What Does TEA Mean in a Text?

TEA means "Gossip." The use of the word TEA to mean "Gossip" probably originated in the southern United States, where it was the custom for ladies to gather in the afternoon to drink tea and exchange rumors and stories.

In the context of "Gossip," TEA is most typically seen in the phrases "Spill the TEA" (to pass on gossip or rumors) and "Sip the TEA" (to listen to gossip or rumors).

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When I write TEA, I mean this:

meaning of TEA

Sipping the TEA is almost as much fun as spilling it.

Summary of Key Points

"gossip" is the most common definition for TEA 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 TEA in Sentences

Here are examples of TEA being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Hey girl! What's the TEA?
  • Jordan: Didn't you hear about Tiffany?
  • Tony: Did you hear about what went down at the party last night?
  • Jordan: Not yet! Let's get comfy so you can spill the TEA!

An Academic Look at TEA

TEA is typically used as a noun (i.e., a naming word). For example:
  • Did you hear the TEA about Georgia?
  • (Here, TEA is being used as a noun.)

Example of TEA Used in a Text

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