Weak Tea

What does Weak Tea mean?

‘Weak Tea’ is slang for ‘Boring gossip’

If someone tells you something and you find it a bit dull or unexciting, you would call it ‘Weak Tea’. It’s a way to express that the gossip or secret you just heard didn’t meet your expectations.

The phrase has its roots in the term “Spill the tea”, where “tea” represents “truth”. The phrase was first used by a drag queen named Lady Chablis. She used it in the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, which was published in 1994.

Even though it was popular within the drag queen community, ‘Weak Tea’ didn’t gain much attention in mainstream conversations until 2017 and 2018. That’s when phrases like “Spill the tea” started getting used more often.

Example for using ‘Weak Tea’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear the latest gossip?

Yeah, spill the tea! What’s the scoop?

Well, apparently, Sarah and John broke up.

Oh, weak tea! I thought it was going to be something juicier.