What does pressed mean?


When someone is stressed, upset, or annoyed about something, they may say they're feeling pressed. This slang term is meant to convey the "weight" of the annoying thing, pressing in against the person's emotional bandwidth.

For example, if a tennis player is feeling stressed because their coach is being especially hard on them, the player may exclaim "She's got me feeling so pressed!" Or, if you are annoyed with your little brother Dylan, you could tell your friends that "Dylan's constant whining is making me pressed."

Where is pressed used?

You're most likely to encounter pressed on TikTok, Twitter, and other social media sites. On these sites, users most commonly use pressed to call out other users, when they are acting upset about something trivial. Users also use pressed to describe their own emotional state.

Do pressed and depressed mean the same thing?

No, they don't. Despite pressed's similarity to depressed, pressed means "upset" not "despondent." (However, being pressed can eventually lead to being depressed.)


All these upset BTS 'stans' got me so pressed
A use of pressed on Twitter
A use of pressed on Twitter

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Updated November 17, 2021

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