What is Glazing Slang?

In the ever-evolving world of internet slang, a new term has emerged to describe a rather inauthentic form of flattery: glazing. But what exactly does it mean, and where did it come from?

Glazing refers to the act of showering someone with excessive compliments or praise, often to an insincere or annoying degree. It’s the online equivalent of “sucking up” or “kissing ass,” with an extra layer of cringe thrown in for good measure.

List Of Popular Internet Slang Acronyms & Terms Commonly Used For Glazing

  • GOAT: Greatest Of All Time (used sarcastically to exaggerate someone’s achievements)
  • Bussin: Originally meant “delicious” but can be used sarcastically to mock excessive praise.
  • Shook: Originally meant “shocked” but can be used to playfully mock someone acting overly impressed.
  • No cap: Meant to emphasize truthfulness, but can be used sarcastically to mock overly enthusiastic compliments.
  • Fire: Originally meant “awesome” but can be used sarcastically to mock someone being overly complimentary.
compilation of tiktok screenshots showing glazing slang

Origin Story: From Twitch to TikTok

While the exact origin is debated, glazing seems to have first surfaced on platforms like Twitch, potentially emerging from a Discord server in late 2020. However, it wasn’t until it hit TikTok in late 2020 that glazing truly took off.

The Rise of Glazing Memes

TikTok, with its focus on short, funny videos, became the breeding ground for glazing memes.

These memes often compared glazing to a doughnut overloaded with sugary glaze, perfectly capturing the excessive and somewhat sickening nature of inauthentic compliments.

Meme Showing bun as a sugary glaze

There are many slang terms used to appreciate others as compliments, but these can sometimes be considered glazing. For example, praising someone with the comment “Face card never declines” or commenting “BBW” on their physical appearance might be seen as glazing. Additionally, there’s another simple slang term, “grool,” which is used as a positive comment.

How Glazing is Used Today?

Glazing is primarily used in online spaces:

  • Texting: You might playfully text a friend “you’re glazing me so hard right now” if they’re gushing about your new haircut.
  • Gaming: During a livestream, viewers might type “glazing” in the chat if a streamer is lavishing praise on another player’s skills, perhaps a bit too generously.
  • Social Media: Glazing thrives on platforms like TikTok and Twitter, where it’s used in funny comments, captions, and memes.


Texting: You post a selfie with a new outfit and your friend replies, “Omg you look FIRE!! Seriously, that outfit is amazing! Werk queen! ‍♀️” (This is glazing because it piles on so many compliments it becomes a bit much.)

Gaming: A streamer just won a super close match in an online game. A viewer types in the chat, “Glazingggggg! You’re literally the best player EVER! ” (This glazes the streamer by exaggerating their skill level.)

Social Media: A makeup brand posts a picture of a new lipstick shade. Someone comments, “This color is EVERYTHING! I NEED it in my life! Take all my money! ” (This glazes by being overly enthusiastic about the product.)

Sarcastic Glazing: You post a picture of yourself with a funny haircut. Your friend comments, “Wow, that haircut is…unique? Glazing!” (Here, glazing is used sarcastically to poke fun at your haircut.)

Is Glazing Always Negative?

While glazing often points out over-the-top flattery, it can also be used playfully or even sarcastically.

For example, a friend might post a selfie with the caption “feeling myself today ” and their followers might jokingly comment “glazing!”

Glazing vs. Complimenting

There’s a fine line between a genuine compliment and glazing. A compliment is sincere and focuses on something specific you admire. Glazing, on the other hand, is excessive, insincere, and often comes across as disingenuous.

So, the next time you see someone laying on the compliments a little too thick online, you might just spot a case of glazing in action. Just remember to use this newfound knowledge responsibly – we wouldn’t want you to get accused of glazing yourself!

Norman Dale

I'm Norman Dale, a passionate blogger fascinated by internet language and digital trends. I spend my days decoding and exploring the latest slang and acronyms used on social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and in text messages. With a knack for uncovering the stories behind these trendy words, I love sharing their origins and evolution in fun and engaging blogs.

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