What Does 143 Mean?

143 means "I Love You". The numbers represent the number of letters in each word. Other versions of this include:

381 = I love you (3 words, 8 letters, 1 meaning)
721 = Love you (7 letters, 2 words, 1 meaning)
831 = I love you (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)

143 is a form of shorthand typically used in texts or instant messaging. It also allows the speaker to say "I love you" without suffering the embarrassment felt by some (particularly men) when saying those words.

Video Summarizing 143

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Summary of Key Points

"I Love You (the number of letters in each word)" is the most common definition for 143 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:I Love You (the number of letters in each word)
Type:Cyber Term
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for 143

When I write 143, I mean this:

meaning of 143
I (1) love (4) you (3).


Examples of 143 in Sentences

Here is an example of 143 being used in a conversation:
  • Person A: 143
  • Person B: I love you too.

An Academic Look at 143

143 is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I love you" instead of 143.

Our Slide Show "Text Speak Based on Numbers"

Read more about text speak based on numbers.

Example of 143 Used in a Text


See Also

1432 (I love you too) //(I love you) <2 (not in love yet) <3 (love) <333 (lots of love) <3U (love you) 1234 (1 thing 2 say 3 words 4 you (I love you)) 381 (I love you (3 words, 8 letters, 1 meaning)) 721 (love you (7 letters, 2 words, 1 meaning)) 831 (I love you (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)) ILU (I love you) ILU2 (I love you too) ILY (I love you) K3U (I love you)