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A White Dad From The Burbs Explains The Meaning Of “Thicc”

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The term “thicc” has exploded onto the social scene as a mainstream descriptor for women of a certain body type. But which body type, where and how did the term originate, and who, exactly, is thicc? It can be a little confusing if you don’t have your ear to the streets, so let this pretty cool white dad from the ‘burbs explain and get you caught up.

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Back at it again, keeping you all informed about the latest and greatest in American pop culture and helping you keep your street cred on the up and up. Today we’re digging into a term that you have definitely seen hit the TL a time or two recently: thicc.

Thicc, derived from the English word “thick,” is a term used to describe a woman of a curvaceous physique, usually one with wide-set hips, thick thighs, and a big ass butt. Though it may be unsettling for some women to be described this way, the term is intended to be complimentary, as women of this nature are commonly sexually desirable. The most common usage of “thicc” is preceded by the adjective “lowkey,” as in “damn that bitch lowkey thicc.” “Lowkey,” also accepted pop cultural vernacular, basically means understated.

Examples of ways to use “thicc” in a sentence:

• I’m tryna switch my schedule up because the new English teacher lowkey thicc. Your boy wants to sit front row and learn about prepositions and shit.
• Have you guys seen pictures of the girl Darren hooked up with over winter break? I don’t know how he pulled it off, man. She hella thicc.
• Yo did you see Cathy yesterday watering her hydrangeas in yoga pants? Ayyye she stupid thicc.
• The main reason I voted for Hillary is because she lowkey thicc in those pant suits.

A couple examples of incorrect ways to use “thicc” can be found below.

Notice how the Twitter user is using thicc as the literal interpretation of the word “thick,” which does not work here. Plots cannot thiccen, but they can thicken. It makes sense. Thicc is only meant to describe thick women.

The Origin of “Thicc”

The term dates back to the mid-2000s, with its earliest occurrence on the internet appearing on a website for hip-hop artists on November 4, 2004. The excerpt is below.

“aiigh mayne, don’t even hate on this n*gga. I don’t give a shit wha y’all say, he thicc and sexy. Meenah feel me on this shit. N*gga look like a football player, and das wha I love. Y’all know how n*ggas be trippin’ bout thicc girlz? It’s our turn.”

That’s beautiful.

The term wasn’t popularized, however, until much later. The year 2015 would prove to be thicc’s, as it would become a cultural phenomenon. By mid-2015, “thicc” was becoming a widely used slang term in an ironic, humorous manner. People were thicc. Objects were thicc. Cartoon characters were thicccccccc. Every damn thing was thicc. The two below tweets from early on were influential in bringing the term mainstream.

Here’s another good one from August of 2016.

Look at the water molecule. The hydrogen and oxygens look like a big ole fat ass busting out of a red swimsuit. It’s thicc as hell.

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Dillon Cheverere

Dillon Cheverere is the Vice President of Media for Grandex, Inc. Dillon graduated (BBA) with a GPA sitting in the meaty part of the bell curve, not lagging behind, but not trying to show off, either. Golf is his game now. He's long off the tee but can't putt for shit. Email: dillon@grandex.co

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