What Does 381 Mean?

381 means "I Love You". The 3 represents the number of words in the term. The 8 represents the total number of letters, and the 1 tells us that the term has one meaning. Other versions of this include:

143 = I love you (the number of letters in each word)
721 = Love you (7 letters, 2 words, 1 meaning)
831 = I love you (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)

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

Video Summarizing 381

Here is a video summarizing 381:

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You (3 words, 8 letters, 1 meaning)" is the most common definition for 381 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:I Love You (3 words, 8 letters, 1 meaning)
Type:Cyber Term
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write 381, I mean this:

meaning of 381
3 (three words) 8 (eight letters) 1 (one meaning).


Examples of 381 in Sentences

Here is an example of 381 being used in a conversation:
  • Person A: 381.
  • Person B: I love you too.

An Academic Look at 381

381 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 381.

Our Slide Show "Text Speak Based on Numbers"

Read more about text speak based on numbers.

Example of 381 Used in a Text


See Also

//(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)) 143 (I love you (the number of letters in each word)) 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)