What does ‘based’ mean on TikTok?

Kawter Abed
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The slang word ‘based’ has become increasingly popular on social media platforms like TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, and more. Here’s everything to know about what ‘based’ means.

TikTok has been leading the way when it comes to viral content, and the app is filled with different slang words and acronyms which people use in videos, comments, and direct messages.

‘Based’ is one term that you may have seen used frequently on TikTok, as well as other platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. Despite how popular it is on these apps, however, many people don’t know what this term actually means.

Initially, the word meant being addicted to a drug, especially cocaine, but now it has a completely different meaning online. So, what does ‘based’ mean? Here’s everything you need to know.

‘Based’ meaning on TikTok

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The viral word ‘based’ on TikTok means to be yourself without worrying about how other people may perceive you. The slang was created by the rapper Lil B, who said it means “being yourself and not caring what others think of you — to carry yourself with swagger.”

According to an interview with Complex, Lil B took the negative connotation associated with the word and flipped it around to give it a positive meaning. The rapper further explained that “based” is generally used as “un-woke” on social media.

On TikTok, the hashtag for the word has 7.1 billion views, and creators often use the tag when their videos relate to the idea of being courageous, original, and unaffected by common culture.

It can also be used as an affirmative statement to show agreement. For example, if a TikToker shares an unpopular opinion, users could simply reply “based” to show that they agree with them.

If there are any other viral TikTok terms you don’t know the meaning of, you can check out our guide here to learn all about the platform’s most popular slang.

About The Author

Kawter Abed is a London-based Entertainment Writer at Dexerto. She covers celebrity and reality TV news, and the latest viral TikTok trends. Kawter has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media, and a Master’s in International Journalism. When she's not covering celebrities and TikTok stories, she enjoys reading, binging shows on Netflix, and playing nostalgic Nintendo games. You can contact her at kawter.abed@dexerto.com