What Does “Squee” Mean?

by tricia on December 18, 2007

I was in a forum the other day and someone used the word “Squee” in one of their posts. Within about 10 minutes, numerous people had responded asking what the heck it meant. While I had a general notion that it was an expression of excitement, I could not give a real definition.

So I headed to my trusty Google <gag> and found lots of articles about a comic by Jhonen Vasquez that is about a boy named Todd, who is nicknamed Squee. A dead end in my case.

I then came across some other sources that hit the nail on the head. Apparently it initially started to sort of mimic the sounds of young girl fans. If you are of my generation, imagine the sound you heard at a New Kids on the Block concert. It is used most often as an expression of excitement or happy surprise. Think “high pitched”.

A few sources tried to say that the word was a combination of other words like “squeal” and “glee” or “squeal” and “pee”. I can see the former but not the latter (although I did asqueal and about pee my pants in excitement when I saw Billy Joel one time).  

I tried to use ”squee” a few times today, but it just doesn’t come across as well when you are speaking as it does online. Here were my attempts:

Attempt 1: “Squee!! The mail is here! I got a Christmas card and no bills.” (Probably my best effort)
Attempt 2: “Squee!! The men who delivered my exercise equipment didn’t ruin the floor like I thought they would.” (Not quite as good)
Attempt 3: “Squee!! I have a can of fruit in the pantry that would be perfect with our chicken sandwiches.” (Yeah, lame)

As you can see, either I am too old to pull off the Squee or I just don’t live a very excited life. But if you find yourself in a blog or forum and are truly excited about something, give the Squee a shot. If you do, be sure to link back to me so that I can take a look.

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Liz February 4, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Honestly, I’ve seen “squee” twice now, and the first time, I just thought the chick forgot the ‘l’. You have shed some light on this crazy msn chat for me, so thank you!

I have to tell you, when you mentioned the New Kids on the Block concert, roflmao (I thought you’d like that joke;) I laughed out loud – HARD! Yes, we are obviously from the same embarassing generation, and have nothing to show for it, except for a lot of embarassing photos. Not like my parent’s generation. They at least had the Beatles.

Thanks for the great blog! I will be sure to pass on your words of wisdom! SQUEE!

Liz

Mai November 19, 2009 at 9:48 am

I’m a 31 year old mama who got sucked into a twilight obsession. That sucked me into the new to me) world of fan fiction. When a fanficker puts a new chapter up on the website, fans of that fan then post “squee” to show how excited they are. The first person who I read squee is a mom older than me. But today, I squee too, because I’m going to see New Moon. To show how old I am, though, just before reading this, I called a friend and sang part of “Tonight” um, by the New Kids (!!!) to show my excitement about New Moon. There’s nothing like mixing generational expressions of glee over cheesy romantic stuff! SQUEE!!!

Gail White February 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

I learned about “squee” at Cute Overload… It’s the sound your brain makes when imploding at the site of unbearable cuteness, such as fuzzy small animals.

Amy O. April 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Saw this word today for the first time under comments about the Dog vs. Cat contest on http://www.jezebel.com. Thanks to you, I now know what the heck it meant!

Tabby June 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I use “Squee” just about all the time. (:

Vegiegail November 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I love this post! Squee!!!

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