Slang dictionary edgelord [ej-lawrd] March 28, 2019 What does edgelord mean? An edgelord is someone on an internet forum who deliberately talks about controversial, offensive, taboo, or nihilistic subjects in order to shock other users in an effort to appear cool, or edgy. Related words subreddit, scumbro, snowflake, cringey, fuckboy, incel, bluepilled normalfag, Pepe the Frog Where does edgelord come from? thirteen013 / Smack Jeeves The stereotypical edgelord is imagined to lurk on internet forums like 4chan and Reddit. We imagine a misanthropic, internet-addicted teen wearing a black trench coat and sunglasses, with their hair dyed black. YES THE EDGELORD HAS REGAINED HIS TRENCH COAT! #SAO pic.twitter.com/CWNSFA0FbG — mr. ethical;notes (@senpainotes) May 9, 2017 The term combines edge and lord. Edge refers to edgy, used of online behavior that is deliberately pushing the boundaries of taste and decency. Lord, seen in other internet slang terms like shitlord and douchelord, is a mocking honorific. one of the boys in my tut is in dangerous edgelord territory, will update if racist — jessica lange please curb stomp me (@dumbpad) March 28, 2019 Edgelord can therefore be an insult for people online who are trying to impress others by posting about dark, shocking content. Typical edgelords might utter racist and/or sexist comments, post gruesome videos of shooting deaths, or have, shall we say, nuanced views of fascism and nihilism. An edgelord, for instance, might say positive things about Hitler, or they might aggrandize mass shootings, hoping their edginess makes them seem unique or especially intellectual. I mean, he's not so much denying the holocaust as being a smart-arse edgelord about it, but it's still pretty vile. — Tom Magennis (@TomMagennis) July 30, 2017 The term edgelord was defined on Urban Dictionary by 2015 and is established online by 2017. Google registers search interest in the term as early as 2010–13. katnipneverclean / Reddit Examples of edgelord I can't stand people who try and act smart by being entirely pessimistic. Like grow up, edgelord. @NightlyComet, June 2017 This brand of coolness must be very fun online, because it’s showing up a lot these days. If you express a modicum of can-do spirit, or tweet about taking action to "stop" climate change, an edgelord will see it as their job to throw cold water on your enthusiasm, just as a denier will see it as their job to say climate science is a scam made up by China and George Soros. Mike Pearl, Vice, October 2018 Memedroid / ifunny.co SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses edgelord? Especially on social media sites like Reddit, 4chan, and Tumblr, edgelord is used to insult people who think they are being cool by being especially risqué, provocative, or dark. Edgy, if you will. Usually, though, they just end up sounding offensive. 126K people follow an Aus Facebook meme page that denigrates Indigenous people while comparing prominent Muslims to insects, cancer, rubbish etc. Just one example of racist “edgelord” meme culture in Australia. @smh https://t.co/Xh0FzvkY98 — Patrick Begley (@begley_patrick) March 22, 2019 Edgelords can sometimes be viewed as cringe-inducingly fake, posting or commenting on racy content with the explicit intent of getting into an argument, or just to push someone’s buttons. You offer domination-justifying pop psychology to your terrible edgelord Nazi fanboys and naturally they get angry when you go off-script aka appear to be less than an intellectual cover for their racist desires 😂 https://t.co/uUnrpnLXSn — inorganic african feminist (@ztsamudzi) October 29, 2018 I'm really surprised that it's the Goldsmiths LGBTQ+ Twitter page that has supplied the most racy takes of recently. Y'all need to up your game if you want to remain top of the edgelord sweepstakes. pic.twitter.com/zHQtMAgvyA — 🦇 ⤵️🕳 (@xenogothic) September 12, 2018 The term began to spread in 2018 to refer to anyone who thinks a subversive embrace of bigoted attitudes (like neo-Nazism) or controversial stances (climate change denialism) makes them somehow appear hip, or against-the-grain, or “intellectually adventurous.” I've never met anyone who cares about environmental issues who thinks recycling alone will halt climate change. I've also never met anyone who refuses to recycle and doesn't think they're some revolutionary edgelord for doing so — Samantha Walton (@samlwalton) July 19, 2018 Psa ~ being an edgelord online isnt cool or funny just stop nobody is entertained u just look dumb lmao — y2k (@y2k2y) May 23, 2017 Edgelord is also sometimes used as a more playful nickname for goth-y characters like Reaper from the video game Overwatch, or Professor Snape from Harry Potter. Even Shadow from Sonic the Hedgehog, with a similarly dark appearance and gloomy demeanor, has been dubbed an edgelord. i swear im not trying to be edgelord but black coffee & dark chocolate are always better — 𖤐 (@burialbliss) March 25, 2019 REASONS SNAPE DESERVED TO DIE:-bullied children-classic edgelord Nice Guy-vandalized an innocent book in its prime — Paul Krueger @ WonderCon (@NotLikeFreddy) May 2, 2017 Just Added Black Music Appreciation Month, Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of edgelord like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of edgelord that will help our users expand their word mastery.