What Does 831 Mean?

831 means "I Love You."

The number 831 is a cyber term used to mean "I Love You." Each individual number in 831 has a specific definition:
  • 8 = The total number of letters in the phrase "I Love You."
  • 3 = The total number of words in the phrase "I Love You."
  • 1 = The one meaning of the cyber term 831.
There are many other cyber terms with the same or similar meanings, including: Numbers such as these allow the sender to say "I Love You" without suffering the embarrassment felt by some (particularly men) when saying or typing those words.

For added emphasis, 831 and other such numbers are often paired with other cyber terms, such as 224 (Today, Tomorrow, Forever).

Video Summarizing 831

Here is a short video summarizing how the numeronym 831 works:

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You" (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning) is the most common definition for 831 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Love You (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning)
Type:Cyber Term
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for 831

When I write 831, I mean this:

meaning of 831
8 (eight letters) 3 (three words) 1 (one meaning)


Examples of 831 in Sentences

Here is an example of 831 being used in a conversation:
  • Harry: 831 babe.
  • Sally: What?
  • Harry: Ermm, I love you. 831 means I love you.
  • Sally: Oh! Thanks babe. 831 too.

An Academic Look at 831

831 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 Love You" instead of using 831.

Using Numbers in Texts

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

Example of 831 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)) ILU (I love you) ILU2 (I love you too) ILY (I love you) K3U (I love you)