urbandictionary says that "electric" is another way of saying "cool", "awesome", etc. But it also says that it can mean "Hitting it on really well with people, as if sparks are flying all about you". So questions:

  1. Is this word much used & recognized in the first sense (cool, etc.) amongst English native speakers?
  2. If I'm to say "You're electric" to a native speaker (especially a woman) without any specific context, will she likely interpret it in the first meaning or the second one (hitting it on well with people)?
  • No, I would take electric to mean the opposite of cool but it depends on what you mean by cool – relaxed, unemotional, hip, awseome etc. Sep 6, 2020 at 13:07
  • @WeatherVane, by cool here I mean that I really like this person, their look, acting, etc.
    – cspk
    Sep 6, 2020 at 13:26
  • So cool means hot? (like bad means good?) (or no means yes?) Sep 6, 2020 at 13:29
  • @WeatherVane, haha, kind of. I think you got the point. I'm really stuck on this person and trying to use some words to describe it. English is not my native language though, so I want to make sure there will be no ambiguity.
    – cspk
    Sep 6, 2020 at 13:34
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    @EdwinAshworth I get the feeling that urbandictionary.com collects so many localised idioms from so many, often tiny, groups that their entries are almost useless. If they gave locations and dates for their entries their site would be a really valuable resource for people studying the development and usage of street speech. As it is it's about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
    – BoldBen
    Sep 6, 2020 at 15:41

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Google defines:

Electric (adj): having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement.

Example: the atmosphere was electric.

Similar: tense charged electrifying exciting dramatic exhilarating intoxicating dynamic thrilling stimulating galvanizing invigorating animating energizing rousing stirring heady moving jolting shocking startling knife-edge explosive volatile


Most of the meanings are quite similar to one another and may have been used for decades.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sang in the 1970s:

'Cause the power you're supplying
It's electrifying (it's electrifying)'

Your proposed term 'You're electric' is hence well known and will likely be interpreted accordingly.

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