What Does 153 Mean in a Text?

The Quick Answer

153 means "I Adore You."

More Observations...

153 is a form of shorthand typically used in texts or instant messaging with the meaning "I Adore You." The numbers represent the number of letters in each word. Other forms of abbreviating "I Adore You" include IAY and IAU. The practice of replacing letters or words with numbers is quite common when making declarations of love or deep affection, e.g., 143 ("I Love You") and 14344 ("I Love You Very Much"). Such abbreviations are easier for some people to use when they feel too embarrassed to say the actual words.

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When I write 153, I mean this:

meaning of 153

I (1) adore (5) you (3).

Summary of Key Points

"I Adore You (the number of letters in each word)" is, by far, the most common meaning for 153 when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:I Adore You (the number of letters in each word)
Type:Internet Slang Term
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of 153 in Sentences

Here are examples of 153 in conversations:
  • Tony: 153.
  • Jordan: Yes, sure. If you really meant it you would say it, not send me some silly numbers.
  • Besotted Person: 153.
  • Uninterested Person: Thanks. You're very sweet.

An Academic Look at 153

153 is classified by our team as an "internet slang term" as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "Slang terms" differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I Adore You" instead of using 153.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of 153 Used in a Text


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