Etymology 1Edit

base +‎ -ed


based (comparative more based, superlative most based)

  1. Founded on; having a basis; often used in combining forms.
    That was a soundly based argument.
founded on; having a basis



  1. simple past tense and past participle of base
    1. Being derived from (usually followed by on or upon).
      It's a new film based on a best-selling novel.
    2. Having a base
      The ladder is based on the even sidewalk for stability.
    3. Having a base of operations.
      The company is based in New York.

Etymology 2Edit

A reference to freebase cocaine, via basehead. Coined by American musician Lil B to describe his lifestyle.


based (comparative more based, superlative most based)

  1. (slang, of a person) Not caring what others think about one's personality, style, or behavior; focused on maintaining individuality.
    • 2010 June 10, Lil B, Complex.com[1]:
      Based means being yourself. Not being scared of what people think about you. Not being afraid to do what you wanna do. Being positive. [] Based is positive.
    • 2012, Duncan Cooper, "Based Scripture: The Full Transcript of Lil B’s Lecture at NYU", The Fader, 12 April 2012:
      You have to work as a human with empathy and love in your heart, staying positive and staying based and staying normal.
  2. (Internet slang, originally 4chan) Praiseworthy and admirable, often through exhibiting independence and security.
    Antonyms: cringe, unbased
    OP is based as fuck
    Based and red pilled.