What Does PSYCH Mean in a Text?

PSYCH means "Fooled You!" or "Only Joking!"

The word "PSYCH" is commonly used online and in conversation as a slang term to indicate that something that has just been said or typed was intended as a prank on the recipient or a joke. PSYCH is similar in meaning to phrases such as "Fooled you!" and "Only Joking!"

The use of PSYCH in this way probably stems from the phrase "Psych out," which means to psychologically get the better of someone (e.g., a sporting opponent or another party in a negotiation).

PSYCH is often spelled as "sike".

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When I write PSYCH, I mean this:

meaning of PSYCH

PSYCH is similar in meaning to phrases such as "Fooled You!" and "Only Joking!"

Video Summarizing SIKE

Here's a short video explaining how SIKE is used:
"SIKE" is the main term, but it is often seen as PSYCH, SIKE-NAH, PSYNAH, or just SN.

Summary of Key Points

"Fooled You!" or "Only Joking!" is the most common definition for PSYCH on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is some more information about PSYCH.
Definition:Fooled You! Only Joking!
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Examples of PSYCH in Sentences

Here are examples of PSYCH being used in conversations:
  • Tom: School's out next week. The heating is broken.
  • Dad: What?! What are we going to do?! Your mom and I have to work. You can't stay here on your own.
  • Tom: PSYCH! No such luck.
  • Sal: Are we on for the party on Friday?
  • Nick: You're not invited.
  • Sal: What?! I'm one of Jamie's best friends!
  • Nick: PSYCH! See you there around 7.30 pm.

An Academic Look at PSYCH

When used to mean something like "Fooled You!" or "Only Joking!", PSYCH 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.

PSYCH is used an interjection. An interjection is used to express a sentiment such as surprise, irritation, disgust, joy or, as in the case of PSYCH, excitement or enthusiasm.

When used in text-based conversations, PSYCH is commonly seen without an exclamation mark (i.e., it can be typed "PSYCH!" or "PSYCH").

Example of PSYCH Used in a Text

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