What does snowflake mean?

A sensitive young person

A snowflake is a derogatory term used to describe a young person who is easily offended, too emotionally vulnerable to deal with challenging views, and non-resilient compared to other generations. It comes from the fragility of a snowflake that easily melts when coming in contact with an object.

Many people believe the origin of the term comes from the 1996 book and 1999 movie "Fight Club" which includes the "You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake" line. However, the term didn't truly gain popularity until many years later when older people began using the term to describe younger people in the 2010s. The term is often used by older conservatives to make fun of younger liberals similarly to the liberal tears term.


"These poor little snowflakes can't handle Trump winning the election.
Snowflake meme mocking the call for campus "safe spaces"

Snowflake meme mocking the call for campus "safe spaces"

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Last Updated: March 1, 2017

Snowflake definition

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