What Does CU Mean in a Text?

CU means "See You." The abbreviation CU is typically used between friends and family members at the end of a conversation and has the same meaning as "Goodbye." It does not imply that the next contact will be a face-to-face meeting, only that there will probably be some contact in the future.

Of note, another common meaning of the abbreviation CU is "Control Unit," which is a component of a computer's central processing unit that directs the operation of the processor.

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When I write CU, I mean this:

meaning of CU

CU means "See You." It is an informal way of saying goodbye.

Summary of Key Points

"See You" is the most common definition for CU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:See You
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Examples of CU in Sentences

Here are examples of CU being used in conversations:
  • Tom: CU at the club.
  • Rod: Not if I CU first.
  • Jenny: OK. CU soon.
  • Pete: If I don't CU through the day, I'll CU through the window.

An Academic Look at CU

CU is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., See Yoo), but it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation CU 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 said something like "See You" or "Bye" instead of using the abbreviation CU.

Example of CU Used in a Text

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