for the lulz

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First online uses appear around 2006 on 4chan.


for the lulz (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly Internet slang, dated) For kicks, for personal amusement.
    • 2012, Will Gragido, Daniel Molina, John Pirc, Nick Selby, Blackhatonomics: An Inside Look at the Economics of Cybercrime, Newnes →ISBN, page 29
      Still others are looking for a cause; perhaps this is the most dangerous of all, as their desire to be a part of something can have serious repercussions. And still others are in it all for the lulz.
    • 2014, Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land, Random House →ISBN, page 47
      [] fairies thought all this military stuff was pretty silly, but they went along with it for the same reason that fairies ever did anything, namely, for the lulz.
    • 2017, Chris Brookmyre, Want You Gone, Hachette UK →ISBN
      We're hackers on steroids. Our motivation is twofold. We do it because we can. We do it for the lulz.
    • 2019, John O’Connell, Bowie's Bookshelf, →ISBN:
      Then there's the stuff Bowie read for the lols, for example the book he and his childhood friend Geoff MacCormack amused themselves by reciting chunks from on an Amtrak train from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in September 1974—a pornographic novel called Yodel in the Canyon.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:for the lulz.