what it is!

Definition

Slang

  • exclamation an all-purpose exclamation of greeting, approval or solidarity, which originated in black American speech at the end of the 1980s, and by the late 1990s was being heard in British school playgrounds. ‘What it like?’ was a similar ritual greeting used by members of rival black street gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, in Los Angeles.
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