What Does A/W Mean?

A/W means "Anyway."  The abbreviation A/W is typically used in text speak to mean "Anyway."

A/W is normally used to mean "Anyway" (one word), in the sense of "in any case "; or "Any Way" (two words), in the sense of "in any manner or by any means." For example:
  • A/W, what are you doing later?
  • (In this sentence, A/W means "Anyway" as in in any case.)
  • Finish the job A/W you can.
  • (In this sentence, A/W means "Any Way" as in by any means.)

Summary of Key Points

"Anyway" is the most common definition for A/W on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write A/W, I mean this:

meaning of A/W
"Well, I'm going to do it A/W".


Examples of A/W in Sentences

Here are examples of A/W being used in jokes and conversations:
  • Jason: My life is an open book. But it's very poorly written and I die in the end A/W.
  • Susan: I don't know what makes you so stupid, but it really works A/W.

An Academic Look at A/W

The abbreviation A/W is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ay Dbl-Yoo), but as this is harder to say than "Anyway," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation A/W 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 "Anyway" or "Any Way" instead of using the abbreviation A/W.

Example of A/W Used in a Text


See Also

Learn how to insert special punctuation symbols A3 (anywhere, anytime, any place) ANY1 (anyone) AWW (any which way, expression of approval or sympathy) NE (any) NE1 (anyone) NEFIN (anything) NEWAY (anyway)