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Etymology 1

Originating and coined in the mid-2000s, but popularized by a 2014 video uploaded on Vine.



  1. (informal) Used to express excitement or approval.
    • 2014 June 11, J. Tinsley, “Now We Know Who Really Lost The Mistah Fab-DJ Mustard Fight”, in Uproxx:
      The “YEET!” sound effect with the punch at :40
    • 2017 November 5, Harry Lyles Jr., “Miami players waited to surprise Mark Richt with a Gatorade bath for when they got into the locker room”, in SB Nation:
      After Richt got his shower, the Miami players surrounding him while yelling “YEET!” in unison.
    • 2017 October 11, Caroline Fenkel, “The Power of an IRL Community: Creating Space for Teens to Unplug and Engage”, in U.S. News & World Report:
      Often, my teenagers would exclaim "Yeet." I am still not quite sure what it means, but I knew they liked to say it, and it was usually after something positive.
    • 2018 April 12, Mary Ward, “What does 'yeet' mean?”, in the Sydney Morning Herald:
      As an exclamation, yeet broadly means "yes". But it can also be a greeting, or just an impassioned grunt, like a spoken dab.
    • 2018 October 12, Kristina Shriver, “Cracking the Code on Gen Z Slang: Yeet, Gucci, and Other Terms Your Kids Are Saying”, in Our Community Now:
      Yeet: An exclamation that could be used in various situations — as a way to say “yes,” to express excitement, to issue a battle cry, etc. — depending on context.


yeet (plural yeets)

  1. (Internet) A type of dance with flailing arm motions, popularized by social media website Vine.
    • 2014 April 8, “The 7 Different Ways You Can #Yeet”, in Cambio:
      Yeet is the new twerk and while it may look like nothing more than a full-body flail, there are some very important techniques you need to know before you embark on your own yeet adventure. Here are seven different ways you can yeet.
    • 2015 June 1, David Turner, “Interview: Youtube Star SheLovesMeechie Dances from the Garage to the Stage”, in Noisey:
      Meechie's videos reach hundreds of thousands, sometimes even eclipsing the views of the artists' official visuals, but lately his biggest successes are instead dedicated to specific dances like the whip, yeet, and even the still-regional “Hit Dem Folks” dance, which mimics a basketball player dunking.
    • 2015 September 22, Rembert Browne, “A Note on 'Jumpman' by Metro Boomin ft. Drake and Future”, in Grantland:
      The yeet began, culturally, with a Vine of a kid affectionately nicknamed Lil Meatball doing the dance on his school's track.
    • 2016 October 27, “The Death of Vine Makes the Internet a Worse Place”, in New York Magazine:
      Especially black teens, who created a disproportionate number of popular Vines and used the social network to demonstrate wit, intelligence, creativity, and comic timing that was rarely given a spotlight elsewhere. That included dance trends like the yeet.


yeet (third-person singular simple present yeets, present participle yeeting, simple past and past participle yeeted or (humorous) yote)

  1. To move quickly.
  2. To throw an object a long distance or with a sudden or forceful motion.
    • 2018 September 13, Stacey Ritzen, “What does ‘yeet’ mean—and how did it become a meme?”, in The Daily Dot:
      Yeet can take on any number of uses as a noun or a verb, typically as a way to express a sudden or forceful motion, such as throwing an object long distance.

Etymology 2

From Middle English yeten, ȝeten, from Middle English ye, ȝe (ye). Compare Middle English thouten.

Alternative forms


yeet (third-person singular simple present yeets, present participle yeeting, simple past and past participle yeeted)

  1. (obsolete) to ye (address with the pronoun "ye")