What does Douche mean?


Douche is a shortened form of the insult ‘douchebag’ and is used to describe someone who is unpleasant or overly self-important. It’s a term often thrown around when people are being nasty or full of themselves, either online or in real life.

For instance, if someone is causing trouble on social media (which happens quite a lot), you might comment, “That douche needs to log off and get some fresh air.” However, be aware that using ‘douche’ as an insult can offend some people, particularly in formal or educational settings. It might be better to use a less controversial term like “jerk”.

The term ‘douche’ evolved from ‘douchebag’, which originally referred to a piece of medical equipment used for internal cleaning. The insult ‘douchebag’ began to be used as early as the 1940s, suggesting that someone was ‘dirty’ or ‘unclean’. The shortened version, ‘douche’, gained popularity in the 1980s and 90s.

Example for using ‘Douche’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see what John posted on Instagram?

Yeah, he’s such a douche. Always showing off his expensive stuff.

I know, right? He thinks he’s better than everyone.

Exactly! He needs to chill and stop acting like he’s the coolest person on earth. πŸ™„