What does Tool mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

Tool Meaning

Tool refers to a foolish person.

Tool is an internet slang term that refers to an insecure person, usually male, who is controlled by others.

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How is Tool used? Use Cases & Examples

An insult usually applied to males, the slang expression tool refers to an insecure guy who has to buy friends and tries too hard to act cool. The tool is often the willing victim of manipulation by others and rarely realizes that he is the object of scorn.

Examples of how your teen might use the slang term tool:

-We all want to go to the lake, but nobody wants to drive.
-So invite Alex. He’ll offer to drive if no one steps up. He’ll just be happy for the invite.
-What a tool!

-Is Henry doing Jess’s homework again after she left him at the movies last weekend?
-He’s such a pathetic tool.

-Where’d you get that hat?
-Dave got one for all of us. I thinks he wants to sit with us at lunch.

-Can you believe Justin bought them all pizza after nobody came to his birthday party?
-Nothing like buying your friends.
-No doubt. He’s a tool.

How to Identify if your child is using the Tool slang word

You might learn your child is using this slang term by chance when a text pops up on the phone screen. But while the slang term tool is harmless, other teenage slang terms could indicate that your teen is talking about risky behaviors or communicating with potentially dangerous people.

Having a parental control app on your child’s phone will give you peace of mind by alerting you to your child’s exposure to risks encountered on their phone. With a parental control app installed on your child’s phone, you have the control to set alerts to help your teen avoid the pitfalls of predators, drug dealers, and other negative influences. Having the ability to vary the level of monitoring gives you the power to choose what is right for your child, and these levels can be adjusted easily at any time.

How to talk with your child about use of the Tool slang word

The slang insult tool is acquired by those who are insecure and socially inept. Bringing up kids who have self-confidence and who are not slaves to the opinions of others will keep your teen from falling under the classification of tool. If you suspect your teen’s peers might view him as a tool, you might want to help him develop his own authentic interests and boost his self-confidence.

Here are some ideas for talking with your kid about self-confidence:

  • I know you want to be friends with Aaron and his group. Why do you think you’d enjoy hanging out with them?
  • Let’s sign up for martial arts classes as a family. Maybe later on some of your friends might want to participate too.
  • What’s an activity or sport you enjoy that you could start participating in after school or on weekends?
  • If someone invites you to a social event at the last minute even though they’ve been planning it for ages, I think you should show yourself respect and refuse the invitation. Let me know and we’ll plan something you really enjoy doing at that time.

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