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adjective Slang.
exhilarated; excited.
intoxicated or stupefied with a drug; high.
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Origin of stoked


un·stoked, adjective
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What does stoked mean?

Stoked is a slang adjective that describes someone as being very excited, as in I just heard that my favorite director is making a new movie and I’m already stoked.

Less commonly, stoked describes someone being intoxicated or stupefied by drugs.

Describing excitement, stoked is often followed by a word like about, to, or that to explain what a person is excited about, as in I’m pretty stoked about the huge graduation party tonight.

Stoked can also describe someone as being impaired by drugs, such as by being intoxicated or in a euphoric state, as in We had to take Josh home because he was too stoked to even remember where he lived.

Because both of these senses are slang, they generally aren’t used in formal writing. You’re more likely to see them on social media or hear them when talking with your friends.

Example: I’m stoked to go to the concert because my favorite band is the headliner.

Where does stoked come from?

The first records of the slang sense of stoked come from around 1963. It is the past tense of the verb stoke. The first records of stoke come from around 1675. It comes from the Dutch stoken, meaning “to feed or stock a fire.”

The slang stoked is believed to have come from Californian surfer slang during the 1950s or 1960s. Similarly to the slang gnarly, stoked has since spread from surfer lingo to mainstream use across the United States.

Interestingly, the excited sense of stoked has been used in Australia and New Zealand, but the intoxicated sense has not.

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  • unstoked (adjective)

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How is stoked used in real life?

Stoked is a common slang used when someone is excited about something.

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Is stoked used correctly in the following sentence?

My little sister loves animals and is really stoked to go to the zoo with me tomorrow.

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British Dictionary definitions for stoked

/ (stəʊkt) /

NZ informal very pleased; elatedreally stoked to have got the job
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