What Does STAN Mean?

STAN means "Obsessed Fan."

A STAN is a fan who is totally obsessed with a celebrity. The term comes from the song STAN, released in 2000, by American rapper and songwriter Eminem.

The song is about a fan called STAN, who obsessively writes and stalks his idol. Eventually, STAN becomes frustrated by the perceived lack of attention Eminem gives him and kills his own girlfriend.

Although the origins of STAN describe a very extreme case of a crazed fan, the term is now used in a much less dark and negative way. Over the years, it has come to describe anyone who takes their love of a particular artist or entertainment franchise to extremes.

There is much conjecture online that Eminem formed the name STAN from the words "stalker" and "fan." However, this has never been confirmed by the artist.

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Summary of Key Points

"Obsessed Fan" is the most common definition for STAN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Obsessed Fan
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of STAN in Sentences

Here are examples of STAN being used in conversations:
  • Swiftie: I STAN for Taylor Swift. I went to her last concert four times.
  • Friend: I hope you're not proud of yourself.
  • Swiftie: A true Swiftie would never be ashamed.
  • Tony: Shaun waited for 8 hours outside of a hotel just to glimpse Nicki Minaj.
  • Jordan: I had no idea he was such a STAN.

An Academic Look at STAN

If STAN is a combination of the words "stalker" and "fan," it would make the term a portmanteau word.

STAN may be used as a noun (i.e., a naming word). For example:
  • Are you an Elton John STAN?
However, it is just as popular as a verb, when it is formed with the preposition "for." (This is called a phrasal verb.) For example:
  • She STANS for Katy Perry.

Example of STAN Used in a Text


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