What Does MANDEM Mean?

MANDEM means "Gang" or "Group Of Male Friends."

MANDEM is a slang word that is thought to have originated in Caribbean Pidgin English and is now widely used to refer to a "Gang" or "Group Of Male Friends." In the UK, the word MANDEM has been incorporated into the name of a number of street gangs, such as the Tottenham MANDEM, based in North London (which was implicated in the murder of a Police Officer in 1985).

The word MANDEM features prominently in the title and lyrics of African and African-inspired songs, including the 2019 song from "Afrofusion" singer Burna Boy:

Burna Boy - Mandem Anthem [Official Video]

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When I write MANDEM, I mean this: meaning of MANDEM A MANDEM can be a group or gang of men or boys.

Summary of Key Points

"Gang" or "Group Of Male Friends" is the most common definition for MANDEM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Gang or Group Of Male Friends
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of MANDEM in Sentences

Here are examples of MANDEM being used in conversations:
  • Son: Who's coming round tonight?
  • Father: My MANDEM.
  • Son: You are so uncool!
  • Mother: Where's John?
  • Father: He's hanging with the MANDEM.
  • Mother: And where's that, in English?

An Academic Look at MANDEM

MANDEM is a slang word which (like "Gang") is used as a collective noun for a "Group Of Male Friends." Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

A collective noun is a noun (naming word) for a group of people or things (e.g., family, crew, colleagues).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of MANDEM to refer to a "Gang" or "Group Of Male Friends" predates the digital era.

Example of MANDEM Used in a Text


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