What does ‘caught in 4K’ mean on TikTok? Cardi B doesn’t even know

If you don’t know what “4K” means on TikTok, it’s OK. Cardi B doesn’t know either. 

The Grammy-winning rapper credits social media with a lot of her success, but she mostly keeps it cute with her 83.9 million followers on Instagram. Cardi isn’t as present on TikTok and like so many others, doesn’t always catch onto the lingo. 

Cardi asked what “4K” means and largely received the incorrect answer. 

“Please don’t make fun of me guys or I will have a very depressing lonely night but what does 4K means?” she asked on Twitter

Some people responded, mistaking “4K” for its more technical term. 

“4K resolution refers to a horizontal display resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels. Digital television and digital cinematography commonly use several different 4K resolutions. In television and consumer media, 3840 by 2160 is the dominant 4K standard,” someone replied

While there are 4K televisions and you can now even watch Sex and The City in 4K now, basically meaning higher definition and better image quality, that’s not the “4K” Cardi was asking about. 

What does “4K” mean on TikTok? 

On TikTok, the term isn’t so technical although its slang use is a reference to the original meaning.

The phrase began as “caught in 4K,” meaning caught red-handed or caught in high-definition — as in the facts are crystal clear. 

Some TikTokers might say “4K” as shorthand for the full terminology. 

Here are some examples of “caught in 4K” on TikTok. 

The hashtag #caughtin4k currently has over 45.3 million views. 


#caughtin4k I just wanted to tan ..

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For example, there was the time the user @razzberryr caught someone in 4K at a swimming pool. 

Another user @irenetheichigo dueted a video where someone changed the last word in Drake’s song titles to “booty” and she had a hilarious response. 

Meanwhile, @neptunegoon warned TikTok that they could catch a shape-shifting anime character in 4K if they were disguised as an object. 

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