Down Bad slang.

Down Bad

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Down Bad is a slang term used as a euphemism for horny, specifically in a desperate or depressed manner. The phrase originates from African-American Vernacular, making an appearance in various rap songs in 2012, and entering mainstream terminology after the year 2015 when it became the subject of various memes about hornyposting or being thirsty. The word "bad" is sometimes replaced with an exaggerated adjective, such as "down atrocious" or "down abominable." The slang term is also associated with the Down Bad Man meme.


The term "down bad" made an appearance in various tweets with minimal engagement dating back to 2009, though its use on Twitter at the time wasn't specifically about horniness.[1][2][3]

The slang expression then became prominent in hip-hop culture as it was referenced in various songs between the early 2010s. For example, on January 21st, 2012, rapper Young Scooter released his song "Down Bad," gathering over 2.1 million views on the YouTube[4] music video in over 10 years (seen below, left). On January 27th, 2012, rapper Lil B uploaded his song "In Down Bad" to YouTube,[5] gathering over 180,000 views in over 10 years (seen below, right).

The earliest known viral social media post to use the phrase "down bad" to mean "desperately horny" in its current usage was a May 8th, 2017, tweet[6] by rapper Kash Doll, gathering over 12,000 likes in six years (seen below).


On October 22nd, 2019, Dreamville's official YouTube[7] channel released the music video for the song "Down Bad" featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EarthGang, and Young Nudy. The video has gathered over 15 million views in three years (seen below).

On August 22nd, 2019, Twitter[8] user @JoshyBeSloshy posted a tweet that read, "Ill never switch up on you Mcchicken. 💯 I remember when i was down bad and all i had was 1.07 in my pocket & you were always there🤞🏼❤️ FUCK POPEYES‼️," gathering over 100,000 likes in three years (seen below, left). On December 27th, 2019, Twitter[9] user @Miista45 posted a tweet that read, "Amazon down bad," gathering over 40,000 likes in three years (seen below, right).

Champagne Sloshy @JoshyBeSloshy Ill never switch up on you Mcchicken. 100 I remember when i was down bad and all i had was 1.07 in my pocket & you were always there !! F--- POPEYES 11:37 AM. Aug 22, 2019 : 28.7K Retweets 3,672 Quote Tweets 108.8K Likes @Miista45 Amazon down bad Fit Type: Men THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO GENDERS ● O 5:21 PM Dec 27, 2019 > ECLIPS.COM 12.7K Retweets 1,004 Quote Tweets 42.2K Likes :

On October 27th, 2020, the phrase "down bad" was added to Urban Dictionary,[10] gathering over 10,000 likes in three years (seen below, left). On November 23rd, 2020, Instagram[11] page @leftistperspective posted a meme using the phrase "down bad" and gathering over 2,000 likes in three years (seen below, right).

Down Bad When someone is depressingly horny *sees picture of any girl* Someone whose down bad: "GRRRRRRR WOOF WOOF BARK BARK ARF ARF BARK WOOF WOOF GRRRRR SNARL SNARL HSSSSSSS GRRRRRRR WOOF BARK ARF BARK SNARL WOOF WOOF BARK ARF GRRRRRRR WOOF WOOF BARK BARK ARF ARF BARK WOOF WOOF GRRRRR SNARL SNARL HSSSSSSS GRRRRRRR WOOF BARK ARF BARK SNARL" by oscarsowavy October 27, 2020 10965 y f 911 FLAG Bro I did NOT know they were gonna make iphones these s---- are fire, f--- all that communism s--- lol I'm talkin to like 10 different hoes rn Imao yall gotta get your money up and stop complaining cuz tbh you try and start a revolution and I myself will blast you for being a dumbass tf you gonna start a revolution with? Slingshots? You're f----- busted bro you are down bad -Karl Marx

In 2021, the word "bad" began being substituted for stronger and more exaggerated adjectives for humorous effect. On October 23rd, 2021, Twitter[12] user @MemesMeccha posted a tweet with the caption, "Down terrible," gathering over 60,000 likes in two years (seen below, left). On August 15th, 2022, Twitter[13] user @woIftrapva posted a meme alongside the caption, "down horrendous," gathering over 10,000 likes in six months (seen below, right).

Seb (Follow me thanks) @MemesMeccha Down terrible PO Hey my dad just passed away from Covid last night. I'm really freaking out right now and I can't stop crying. I know this might sound crazy but could you send me a pic of your bobs? I swear i won't show anybody I just need something to distract me from the pain We bury him on Tuesday 11:01 AM You accepted the request 3:18 PM Oct 23, 2021 4,353 Retweets 549 Quote Tweets 67.5K Likes : 3 mack loves kiti @wolftrapva down HORRENDOUS I messaged you first!! 6:56 PM. Aug 15, 2022 like talking to you Also I'm so booooored I have this geography project to do 529 Retweets 192 Quote Tweets 10.1K Likes :

Down Bad Man

Down Bad Man is a character created by TikToker MikeCakez in which the defining character trait is that he is always Down Bad, or looking at things that are just slightly sexual and being overly sexually charged by them, in reference to the slang term of the same name. The character is then interrupted by someone saying "Sir, Sir!" that causes Down Bad Man to ask for whatever the item or object being shown is.

Various Examples

Heavenly @CrownLead3r Down horrendous @HeavenlyControl Just watched a video of Belle Delphine's face getting nutted on... 9:34 PM Dec 14, 2020 192 Retweets 37 Quote Tweets 5,381 Likes yuo @ZoroTards. 4m Replying to @HeavenlyControl WHERE CAN I WATCH BRO? 27 yuo @ZoroTards. 4m Replying to @HeavenlyControl BRO I NEED THE LINK SO BADDLYYTY yuo @ZoroTards. 5m Replying to @HeavenlyControl LINK????? 22 yuo @ZoroTards. 4m Replying to @HeavenlyControl Dm the link bro please : VIKE JIKE NIK E "SIMP!!!!! Supreme CHEEMSITZ CHEEBAZEEBA "NO CAP I CAUGHT YOU DOWN BAD IN 4K!!! THIS YOU? RATIO0000" What's the most down bad you've ever been? I'll go first, my crush wanted to see her boyfriend but neither of them had a free house, so I said she could do it at my house, I waited downstairs, whilst they used my bed, that's the first and last time anyone's gotten action on that bed + 89.6K 1816 So down bad I almost @inlovewithmythera sucked my dentist's finger i am so down bad that i put a mask on my passenger seat last night before picking up a girl and she got in my car and sat on the mask for like 2 hours and i've been wearing the mask all day just like taking deep breaths through it and enjoying the aroma muid with mematic SAVED this how i'm sniffing the mask like down bad rn

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External References

[1] Twitter – Mmm_SoWhat

[2] Twitter – PattersonCHG187

[3] Twitter – ThatDevastator

[4]  YouTube – Young Scooter

[5] YouTube – lilbpack1

[6] Twitter – kashdoll

[7] YouTube – Dreamville

[8] Twitter – JoshyBeSloshy

[9] Twitter – Miista45

[10] Urban Dictionary – Down Bad

[11] Instagram – leftistperspective

[12] Twitter – MemesMeccha

[13] Twitter – woIftrapva

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