a verbal action or response. But where does yeet come from, and why does it have two separate definitions?

Etymology of Yeet

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when yeet became a word, but its meaning and usage seem to come from 2000’s hip-hop.

In a 2008 Urban Dictionary entry, a man named Bubba Johnson defines yeet as an exclamation used when throwing an object into the air, especially “in basketball when someone has thrown a three-pointer that is sure will go into the hoop.” .

Of course, people rarely use yeet as an actual word; it is usually used as a meaningless exclamation. This meaningless use is reminiscent of ad-lib rap, such as 50 Cent “GGGG-UNIT” or Lil John “YEEAAAH.”

While it’s possible that these funny improvised raps influenced the nonsensical meaning of yeet, it’s also likely that the word dug into the nonsense by itself. After all, it’s been popularized by memes like Lil Meatball’s yeet dance in 2014, where it’s used as a generic exclamation with no recognizable shape or context.

When do you say Yeet?

Again, yeet is mostly used as a non-humorous word. You can technically use it anytime you want to giggle, although you should probably avoid using it in professional situations. In fact, you should probably avoid using it in any situation where you might be ridiculed for shouting out a meme. (If you’re reading this in public, it’s too late. Everyone knows you’re super meme obsessed now.)

But some yeet enthusiasts disapprove of the senseless use of yeet. If you want to respect the concrete definition of the word, you should exclaim “YEET!” while throwing or pushing an object or when hard hitting an obstacle. Keep in mind that its effectiveness is based on self-confidence. If you are unsure of your throwing skills, you should use yeet sparingly.

As for using yeet in everyday conversation, use it as you would any other verb. It is not strictly an exclamation; it’s just fun to yell “YEET” while something is flying across the room.

You can go a step further by studying the tenses of yeet. We have included a handy Yeet conjugation table in this article for your convenience. Feel free to share this graphic as an educational resource, but please note that yeet is not yet recognized as a word by Webster’s Dictionary. Its definition can change over time, and educators may disapprove of the word in the same way they have spent a century disapproving of “it’s not” or “all of you.”

In other words, don’t yeet in your next essay and don’t tell your boss. Otherwise, they might get you out of there right away.

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