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What does yeet mean?

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YEET! The yeet is a viral 2014 dance involving moving your shoulders and slightly bent legs together with arms outstretched. It inspired various memes and popularized yeet as an expression of excitement.

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Examples of yeet

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Examples of yeet
I swear I can't dance but when I'm in the shower I be trying to yeet, do the Nae Nae, all type of dances
@TheRealCobb06, November 2014
being a fish must be so terrifying like imagine finding a delicious tasty treat and when you go to eat it God’s just like YEET and you’re yanked up into the sky
@brycesta, July 2018
As more and more people started to yeet, the name for the dance move slowly worked its way into casual conversation, as a new way to express excitement over something.
Mehak Anwar, Bustle, August 2015

Where does yeet come from?

While its exact origins are unclear, the story of yeet begins in black social media culture in February 2014. Several people are credited for the dance, including YouTuber Milik Fullilove, who calls out Yeet! as he does his moves with personal flourishes.

Following more YouTube yeet demonstrations and even a hip-hop song, yeet went viral after Vine (RIP, Vine) user Jas Nicole posted a video of a young man, called Lil Meatball, doing the dance in March 2014.

Internet users made remixes of Lil Meatball—and plenty of memes. The memes photoshopped a still of Lil Meatball, arms extended, into various settings, such as playing baseball or drumming.


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Perhaps because people often say yeet while doing the dance, yeet spread an interjection all its own to show enthusiasm or express approval, e.g., Yes, I got an A on that paper. Yeet!

An Urban Dictionary entry from 2008, however, already defines yeet as an excited exclamation, particularly in sports and sexual contexts. It’s very possible that the yeet cried out during the dance is taken from such an older, organic interjection in black culture, but the viral yeet dance no doubt help popularize the term.

Yeet faded in popular culture until March 2018, when users of the subreddit r/dankmemes—dedicated to so-called dank memes, which are deliberately odd and obscure—started posting new yeet memes. They riff on the word yeet in a variety of absurd contexts, often with images of the face with tears of joy emoji, 😂.

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Who uses yeet?

Yeet, the dance, can be referred to as the yeet, yeeting, or simply yeet, and is strongly connected to black popular culture. One can dance it to any song or just do it spontaneously.

People have given the exclamatory yeet many definitions and uses, but they mostly hew to senses of a joyous “Hell yes!” that echoes the fun of the dance. This yeet has seen plenty of punning and ironic takes online, including jokes about yote being its past tense.

Other internet users apply yeet to situations where someone is blowing something away, like a wizard with a wand, senses which may call back to yeet‘s use in scoring in sports.

Yeet memes, meanwhile, are meant to be intentionally weird and puzzling.

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