What does Hype mean?

‘Hype’ means ‘Awesome’

When something is described as being “hype”, it essentially means it’s really cool or awesome. This could be an event like a festival, a movie, a song, a character, and so on.

People mostly associate the term hype with a high level of excitement. For instance, one might say, “I’m hyped for tonight’s party” or question “Is this new artist living up to the hype?”.

Interestingly, hype started being used as an adjective around 2020 and remained popular into 2021. So, instead of just being used to describe a state of excitement, it began to describe the quality of things. For example, “This gadget is hype” or “Your tunes are hype”. Despite its popularity, the roots of this usage are unclear.

The slang term hype is most commonly used by young adults and teenagers. They use it both in face-to-face conversations and digital communications, including online chats and text messages. It’s often used in the same way as other slang terms like “fire” to express enthusiasm about something cool.

Example for using ‘Hype’ in a conversation

I just watched a new superhero movie, it was so hype! πŸŽ₯πŸ”₯

Oh, really? I’ve been hearing a lot about it. Is it worth the hype? πŸ€”

Definitely! The action scenes were amazing and the plot was so cool. You gotta watch it! πŸ™Œ

Sounds awesome! I’ll definitely check it out this weekend. Thanks for the recommendation! πŸ˜„