What Does Tilt Mean?

Tilt means "Lose Emotional Control."

The word tilt (as in "to cause to lean, incline, slope, or slant") is used as a slang word to refer to someone who loses emotional control and acts irrationally. Tilt is particularly popular in gaming circles, for example:
  • When they refused to accept my credit card, I just went tilt! Anyway, can you please pay my bail?
  • Sam always tilts when you take her bases. It's so funny to watch!
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When I write Tilt, I mean this:

meaning of Tilt

"Lose Emotional Control"

Summary of Key Points

"Lose Emotional Control" is the most common definition for tilt on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Lose Emotional Control
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at Tilt

When used to mean "lose emotional control," tilt 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.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of tilt to mean "lose emotional control" pre-dates the digital era.

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