What does “side eye” mean on TikTok?

Georgina Smith
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TikTok has helped produce several new terms and sayings for quite some time now. One term that has expanded increasingly is “side eye”. Here is everything you need to know about the meaning of “side eye.”

TikTok has millions of users across the world every day, who discover new content and upload videos of their own.

Like any social media platform, TikTok is full of a variety of different slang terms and abbreviations that are seen frequently in comment sections. However, if you are out of the loop, some of these phrases could be confusing.

‘Side eye’ is one term that has been quite popular on the app recently. You would have even spotted it in comment sections or in videos. There are also viral audios that include the phrase which has spawned thousands of videos.

But what does ‘side eye’ mean? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Meaning of ‘side eye’ on TikTok

According to commenters, ‘side eye’ is a term people use when they are questioning someone’s intentions, or silently judging them. The term is usually used to judge someone in a negative manner.

As the name suggests, ‘side eye’ refers to a facial expression where somebody looks to the side with just their eyes. Many users have also made videos about using the ‘side eye’ to silently communicate with their friends about something happening near them.

So, if you see ‘side eye’ as a comment under any TikTok, it often means that the person commenting is judging or questioning the content of the video in some way.

If there are other terms or phrases being used on TikTok that you are confused about, check out our guide here to learn all about the app’s most popular terms.

About The Author

Georgina was formerly an entertainment writer for Dexerto. She covered all aspects of influencer culture on TikTok and more, including creators such as Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae. She also wrote about hit reality shows such as Love Island and Below Deck.