What Does AAR Mean?

AAR means "At Any Rate." The abbreviation AAR has a meaning similar to "Nevertheless," "Even so," or "In any case." In this context, AAR is typically used to clarify a statement or to introduce an excuse.

Other common meanings of AAR are:
  • "After Action Review" (A structured review of a mission, event or project to establish what happened, why it happened, and how it can be done better).
  • "Air-to-Air Refuelling"  (The process of transferring aviation fuel from a military aircraft tanker to another aircraft during flight).

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When I write AAR, I mean this: meaning of AAR AAR usually means At Any Rate, but can also mean Air-To-Air Refuelling.

Summary of Key Points

"At Any Rate" is the most common definition for AAR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:At Any Rate
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of AAR in Sentences

Here are examples of AAR being used in conversations:
  • Tony: How was the party?
  • Jordan: Great! We were all so smashed that no-one remembers what happened! AAR, I hope they don't.
  • Tony: I can't believe you were late again!
  • Jordan: I know. I'm sorry. AAR, I was in before Tony.

An Academic Look at AAR

AAR is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ay Ay Ar"), but as this is harder to say than "At Any Rate," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation AAR is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "At Any Rate" or "In Any Case" instead of using the abbreviation AAR.

Example of AAR Used in a Text


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