The Brief: BDE stands for "big dick energy."


BDE refers to an air of confidence that someone exudes. It is not directly about the size of one’s penis, but is a metaphor used to signify that someone has the self-assurance of a well-endowed man. BDE is the opposite of cockiness or toxic masculinity.

The term was coined online in 2018 by Twitter user @imbobswaget in reference to Anthony Bourdain:

Pete Davidson has been labeled as a quintessential possessor of BDE.

Men and women can have BDE. According to the internet, Rihanna, Diplo, Idris Elba, and Cate Blanchett all have BDE.