Douchebag

Contents: Meaning | Origin | Spread

Meaning


What does Douchebag mean?

Douchebag is a popular expression in the anglosphere, especially in America.

The term has two meanings, with the original sense of the word referring to a container for liquids used for vaginal douches or enemas.

Despite this, “douchebag” is more commonly applied in its pejorative sense, labeling a person as unpleasant, rude or offensive.

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Origin


What's the origin of Douchebag?

The word douche originates from the French language and was used synonymously to shower since the late 18th century.

“Douchebag” first appeared in English as a composite word in 1893, referring to the container part of the lavatory utensil.

It started emerging in its currently well-known pejorative sense in the 1960’s.

Spread and Usage


How did Douchebag spread?

Over the 70’s and 80’s, the slang expression saw a significant rise, with “douchebag” appearing in films, books as well as lyrics for songs.

It started taking on globally with the spread of the internet in the 1990’s, and by the 2000’s, “douchebag” was recognized worldwide.

With Urban Dictionary entries and social media posts containing the expression, the popularity of the word didn’t seem to diminish in the 2010’s, still being widely used as of November 20th, 2021.

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Published: 12/10/2021 by | Last updated: 12/10/2021 | 482 views | Report error

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1 comment

Nick posted on 5-11-2022:

I read the definition, I can’t believe it – I’m a douchebag 😊



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