What does Sheesh mean?

A way to show you can’t believe what’s happening

‘Sheesh’ is a well-known slang expression used to exhibit amazement or astonishment, whether in response to something nice or not so nice. It’s a term that’s been around for a while, used by people of all ages in both in-person and online conversations, especially when they’re shocked by something.

The exact origin of sheesh is a bit of a mystery, but it’s believed to have come about in the 20th century. It’s thought to be a variation on expressions like “Jeez,” “Jesus,” or even “S***.” People would say it to voice their disbelief about something that had been said or done.

In recent times, however, sheesh has also become a viral TikTok trend. A user going by the handle @meetjames made a video where he doused a frog in water, with a high-pitched rendition of “sheesh” playing in the background. This video sparked a trend and gave sheesh a new life on the platform.

Following this, other TikTokers started creating and sharing memes showcasing impressive or satirical feats, using the “sheesh” audio clip, known as “King James” version, and the #sheesh tag. These videos ranged from boasting about remarkable achievements, like a revamped car, to pretending to be thrilled by things older people might find exciting, such as a well-kept lawn or a new kitchen appliance.

Example for using ‘Sheesh’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that new car John bought?

Yeah, sheesh! It’s so sleek and shiny!

I know, right? I can’t believe he got such a cool ride!

Sheesh, he really knows how to make an entrance.