What Does CUL Mean in a Text?

CUL means "See You Later."

The meaning of the abbreviation CUL can be taken literally to mean that you will be meeting that person face-to-face sometime soon, but it is just as often used to indicate that someone will be in touch again soon, either by telephone, email or text message.

Sometimes the abbreviation CUL is used at the end of a conversation, whether or not the sender expects to meet with or even contact the recipient again soon.
  • Sam: I'm off to bed.
  • Jo: OK dude. CUL.
  • Lee: I'll ring you tonight. CUL.
  • Ali: CUL.
  • (Here, CUL is not about seeing someone later. It is just being used as a sign-off.)
CUL is sometimes translated as "Catch You Later" but "See You Later" is the more common definition.

CUL is one of many abbreviations for "See You Later." Other include:

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When I write CUL, I mean this:

meaning of CUL

"See you later."

Summary of Key Points

"See You Later" is the most common definition for CUL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:See You Later
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

An Academic Look at CUL

CUL is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., See Yoo Ell). However, it is not often uttered using its letters. The abbreviation CUL is for efficiency in writing, rather than efficiency in speech.

CUL is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "See you later." It is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "See you later" instead of using the abbreviation CUL.

Example of CUL Used in a Text

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