What does ‘antworten’ mean? The foreign word is commonplace on TikTok

TikTokers around the world are speaking German — sometimes without even realizing it. Here’s what you need to know about the latest slang term, “antworten.”

While slang and inside jokes are always evolving on TikTok, luckily, this one isn’t too hard to decipher. It’s a real word, just not English.

What does antworten mean on TikTok? 

The word translates from German to English as “reply” or “answer.” That’s exactly what it means on social media. 

Why did TikTok users start saying antworten? 

The phrase was popularized by — you guessed it — German users, but it has since been picked up by people all over the world. 

People typically use it in the captions of their videos to respond to a query or question with an answer, or antworten.

Some examples of antworten on TikTok:


@iamlizacole antworten 3 poses ideas for non photogenic people (girls edition) 💖 #foryoupage #fy #pose #viral

♬ Pose X Star Wars – “SomeIdiot” on YouTube!

“@iamlizacole antworten three poses ideas for non-photogenic people,” @iamkvrt wrote in response to another user’s question. 


@dicapriopage antworten Tutorial for the Bat Paperplane 😍🦇 #fernandoarmy #paperplane #fy #tutorial

♬ original sound – NCS

When someone asked @fernandosplanes how to make a “bat paper plane,” he provided a video tutorial as the antworten. 


@laura__5oo antworten Do you like the result? 😳 #foryou #fyp #tiktok #makeup #viral #trend #foryoupage

♬ SugarCrash! – ElyOtto

Meanwhile, influencer Noemi Nikita painted herself purple as the response to someone’s suggestion that she … should paint herself purple. 

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