What Does PANTSTER Mean in a Text?

PANTSTER means "Improviser."

The word PANTSTER is used with the meaning "Improviser" to refer to someone who makes plans on the spur of the moment. PANTSTER comes from the phrase "Flying by the seat of their pants," which originated in early aviation parlance, when aircraft had few navigation and technical aids, so flying was accomplished by means of the pilot's judgment.

PANTSTER is widely used in writing circles, to refer to authors whose stories unfold as they write. (As opposed to "PLOTTERs," who set out their plans before they put pen to paper.)

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When I write PANTSTER, I mean this:

meaning of PANTSTER

A PANTSTER works things out as a situation unfolds.

Summary of Key Points

"Improviser" is the most common definition for PANTSTER on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

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Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Examples of PANTSTER in Sentences

Here are examples of PANTSTER being used in conversations:
  • Girl: You're such a PANTSTER.
  • Boy: As Irish singer/songwriter, Imelda May said: "I love to have no plans. It is amazing where your day can turn when you have no plans: meeting people or just going to a little pub on the side of the road."
  • Reporter: What was your plan at the start of the campaign?
  • Troll: I had no plan. I'm a PANTSTER. I had no idea that it would be so easy.

An Academic Look at PANTSTER

PANTSTER typically plays the role of a noun (i.e., a naming word), but it is occasionally seen as an adjective (i.e., a word that modifies a noun). For example:
  • I'm a PANTSTER. Don't ask me what happens next.
  • (Here, PANTSTER is a noun.)
  • My PANTSTER lifestyle keeps me sharp.
  • (Here, PANTSTER is an adjective that modifies the noun lifestyle.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "They fly by the seat of their pants" or "They make it up as they go along" instead of using PANTSTER. 

Example of PANTSTER Used in a Text

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