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Meaning of 187

What Does 187 Mean?

187 means "Police Code for Murder or Death". The number "187" is used by gangs throughout the United States and the United Kingdom as a synonym for the word "murder".

187 refers to Section 187 of the California Penal Code, which defines the crime of murder. The number is commonly pronounced by reading the digits separately as "one eight seven" or "one eighty-seven" rather than "one hundred and eighty-seven".

In California, suspects are normally charged by reference to one or more Penal Code (PC) sections. The documentation for a suspect charged with murder would be labelled "PC 187(a)" or just "PC 187." If a suspect is charged with attempted murder, then the code would be "PC 664/187" because attempt is defined in Penal Code Section 664.

Of note, 187 was the alternative name for "Deep Cover", a single released by rap artist Dr. Dre in 1992. The track features Snoop Dogg and was recorded for the soundtrack of the movie "Deep Cover" about undercover police work in LA starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum.
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Definition for 187

187 means "Police Code for Murder or Death". This is the most common definition for 187 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about 187:

Definition:Police Code for Murder or Death
Type:Cyber Term
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write 187, I mean this:

meaning of 187
187 is the California Penal Code for "murder"

Examples of 187 in Sentences

Here are examples of 187 being used in conversations:
  • Karl: What are all the blue lights for by the precinct?
  • Tyrone: 187 bro. A dealer got taken out.
  • Dane: Ready for a kicking in Grand Theft Auto later?
  • Ricky: I'm going to 187 your ass!

An Academic Look at 187

187 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 "murder" or "death" instead of 187.

A Text with 187

Using 187 on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)


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