What Does Dayum Mean in a Text?

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Dayum means "damn." It is a slang expression, used as a comical representation of how the word "damn" sounds when spoken with an accent from the southern United States. It is widely used to express (usually mock) anger, frustration or admiration, or to provide emphasis. For example:

  • "That pizza looks so dayum good I could eat it!"
  • "You're dayum right I'm going. Dayum wild horses wouldn't stop me!"
  • "Dayum! I didn't see that coming."
In 2012, The Gregory Brothers and Daym Drops had a viral hit with a song entitled Oh My Dayum:

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meaning of Dayum

Dayum is typically used humorously.

Summary of Key Points

"Damn" is the most common definition for Dayum on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at Dayum

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Dayum is an exclamation or interjection. Interjections are not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. They are included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, frustration, excitement, or enthusiasm. In formal writing, interjections are often offset from the surrounding or following words with commas. For example:

  • Dayum, did you see that cat go!

  • (Here, Dayum is an interjection expressing surprise or admiration.)
  • Dayum, I knew he was gonna do something stupid.

  • (Here, Dayum is an interjection expressing frustration.)
Dayum is also used as an adjective (i.e., a describing word). For example:
  • Did you see that Dayum cat go?!

  • (Here, the adjective Dayum modifies the noun cat.)

Example of Dayum Used in a Text

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