"Rizz" has been circulating online since 2021, but it may not make sense to lớn you unless you have a TikTok-fluent person in your life.

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“Does this ratty T-shirt diminish my rizz?”

“I’m going to lớn rizz up a cutie at the buổi tiệc nhỏ tonight.” 

“I’d love to lớn have a modicum of the rizz that Gandalf the Grey has.”

“Rizz” is a relatively young word — it’s been circulating online since 2021 — but one that’s cemented its place in the cultural lexicon. It can describe one’s self-assurance, wooing prowess or general coolness. It’s hard to lớn define but immediately noticeable in practice.

And unless you have a TikTok-fluent person in your life, it probably sounds lượt thích gibberish. Here’s what you need to lớn know about the slang word-turned-catchall descriptor for someone with undeniable swag.

“Rizz” is, basically, a truncated version of “charisma” that refers to lớn one’s unique swagger and overall success in endeavors both platonic and romantic. It can be used to lớn describe a stereotypical “ladies’ man,” lượt thích Ryan Gosling’s character in the rom-com “Crazy Stupid Love,” or the general swagger one brings to lớn everyday life, lượt thích Ryan Gosling on the press tour for “Barbie.” “Rizz” is that “je ne sais quoi” quality that describes someone self-possessed and assured of their own awesomeness who inspires others to lớn develop their own confidence.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 25: Ryan Gosling attends the press junket and photo Call for "Barbie" at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on June 25, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

And though “rizz” started out as a slang word used by men about their success in courting women, it’s since come to lớn be used as a genderless descriptor for anyone with noticeably cool, attractive qualities.

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Shockingly, “rizz” did not originate on TikTok, though it was popularized there. Dictionary.com which, yes, has an entry on “rizz,” credits the YouTuber and Twitch user Kai Cenat with coining the term. Cenat, along with his fellow streamers Silky and Duke Dennis, started using the term to lớn describe each other’s “game,” or their ability to lớn successfully woo women, even judging each other’s rizz in digital competitions.

Cenat explained rizz on the “No Jumper” podcast as a swagger ví undeniable that, once engaged, it can totally change one’s romantic prospects. He painted a picture: A man is talking to lớn a woman and not impressing her — until he puts the rizz on her. “You’re down bad tremendous,” he said, making use of the related slang term “down bad.” “Until … you spit game to lớn where you’re, lượt thích, rizzin’. You’re rizzin’ em up.”

To Cenat, “rizz” describes someone’s verbal swagger employed while flirting, and he’d even host live “Rizz Academy” classes on Twitch to lớn spread his rizz-dom with followers. But when “rizz” made its way to lớn TikTok, its definition expanded beyond flirting skills to lớn describe someone’s general magnetism.

Once Cenat’s videos on rizz, which have received millions of views on YouTube, reached users on TikTok, the app’s users took it and ran with it. “Rizz” use reached new heights on TikTok in 2022, with TikTokers determining the rizz of fictional characters and putting a new spin on the word with “unnspoken rizz,” when someone’s charisma is ví palpable that they don’t even have to lớn speak.

“Rizz” is something you can have and bởi, though it’s most commonly used as a noun, per Dictionary.com. One can “rizz” a romantic partner at a bar and then use their rizz to lớn hold that person’s attention beyond their initial meeting.

Rizz is usually in the eye of the beholder, but there are some universally acknowledged rizz professionals both real and imagined.

A common example is Donkey from “Shrek,” whose rizz is ví undeniable that he successfully wooed a massive dragon. The rizz is ví palpable within actor, rapper and director Riz Ahmed that it’s already in his name. Hobie Brown, or “Spider-Punk” from “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” has immense rizz, what with his heavy Cockney accent, inherent coolness and anarchist belief system. The tremendously talented, ever-fashionable Zendaya has rizz, and her partner Tom Holland apparently has enough rizz to lớn impress her, though it’s harder for laypeople to lớn notice.

As for developing one’s own rizz, it’s simpler kêu ca it seems in Cenat’s “Rizz Academy” clips. Based on the expanded definition, having rizz means owning it — embracing the assets and peculiarities that make you, you, and letting the world catch on.

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