The Brief: Online, the term "simp" refers to a boy or man who makes sacrifices based on unrequited love for a girl or woman. The term is commonly used both to criticize men who feel entitled to women's attention and sexuality and to mock men for respecting women.
Depending on the context, the slang term “simp” may describe men who put significant amounts of labor into relationships with women only to be mistreated, ignored, or friend zoned. “Simp” or “simping” are often used to imply that it’s bad to give women respect, love, or attention and that men who do so are suckers. Simp can be an acronym for “Someone/sucka Idolizing Mediocre P*ssy.”
The top definition on Urban Dictionary defines a Simp as:
•A man that puts himself in a subservient/submissive position under women in hopes of winning them over, without the female bringing anything to the table.
•A man that puts too much value on a female for no reason .
•A man that prides himself with “Chivalry” in hopes of getting sexual gratification form women .
•A square with no game other than “Rolling out the Red-Carpet” for every female.
Recently, the term has risen to popularity in more mainstream online communities, but the term has been used online and off for years. The term has long existed as in Black culture, appearing in several hip hop songs including “Dedicate” by Lil Wayne and “Cash S**t” by Megan Thee Stallion use the term to characterize men who are overeager in their relationships with women. In men’s rights and incel-dominated online spaces, simp is used similarly to cuck, often as a way to air grievances against women that are often rooted in toxic and even violent masculinity.
There’s another definition of simp that has a very NSFW connotation as is the content on the r/simp subreddit.
‘Mordechai Is A Simp’ Memes
In the Regular Show, there are several instances in which the character Mordechai makes great sacrifices for girls he’s interested in but who doesn’t like him back. This led to a discussion online about whether or not Mordechai is a simp and to what degree he is one. Many memes depict him as the ultimate simp who even killed his friend over unrequited love for a woman.
It's been a while since I made one a these.
The case of one Mordecai the Simp. pic.twitter.com/nRbf1m1nSh
— The Great Beanzaru (@Coblin_Toota) February 26, 2020
#SimpNation On TikTok
The hashtag #SimpNation has amassed over 66 million views on TikTok where boys joke about their overzealous behaviors around crushes and drag each other for being simps. The phrase “Simp Nation” is often used by self-described simps, some of whom appear to embrace the simp label and others who detest it.
@reallyviralAnother great word ruined by TikTok 🤕 #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #viral #simp #simping #simpnation #xyzbca♬ original sound – reallyviral
@polo.boyySimp got excited 😳 #fyp #simp #simpnation #foryou♬ original sound – trilljay23
Simp Memes & Examples
In these memes and social media posts, the meaning of the term varies depending on context and the layers of irony under which it is used. Some usages make fun of simps for treating women well in the first place while others criticize them for only treating women well because they expect something (usually sex) in return.
I was just in target and heard this 3 year old say to his dad, “daddy, I think people who use the word simp are doing so because they are rooted in misogyny. Women deserve to be treated with respect without people calling them simps.” Wow. Incredible.
— Tommy (@ThomasWinss) February 16, 2020
Brb re-evaluating my life after being called a simp thousands of times pic.twitter.com/ydHiMW830r
— Steady Flyer (follow me) (@SteadyFlyer) February 26, 2020
can we not use the words white knighting and simp to mean that any and all acts of decency towards women are only done w the goal of sex?
— there needs to be a better ghost emoji than this👻 (@cumgod420) February 26, 2020
im a SIMP
S – sad
I – insecure
M – miserable
P – piece of shit
— follow me only if you're sad (@dumbricardo) February 27, 2020
you’ve heard of the avengers…
now meet the Simp Squad™ pic.twitter.com/TcFs06DX8l
— yeet lover’s pizza (@chunkyfila) February 27, 2020
@shaun_silvermanReposting because it deserves more hype and because I’m the ceo of simpnation ##simpnation ##simp ##relationship ##gf ##foru ##foryou ##foryoupage ##fyp♬ Falling – Trevor Daniel
@antydeo2.0Simp nation is looking for recruits polo.boyy #4yp #fyp #4u #simp♬ sunburned plot twist – sunburnedasian