What Does TEA Mean in a Text?

homesearch tTEA

The Quick Answer

TEA means "Gossip."

More Observations...

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).

Image for TEA

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, by far, the most common meaning for TEA when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
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 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

author logo

This page is maintained by the Cyber Definitions Editorial Team.

You might also like...

Help Us Improve Cyber Definitions

  • Do you disagree with something on this page?
  • Did you spot a typo?
  • Do you know a slang term that we've missed?
Please tell us using this form.

Share This Page

share icon

If you like Cyber Definitions (or this page in particular), please link to it or share it with others. If you do, please tell us. It helps us a lot!

Create a QR Code

create QR code

Use our handy widget to create a QR code for this page...or any page.