What Does ILLEST Mean in a Text?

ILLEST means "Coolest." The term ILLEST comes from ILL (Cool), which itself derives from SICK (Cool). ILL and SICK are neologisms (new terms) that carry positive connotations as opposed to the literal negative ones.

ILLEST is most frequently used in hip-hop culture and can frequently be heard in rap songs. Often boastful, the word states that the user is the coolest, and the best, at what they are doing. Calling someone the ILLEST is a definite compliment.

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When I write ILLEST, I mean this:

meaning of ILLEST

Describing yourself the ILLEST could portray you as cool and confident, but it could also portray you as arrogant.

Summary of Key Points

"Coolest" is the most common definition for ILLEST 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

Examples of ILLEST in Sentences

Here are examples of ILLEST being used in conversations:
  • Tony: His new track is amazing!
  • Jordan: Yeah man, he's the ILLEST!
  • Tony: I'll win the rap battle because I'm the ILLEST around.
  • Jordan: He doesn't stand a chance against you.

An Academic Look at ILLEST

ILLEST is typically used as an adjective (i.e., a describing word) and is used just as freely in real speech as it is online.

Example of ILLEST Used in a Text

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