What Does HEAT Mean in a Text?

HEAT means "Pressure" and "Gun." It is also a term used to refer to a highly desirable pair of sneakers.

Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.


HEAT has long been used as a synonym for pressure (i.e., the sort of pressure that causes stress, not the sort that drives internal combustion engines (ICE)). For example:
  • If you can't stand the HEAT, get out of the kitchen.


In certain parts of the USA, HEAT is slang for a gun, usually a handgun. For example:
  • They'll be coming tonight and they'll be packing HEAT.


In the sneakerhead community, HEAT is used to refer to shoes that are extremely sought after. Most HEAT shoes are rare and very expensive.

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When I write HEAT, I mean this:

meaning of HEAT

HEAT is slang for "Gun," "Pressure," and "Highly Desirable Sneakers."

Summary of Key Points for First Definition

"Pressure" is a common definition for HEAT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Second Definition

"Gun" is another common definition for HEAT.
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Third Definition

Among sneakerheads, HEAT means "Highly Desirable Sneakers."
Definition:Highly Desirable Sneakers
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at HEAT

When used to mean "Pressure," "Gun," or "Highly Desirable Sneakers," HEAT is a slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of HEAT as a slang word long pre-dates the digital era.

Example of HEAT Used in a Text

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