Slang Of The Day: Lit
Lit means amazing or awesome.
The Full Answer
Lit is a slang term that is most commonly used to describe someone or something as amazing or awesome.
Lit is frequently used in relation to parties and other events, meaning they are on fire and full of energy. Lit parties or events are wild, exciting and great fun.
You can also use lit to describe the excitement or hype about an upcoming event.
You can apply lit in a much broader way too, by using it in reference to pretty much anyone or anything. You can do this when you want to describe how amazing or awesome someone or something is.
When referring to someone as lit, you may also be describing them as drunk or stoned. This is the other widely used definition of the term.
There is an overlap between these two meanings. Lit parties or events will often generate their excitement with the help of alcohol and/or drugs. Many people at lit parties (first meaning) will themselves be lit (second meaning).
Lit forms part of a number of popular slang phrases, including get lit, which means to get drunk or stoned…
and it’s lit, which is usually used to describe a party or other event that is wild, exciting and great fun…
and lit af, which means that someone or something is extremely lit….
and lit fam, which is used to tell a close friend or a group of close friends that someone or something is lit.
Where Would You See Lit?
In texting… and chat… and on social media, such as Instagram… and Facebook… and Twitter.
Dating a smart girl is lit until you get into an argument & she has a 10 page essay & PowerPoint explaining why she’s right & you’re wrong.
Last night’s party was lit af!
Me when I stay at home rather than go to a party but then see on Snapchat that it’s so lit and realize I should have gone.
Random Lit Stuff
Since the early 20th century, lit has been used as slang for intoxicated. It derived from the original use of the word, meaning to be illuminated.
In the 1930s, the meaning of lit expanded to describe someone under the influence of other drugs.
The resurgence of lit in slang usage since the mid-2000s is largely due to hip hop culture. It broadened from describing people at wild, exciting parties and other events to the parties and events themselves. This in turn further expanded on a mainstream level to a general term meaning amazing or awesome.
A number of hip hop artists have used lit in their music, which reflects the influence of this genre on the term. Examples include Get Lit by A$AP Rocky (2011)…
and Lit Like Bic by Rae Sremmurd (2015)…
and Lit by Wiz Khalifa (2015).
Other Lit Meanings
Literature (e.g. chick lit or English Lit).
Limerick Institute of Technology.
The past tense of light.