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What Are Twinks, And What Is 'Twink Death'? The LGBT Slang Term Turned Viral Phenomenon, Explained

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Published Apr 03, 2024 at 07:14AM EDT by Marwan.

"Twink" is an interesting slang term used to describe someone who has a somewhat homosexual look and/or demeanor. In LGBT communities online, Twink has been used extensively to describe a large number of celebrities including Timothée Chalamet and Leonardo DiCaprio, who are both known to be suffering from the so-called "Twink Death."

While it can be used as a derogatory term, "twink" has primarily lost most of its offensiveness due to how popular the term has become. But what is a twink? and what is Twink Death? Here's everything you need to know.


What Is A Twink?

The oldest definition of a Twink can be found on Urban Dictionary, posted by user DocLightning on June 13, 2004, and defines the term as "An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man." (shown below). By that definition, many people in the LGBT community use it to refer to younger males between the ages of 18-22, with little to no body or facial hair. The user also theorizes that the word has two origins, one from an acronym, T.W.I.N.K, and another from the famous American Twinkie snack.

twink ▾ f An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man. The stereotypical twink is 18-22, slender with little or no body hair, often blonde, dresses in club wear even at 10:00 AM, and is not particularly intelligent. A twink is the gay answer to the blonde bimbo cheerleader. There are two major theories about the origin of this word, both of which probably have elements of truth to them. a) Twink comes from an acronym T.W.I.N.K. "Teenage, White, Into No Kink." b) Twink is a shortening of the name for the famous "TWINKIE" snack cake: a tasty, cream-filled snack with no nutritional value. The phallic shape of the "TWINKIE" snack cake should not escape the reader's attention. I don't like going to that club because it's nothing but a bunch of twinks. by DocLightning June 13, 2004 13041 3039 FLAG


What Is Twink Death?

'Twink Death' is another slang term that started to appear to refer to the point of no return for twinks, where their age or increase in masculinity stops them from being referred to as twinks. It originated in conversations on 4chan's /lgbt/ board since the mid-2010s, but the term became mainstream as it started to spread on Twitter in December 2022.

Twink Death became a much more popular term in late 2022, as it became more widespread, especially on Twitter and Reddit. On November 29th, 2022, @wholesomeduos on Twitter posted artwork of a Catboy, captioned "twinkdeath." The post (below) gained over 13,000 likes on Twitter in just one month, which helped make the term even more mainstream.

Nurse Joy @wholesomeduos Twinkdeath 11:57 AM Nov 29, 2022


The first set of memes to come out of the term "Twink Death" included a series of images of celebrities showing their twink-looking younger selves, and their older current selves, with a caption that read "twink death is a terrifying thing." The first and most popular example was posted on Twitter by @thenorthmens on February 6th, 2023, and gained over 110,000 likes in 3 days (shown below).

levi Leonardo @thenorthmens twink death is a terrifying thing 12 6:30 PM. Feb 6, 2023 73.1M Views • 7,411 Retweets 14.1K Quote Tweets 116.7K Likes : ...


Soon, more examples started to spread online, with different celebrities, including Alex Jones (shown below, left) and even Joe Biden (shown below, right).

Pericles 'Perry' Abbasi @Election Legal twink death is a terrifying thing levi @thenorthmens. Feb 6 twink death is a terrifying thing Show this thread 1:54 AM. Feb 8, 2023 2.8M Views JAMESON : anna livia @not_a_heather twink death is a terrifying thing 12:40 PM. Feb 8, 2023 196.6K Views 520 Retweets 56 Quote Tweets 8,337 Likes ...


For the full history of Twink Death, be sure to check out Know Your Meme's encyclopedia entry for more information.




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