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"Urban Dictionary is the slang dictionary you wrote. Define your world"
— Urban Dictionary

Created in 1999 by a college student named Aaron Peckham, the Urban Dictionary combines "anyone can add information" with a dictionary. It has currently recorded over four million words and phrases, mostly slang or slang usage. New words, definitions, and examples are submitted and then approved by the votes of both users and visitors. After that, the new additions are displayed for the world to see, forever.

Many of the terms defined are derogatory or describe (likely fictional) sexual acts, so The Urban Dictionary is not exactly something a child should browse through unsupervised. It also gives personal opinions by contributors on certain subjects (bands, movies, books...), with contributors rarely considering the opinions of others. It can be useful for finding out how an unknown term is used, but don't trust it blindly; a significant fraction of the definitions are made up by the person contributing them. It's usually a good idea to read multiple definitions and decide for yourself which ones sound plausible.

Urban Dictionary offers a Word of the Day on its mainpage. For a long time, they allowed users to rate from the mainpage, resulting in large numbers of negative votes. This option was eventually disabled, largely preventing this.

Urban Dictionary can be found here. If you want a user-contributed dictionary with legitimate words and definitions, you may want to consider Wikipedia's sister project Wiktionary.


  • Pet the Dog: With a combination of Everyone Has Standards, their definitions for the word "suicide" are surprisingly sensitive and anyone who tries to make an incendiary definition gets immediately downvoted.
  • Popularity Power: When there's more than one definition of a given word published, they're sorted according to the ratio of up to down votes, with the top def being the one with the largest positive ratio of up votes to down votes (for example: [x word]: (top) def 1 (3up:1down), def 2 (2up:1down), def 3 (0up, 3 down)).
  • Punny Name: Looking up "jack shit" will give you a Hurricane of Puns "genealogy" of Jack Schitt and his extended family, starting with his mother and father (Awe Schitt and O. Schitt).
  • Schmuck Bait: The "look up any word, like X" above the search bar sometimes recommends searching for "sex". If you do, the top entry insults you.
  • Self-Deprecation: Most of the definitions the site gives for "urbandictionary" mock the site itself and/or its contributors.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: For a while on and in the days following Inauguration Day in January 2017, the daily definitions mostly consisted of Trump-related Take That! entries (plus "alternative facts", which is a meme/Take That! to political truth distortion in general).
  • Stock "Yuck!": One definition for "girls who eat carrots" states that all girls hate carrots.
    "They are not actual humans, they are fucking rabbits, don't trust a girl who says that they eat carrots, because girls hate carrots."
  • Take That, Audience!:
    • The first definition for "stupid"
    • The first definition for "procrastinate".
      "What you are doing right now. Get the fuck going and finish your homework."