burner account

noun

plural burner accounts
: an often temporary social media account that is created for the purpose of remaining anonymous
Due to the anonymous nature of burner accounts, most of their content heads right to the digital abyss.Alex Reimer
One NBA fan going by the name of kevinfan7 tweeted right after the game that Kevin Durant could not have done anything in Game 4 against the Celtics, as it was effectively a 1-on-5 game at that point. Many fans looked at the post and the profile it was coming from and suggested that it was Kevin Durant using a new burner account to defend himself against criticism, something he has been caught doing in the past.Aaditya Krishnamurthy

Examples of burner account in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What's wrong with a good old-fashioned burner account? Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 28 Feb. 2024 Blackwood created other phony characters and texted Aron through online burner accounts from a fictional former boyfriend as well as a fake Vanity Fair journalist. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 12 Oct. 2023 This isn’t the first time the league has investigated a burner account. oregonlive, 27 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2011, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of burner account was in 2011

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“Burner account.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burner%20account. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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