What Does CAP Mean in a Text?

CAP means "lie or exaggerate" and "bullet." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Lie or Exaggerate

The word cap and the cap emoji (cap emoji) are used as synonym of lie ("a false or misleading statement") or exaggerate ("represent something as being better or worse than it really is"). They are used to call something out as untrue. For example:
  • Toni: I scored with Lee at the club last night.
  • Ali: CAP. I saw you get the bus on your own.
  • Sam: My cousin is going to get me tickets to Kanye's album launch party.
  • Jo: cap emoji. You're lying.
The origins of the term cap in this context are unclear. However, it gained popularity in 2017, with the release of the song "No Cap," by Atlanta-based rappers Future and Young Thug.


The word cap is also used as a synonym of "bullet." For example:
  • If I see you around here again, I'm gonna pop a cap in your ass.

Image for CAP

When I write CAP, I mean this:

meaning of CAP

As well as "lie," cap also means "bullet."

Summary of Key Points for First Definition

"Lie" is the most common definition for CAP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Summary of Key Points for Second Definition

"Bullet" is another common definition for CAP. Adults

Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at CAP

CAP can be used as either a verb (i.e. a doing word) or a noun (an object). For example:
  • Are you capping?
  • (Here, cap is being used as a verb.)
  • That's a cap.
  • (Here, cap is being used as a noun.)

Example of CAP Used in a Text

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