What is a cheug?

A person that likes outdated or inauthentic things

If you like something deemed unoriginal, tacky, or outdated, you may be called a "cheug." The name is pronounced "choog" and became popular in April 2021, primarily on TikTok, a video-sharing social site.

Where did cheug come from?

Cheug comes from cheugy (pronounced "chew-gee"), which is a term created by TikToker Hallie Cain in a March 30 TikTok post. Cain made up the word and thought it sounded appropriate for describing things no longer in style or inauthentic. As the term increased in popularity, people began using "cheug" to refer to people who liked cheugy things.

How is cheug used?

TikTokers (primarily teenagers and young adults) often use the term to describe millennial women that are either out-of-style or trying too hard to keep up with style in a tacky way. The women may decorate their houses with generic "Live, Laugh, Love" signs from major decorating store chains, or they may spend a lot of money on designer clothing.

However, cheugs aren't only women; men may be labeled as cheugs, too. Guys that like things deemed tacky by younger generations, such as Axe body spray, barbwire tats, and dad socks, may be called cheugs.

Is cheug meant to be an insult?

Cheug is similar to "basic," which is an insult, but cheug is not meant to be derogatory. Instead, it is mostly used as an observation. People may use the term in person, in texts, or online, especially on social sites, like TikTok and Twitter.

Although cheug is not meant to be mean, people may receive it that way because it's critical of what they like and their appearance. If you use it, be cautious when you do because a person may take it personally as a diss.


Your dad is such a cheug with his neon beer sign in his man-cave
Tweet about realizing you are a cheug
Tweet about realizing you are a cheug

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Updated May 11, 2021

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