Someone who has surpassed the levels of jerk and asshole, however not yet reached fucker or motherfucker.
I’ve lately been brought into discussions about douchey men because my beloved daughter is going off to college in a few months and I very much want to prepare her for what she’s liable to encounter.
[As an aside, about a year ago, and quite out of the blue, my daughter asked me why boys her age are so stupid. I told her that, if she’s really really lucky, males her age would reach her level of maturity about the time she hits her thirties. She asked if they wouldn’t be there in college and I responded that, no, males are at their stupidest and most immature during their college years.]
The first question I’m often asked when discussing the definition of douchiness is, “When describing someone, is it ‘douchiness’ or ‘douchebaggery’?” To my mind douchiness is the quality of being a douche. Douchbaggery is a word to describe the action or actions of a douche.
If not, let’s look at some concrete examples of douche characteristics – I often find this helpful.
Car they drive, or aspire to drive: BMW
Sport they play, or pretend to know about: Lacrosse (abbreviated ‘LAX’)
City they live in, or are from originally: Dallas, Texas
Accessory du jour: Warby Parker monocle
Wardrobe they’re habitually seen in, whether event-appropriate or not: shorts, polo shirt, no socks (an aging classic but still reliably indicative)
Favorite passtime: beer pong
Got the picture more clearly now, honey?
[And before I hear from every guy I know who plays/played lacrosse and doesn’t think himself a douche, or mom of a kid who plays lacrosse and isn’t (yet) a douche, let me stipulate that not all such people are douches. (Just a large majority.)]