What Does MOOD Mean?

MOOD means "State of Mind" and "Relatable Feeling."

The word mood actually means "a temporary state of mind or feeling." In this context, mood is often used on social media with a hashtag (#mood) and an accompanying image, to indicate how the poster is feeling at that moment. For example:
image of sunset used to indicate mood #mood
However, mood is also used to express agreement with a sentiment (positive or negative) that someone has shared. In this context, mood means something like "I can relate to that feeling," or "I agree." For example:
  • Poster 1: I have lost my mood ring and I don't know how to feel about it.
  • Poster 2: mood.
Mood is often preceded by the adjective "big," either to add emphasis or to show that the indicated emotion is particularly intense or long-lasting.
  • I've just been to see a fortune teller and she gave me my money back. #big mood.

Summary of Key Points for First Definition

"Relatable Feeling" is the most common definition for MOOD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Relatable Feeling
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Second Definition

"State of Mind" is the most common definition for MOOD in everyday use.
Definition:State of Mind
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at MOOD

When used to express agreement with a sentiment, mood is a neologism (i.e., a newly coined word or term which has emerged into everyday use).

A neologism can be:
  • A new meaning for an existing word (e.g., mood, sick).
  • A completely new word (e.g., oversharers).
  • A new combination of existing words (e.g., digital detox).
Some neologisms are formally accepted into mainstream language (at which point, they cease to be neologisms), and some wither until they can longer be considered everyday terms.

Example of MOOD Used in a Text


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