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The Internet Dictionary: What Does Cherry Chapstick Mean?

Cherry chapstick doesn't have the meaning you may think it means.

29 October, 2022

The mystery of cherry chapstick

Katy Perry remains one of the most famous celebrities in the world. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Katy Perry isn’t just a singer and songwriter. She’s a television personality, judge, actress and all-round media personality. Her claims to fame are many, but perhaps one of the most famous is her song named “I Kissed a Girl”.

Uploaded to YouTube 14 years ago, the song has 258 million views and counting. In the chorus of that song, Perry sings “I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick…”. But what exactly does cherry chapstick mean? 

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. “What does cherry chapstick mean” is a popular search term on the internet. Indeed, u/bridgettreganfan on Reddit asks: “Guys, I feel like an idiot, but what does cherries chapstick mean?”

We’re about to clear up this mystery here and now.

What does cherry chapstick mean?

At a surface level meaning, everybody knows what a “cherry chapstick” is. “Cherry” is a certain flavour, while “chapstick” is a small stick of lip balm used to prevent the chapping of one’s lips.

Put the two together, and boom — we have chapstick that tastes like cherry. It’s therefore logical to think that Perry’s sentence “I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick…” means the girl’s lips tasted like cherry.

Only, that’s not correct.

The actual meaning of “cherry chapstick” is a lot more sexual. According to some, “cherry chapstick” refers to a woman’s private parts — and a totally different set of lips. Or, as others describe it, a “lady’s coin purse.”

Why do people think cherry chapstick means a woman’s genitals? Well, in the video game Just Dance, the line “I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chapstick” was muted. Why would developers of the game censor such a sentence if it did not have sexual implications?

Urban Dictionary also appears to agree with this definition, although it describes what “cherry chapstick” means in more explicit terms. It states that it refers to a red or enlarged clitorous, one that is so due to sexual stimulation or cunnilingus.

Katy Perry herself appears to substantiate this claim. During her acceptance speech for an award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner, Perry stated “I’m just a singer-songwriter, honestly. I speak my truths, and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-size pop songs. For instance, I kissed a girl and I liked it. Truth be told, I did more than that.”

In an interview with Glamour, Perry also expressed her regrets about singing the song. Looking back, Perry said that “If I had to write that song again, I would probably make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years.”

Others criticised the song for being offensive to the LGBT community.

If you’re losing your mind to finding out this hidden meaning, you’re not the only one.

Is the phrase cherry chapstick formal or informal?

Because the way it is used in Katy Perry’s song “I kissed a girl”, and because of the way it has been adopted by popular culture, the phrase “cherry chapstick” is informal and should only be used with people whom you are comfortable with.

However, when used, most people won’t know what the real meaning of the phrase is; unless they do some internet digging.

How can cherry chapstick be used in a sentence?

For clarity, here are some examples of how cherry chapstick can be used in a sentence:

“I got with that girl last night. I don’t how it happened, but I ended up tasting her cherry chapstick”.

“Jim, can I ask…what does cherry chapstick taste like…?”

So there you go. That’s what cherry chapstick means.


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