Simp

What is a simp?

A person who obsesses over someone that does not return the same affection

A simp is a person who does a lot of really nice things for someone he or she likes but doesn't receive much affection from him or her in return. It is typically used as a negative term to criticize a guy who is being strung along by a girl.

The online usage of the term dates back to at least 2012. However, it did not become popular until 2019-2020 when teenagers and young adults began heavily using the term in TikTok and YouTube social media videos.

It is primarily used to describe heterosexual guys who are pursuing disinterested girls. However, it may also describe girls who are hopelessly "head over heels" for someone.

The term is often seen when someone is pointing out that a guy is being breadcrumbed by a girl. The girl may be unaware she's doing this, or she's doing it on purpose because she likes the focused attention. The simp may be oblivious to the fact that he is being led on or he is just too infatuated with the girl to stop.

The term may also be used to make fun of guys who are just generally kind to a female without getting any sexual favors in return. This usage has been heavily criticized since it promotes a toxic culture of masculinity where it's only worth being kind to women if they can get something out of it. Along that same train of thought, some people claim that the term is actually an acronym that stands for "Suckas Idolizing Mediocre P****."

The verb form of "Simp" is "simping." You may see this when someone is referring to a person who is currently in a one-sided pursuit. An example of this is "Kevin is simping on Claire and it's so cringe-worthy."

Example

"He got her JLo perfume and she gave it to her friend right in front of him."
"Man, Adam is such a simp."

A sad simp

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Last Updated: June 23, 2020

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