It can also be used along the lines of "You know what I'm saying?” to re-enforce the bond between speakers. With each use of 'like' requiring a nod from the listener to indicate they agree with the speakers assessment of events.
By opening any statement with 'like' the speaker can avoid responsibility for it being entirely true or not.
When overused (as it often is) it can be very annoying to listen to because it sounds like the person is not really saying anything of substance.
Rather than, "I was so angry."
"It was like, the best thing ever."
Rather than, "I thought it was the best thing ever."
"I'm like totally over him, and I like don't ever want to see him like, ever again. I mean like, what the hell? He's like a total sleaze"
Rather than, "I'm totally over him, and I don't want to see him ever again. I mean, what the hell? I think he's a total sleaze. Don't you agree?"
1. A term used by many junior high and high school students for having a crush.
2.(v.) same as "said" or "spoke"
3.In some teenage girls, a word spoken in between each word in a sentence.
2.". . .and so Strongbad was like, 'And the dragon comes in the NIIIIIIIIIGGGGHHT!'"
3. "Yeah, like, i think, like, N Sync is, like, sooooooo, like, cool and, like, dreamy."-some girl
1b. In the manner of.
3. Used with the verb "to be" in dialogue attribution (quotes).
4. Used to express:
(a) an unspoken thought or
(b) an emotional reaction, especially when
5. A filler word, interchangeable with "uh."
1b. She sat like patience on a monument, / Smiling at grief.
2. There were, like, forty people in the theater.
3. He was, like, "Where are you going?"
4a. I was, like, What's wrong with you?
4b. I was, like, NO DAMMIT!!!
4c. I was, like, crying -- well, I mean, I wasn't crying, but I was so upset.
5. A covalent bond is, like, when the atoms share electrons, right?
Like then I was like this and then I was like that and then I was like why are you looking at me like that and then she was like...
Like, OMG what are you doing?
Like, wtf language is that that they speak. Like, can you like answer like that like question?
2. A level of romantic interest that is not as high as love, yet not exclusive to sex.
3. An idiot teenager conversation spacer that is virtually meaningless.
2. John is in like with Dave, because they are both fruits.
3. "So, like, I was like, 'Why don't we like do something?' <insipid high pitched giggle>" - Teenaged Girl with IQ 75
2. Randomly: Like, oh my God, that is, like, so wrong.