What Does 153 Mean?

153 means "I Adore You." 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.

Summary of Key Points

"I Adore You (the number of letters in each word)" is the most common definition for 153 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Adore You (the number of letters in each word)
Type:Cyber Term
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write 153, I mean this:

meaning of 153
I (1) adore (5) you (3).


Examples of 153 in Sentences

Here are examples of 153 being used 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 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 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


See Also

See our list of cool heart symbols IAU (I Adore You) IAY (I Adore You) 1234 (1 Thing 2 Say 3 Words 4 You (I Love You)) 1437 (I Love You Forever (number of letters in each word)) New ways to say I love you Text-speak using just numbers A list of dating terms