TikTok: What Does ‘Chile’ Mean?

TikTok: What Does ‘Chile’ Mean?

TikTok is the latest app that people spend hours on a day. You can simply keep scrolling through videos that entertain you and the algorithm will continue to offer you videos that you might like. For example, you may have started watching a video where people are saying ‘chile’. Of course, once you watch one video, it is highly likely that you are going to see more of them on your homepage on TikTok. So, let’s find out what ‘chile’ means so that you can make sense of the videos that you are finding on the platform.

What Happens When I Google ‘Chile’?

First of all, you might have tried to already do your own research when it comes to chile. But, you are unlikely to have had much success. This is because Chile is actually a country in South America. This is what is going to pop up when you Google it. But, it is important to realize that the TikTok videos have nothing to do with the South American country. Instead, it has another meaning. To save you a lot of time and effort, we are going to help you understand the term. So, let’s cut to the chase.


This is the original whew chile video! #foryou #fyp #levelup #whewchile

♬ original sound – C A M

Did ‘Chile’ Start on TikTok?

We all know that there are old Vine videos that are making it onto TikTok. Since there are popular clips that millions of people enjoyed on this old platform, people have recreated them on this new platform. This is something that is going to naturally happen so that people can get likes and followers on TikTok.

But, ‘chile’ did not start on Vine or Musical.ly. Instead, it actually originated on TikTok back in April 2020. This is when the platform was really taking off and people were obsessed with watching videos for hours on end. The video centers around the phrase that a lot of people use; ‘whew chile’. In the video, a woman asks an African-American man if he is able to pronounce this phrase. At first, he is very confused and not sure what she is referring to. But, after a minute, he soon realizes what she meant to say. She actually meant to pronounce it like ‘woo chil’.

This video is very popular on TikTok. It has over 489,000 likes on the platform, as well as more than 2.1 million views. So, the chances are, one of your friends has already come across and watched this video without realizing.

Where did ‘Chile’ Originate From?

It is interesting to note that this video is big on TikTok. But, it did not invent the phrase. Instead, it has been used a lot over the years. In particular, people know that NeNe Leakes used to say ‘whew chile’ a lot. She is a famous television personality that is known for her role on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Over time, this became one of her well-known catchphrases.


Whew chileeeee #StrictlyCurls #DIYFashion #ThisIsBliss #gotmilkchallenge

♬ original sound – Julian Hagins

What Does ‘Chile Actually Mean?

Now, it is time to actually consider what ‘chile’ actually means. So, we have realized that it can actually be said like ‘whew chile’. If you look this phrase up, you will see that it means you have knowledge on a situation and this might be more than someone else. Indeed, it can be in situations when something is intense and perhaps shocking. For example, say you find out that one of the best friends has been lying about something and you find out what has happened. If this is an intense situation, you might use the phrase ‘whew chile’.

A lot of people use the ‘chile’ phrase now as a joke or as part of a meme. It can also be used in an ironic way. As long as the other person you are talking to knows what this phrase means, it is going to make sense in a lot of different contexts. Indeed, when you are hearing a lot of people saying this one TikTok or social media, it is normally said as part of a joke. Black people on the platform find it funny to use the original sound from the video to make fun of things that white people do.

To Summarize

There are a lot of trends that go around the internet. The best thing you can do is try to keep up with them. This can ensure that you can join in with jokes whether you are in high school, college or in the workplace. In particular, TikTok is very popular right now and this is where a lot of trends are originating.

In particular, you are going to hear people saying ‘chile’ on social media. This is not a word that you recognize straight away and it is easy not to know what it means. It is important to remember that it is not the country in South America. Instead, this is a word that started on TikTok and it has gone viral since then. In particular, it was used on a video in April 2020. An African American man is asked for the correct way to pronounce ‘whew chile’. He said It like ‘woo chil’. The video has over 2.1 million views and people are copying the trend and using the original sound.

So, what does ‘chile’ actually mean? Well, it is used in a situation that is shocking and intense. You use it almost like you are in amazement at the information you have just received. While it can be used in a serious context, most of the time, it is said as a joke. Therefore, you can watch out for it on social media as this is where you are most likely going to see people using it.

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Mackenzie’s obsession with all things tech began when she was a kid. She blames her father’s love of sci-fi for her own interest in and love of technology. Mackenzie attended Purdue University, where she studied computer engineering technology. She currently works at a small Silicon Valley tech company and enjoys writing about tech in her spare time. Mackenzie’s husband is a computer scientist, which makes their home an interesting place—it’s filled wall to wall with the latest and greatest tech and devices.