Merriam-Webster defines "sheesh" as "a term used to indicate displeasure, irritation, or astonishment." Though the phrase is in the dictionary, it apparently gained popularity on TikTok after user @meetjulio recorded the audio in a high-pitched voice and posted it alongside a video of a massive frog. The video had over 1.4 million views at the time of this writing.
@meetjulio wrote, "Sheesh me too! This giant frog just startled me out of my seat!"
In case you were wondering who she is referring to when she uses the word "sheesh," it's Taylor Swift. The song "Shake It Off" was released in 2014 and has been certified platinum three times by the RIAA.
@meetjulio also mentions Ed Sheeran in his video. The English singer-songwriter released his self-titled debut album in 2011; it has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Finally, @meetjulio mentions Justin Bieber in his video. The Canadian singer-songwriter made his debut in 2009 with a self-released album that sold about 500,000 copies. He has since become one of the most popular musicians in the world with over 100 million albums sold worldwide.
Bieber has been through some scandals during his career, but none as big as what happened in February 2016.
The audio for "sheesh" came from a TikTok user who shot a video of a frog while yelling "sheesh" in the background. TikTok user @meetjulio, along with the frog in the original video, claims credit for the "sheesh" fad.
In the video, Julio holds up a frog and yells "sheesh" several times. The frog makes noise similar to what humans would sound like if they yelled "sheesh" repeatedly.
In response to this video, another user created a song called "I Started Saying 'Sheesh!'" The song's lyrics reference both TikTok users: "Julio made a video with a frog / And it went viral. / Sheesh!"
People have been saying "sheesh" since at least 2009. "Sheesh" was used as a reaction video on TikTok before there was a term for such videos. It is now commonly used to reply to or comment on other videos posted on the site.
In addition to being used as a reaction video, "sheesh" also can be used as an expression of surprise. This use of sheesh originated on Twitter but has spread to other social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube.
Finally, "sheesh" can be used as an exclamation.
The sound was generated by a TikTok user named @meetjulio and published alongside a video of a massive frog. His music has now totally taken over TikTok, and the term "sheesh" has become the most popular slang expression. It means "wow" or "really?"
In August 2019, Sheesh became the most-viewed song on TikTok with over 1 billion views. It's been praised for its catchy melody and beat and has been covered by many singers.
Here are some of our favorites:
Eminem - https://youtu.be/Xf8qcwFkS5Q?t=4m40s
Ariana Grande - https://youtu.be/YdZXx9vZlKg?t=3m31s
Khalid - https://youtu.be/0bPqrLCPMko?t=3m30s
That would be RuPaul's Drag Race, of course. According to common belief, season six participant Laganja Estranja popularized the term, however as Estranja herself noted, her version, while an exaggerated rendition of the word "okay," was different. After all, Estranja said it with a twist at the end. So technically, RuPaul started the trend.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go write some more okay words on my bathroom mirror.