Basic Slang: Meaning, Origin, Sentence Examples

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(Adjective) The term Basic is used by Gen Z as another word for a person who is “boring” or “uncool.” This word became a trend in the app called TikTok and is now widely used by influencers and even regular people.


The first ever usage of the slang “basic” was back in 2011 when the term was still “basic bitch.” The term evolved and is now just “basic” but still means the same thing.

Demographic (Who Uses This Word)

The comedian Lil Duval was the first person to use the term “basic bitch” and after several years, the term was present in numerous rap songs. Then, the term was shortened to “basic” because of Gen Z TikTok users and influencers.

Basic Used in a Sentence

  • Example 1: Why are you hanging out with her? Isn’t she basic?
  • Example 2: You pretend you’re special but you are just really basic!

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