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flex (2)

other word formation type; verb
To shamelessly show off or display something rare or valuable that one has in an attempt to make others jealous or bolster one’s social status.
 
This is often done with reference to expensive material goods, but it is not strictly limited to physical items. One can, for example, flex on someone else with their superior grades. It is thought that the word flex was originally created from back formation from the word flexible. However, this new definition of flex seems to be created by metaphor from the original meaning of flex; just as people can flex their muscles to show off their body, people can flex their material or immaterial goods as a way to show off their social status.
Etymology : Flex is its own root and comes from Latin root flex- (the past participle stem of flectere), meaning “to bend.”
Source : Friend: “I see you wore your new Airpods today to flex on us.” Me: “Ehh, what can I say? You don’t have anything to flex, do you?” (In person. 9-25-2019)
Last modified: 6 December 2019


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