What Is Rizz- Breaking Down Oxford's Word of the Year—Partly Made Popular By Tom Holland

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Tom Holland may claim to not have it, but he did help put "rizz" on the map.

After all, it was just named Oxford University Press word of the year. So, what exactly is rizz? Well, the publishing house described it as a "colloquial noun, defined as ‘style, charm, or attractiveness; the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner.'" More commonly, it's seen as deriving from the "charisma."

As for what this has to do with Tom, he thrust the Gen Z slang into the spotlight after going viral on TikTok while using it.

"I have no rizz whatsoever," he claimed when asked about his charm in a June interview with BuzzFeed. "I have limited rizz." 

But the Uncharted actor was more than happy to be rizz-less.

"I need you to fall in love with me, really, for it to work. So, long game, probably making a movie with each other," he joked, referring to his off-screen romance with Zendaya. "It definitely helps when the characters you're playing are falling in love with one another. "You can sort of blur the lines a little bit. "That's kind of where my rizz is at."

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As he put it. "I'm locked up, so I'm happy and in love. So I've got no need for rizz."

Tom first met the Euphoria star on the set of 2016's Spider-Man: Homecoming

And while their romance became public in 2021, the couple has spoken about why they prefer to keep it out of the spotlight.

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"Our relationship is something that we are incredibly protective of and we want to keep as sacred as possible," The Crowded Room actor told The Hollywood Reporter in Juneคำพูดจาก ปั่นสล็อตแตกทุกเกม. "We don't think that we owe it to anyone, it's our thing, and it has nothing to do with our careers."

Still, that hasn't stopped him from giving insight into their bond. 

"I'm lucky that I have someone like Zendaya in my life," Tom explained in a July episode of the Smartless podcast. "It's interesting being in a romantic relationship with someone that is in the same boat as you."

The Cherry star added, "You can share your experiences and all that sort of stuff—and that's worth its weight in gold."

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