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To tell someone about themself, mostly used by gay black men.
"That was a read honey!"
"Don't do it honet, I will read your ass"
by Darren December 03, 2004
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n. a taunt or mockery. A phrase or word used to mock someone in a humorous way.
When she said that you should have taken the receipt with your haircut, that was a read.
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Ooh, that was a read!
by robert dean April 12, 2005
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something that people don't do enough of these days
By the age of 3 I could read
(no kidding)
by Holmesgurl October 01, 2003
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read (v.) to translate written text into meaningful ideas within one's own mind. People usually read to gain knowledge or to awaken their imagination. Sadly, the act of reading seems to have been "bred out" of the human race. People these days would much rather desensetize themselves with stupid rap noise and violent, pornographic, and otherwise unintelligent forms of media. If you are in junior high and find it hard to read, do yourself a favor and get help. No offense! Reading is a great and powerful thing, and only by fully taking advantage of it can one open his or her mind to the possibilities of his or her own future.
Ranting is fun. Go read a book. No, your porno magazing doesn't count.
by BLARG man December 13, 2004
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In competitive Smash Bros and possibly other fighting games, a read is a term used to describe when a player predicts their opponents actions and takes advantage of them - usually leading to a KO
*Player 2 - *rolls around the stage*
Player 1: *forward smashes player 2 in the opposite direction and KO's Player 2

"That read made every English teacher in America happy."
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In gay slang, means to publicly "call out" or insult someone on their actual flaws (flaws that would normally be taboo to bring up in polite conversation). Equivalent to the term "roast/roasting someone".

Originated in gay black culture, made popular and used by drag queens and gay male bar/club culture. The term "reading" stems from the idea that these called-out flaws are so apparent, they can be perceived/"read" off the person in question as easily as reading a piece of text off a book.

A perfect example of the internal division and active-attempts-break-one-another-down that exists within the already disenfranchised gay male/LBGT community.
#1: "Read" as noun
Person 1: You know going out and drinking every night is so horrible for your body...
Person 2: This is coming from someone who smokes cigarettes daily and eats microwaveable ramen noodles?
Bystander: Ooh, that was a read!

#2: "Read"/"Reading" as a verb
Person 1: Ugh, I can't believe how much weight I've gained lately!
Person 2: Maybe you should stop eating boxed macaroni n' cheese for every meal and get some exercise.
Person 1: Damn! Why you always got to read me?
Person 2: Sorry reading you is just too easy.
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