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Blend of Internet +‎ web (World Wide Web). The first use of this phrase is disputed.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɪntəˌwɛb/, /ˈɪntɚˌwɛb/
  • (file)


interweb (plural interwebs or interwebz)

  1. (Internet slang, humorous, often in the plural) The Internet.
    • 1997, Christian Schenck, Christine Schopf, editors, Cyberarts, →ISBN, page 70:
      "Web Hopper" is an interweb site that enables you to visualize your Web hopping and that of other Net users.
    • 2007 March 26, Phil Libin; Jon Udell (interviewer), “Jon Udell's Interviews With Innovators: Phil Libin”, in IT Conversations, GigaVox Media[1], archived from the original on 2013-07-29:
      Basically anyone who wants to get a license for nefarious purposes, nefarious or at the very least [] unsactioned, they now get to shop around. [] With the interwebs, it's gonna be pretty easy to tell which states [] are the best shopping locations.
    • 2010, “Enter The Ninja”, performed by Die Antwoord:
      They said I was a fucking psycho / But look at me now, all up in the interweb, world wide
    • 2022 April 20, Mariella Rudi, “Tostitos Hint of Lime has zero lime – but it’s still the perfect chip”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Very little exists in the annals of the interwebs about Tostitos Hint of Lime. Many nights I’ve sucked down crusty mossed fingertips and typed away in a green-out (like a blackout, but from eating too much Tostitos Hint of Lime), searching for a like-minded fanclub, historical taxonomy, or even a press release.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Typically used in a jocular or sarcastic manner by more experienced Internet users, especially as a mockery of the less experienced when used with teh.



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