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Meaning of DM


What Does DM Mean?

DM means "Direct Message". The abbreviation DM is used throughout social media to request or refer to a private conversation between two people. The message will be directly for one person and not for general viewing. Of note, the abbreviation PM for "Private Message" is an alternative example.
  • Alice: I found out some information about the girl you interviewed yesterday.
  • Cathy: Can you put it in a DM? It's better that it stays private.
DM can also be the abbreviation for "Doesn't Matter", meaning something is unimportant. It is a more polite way of saying you don't care about an event or outcome. For example:
  • Julie: I forgot to get your magazine from the shop.
  • Kim: DM. I'll get it tomorrow instead.
DM can also be the abbreviation for "Don't Mind", which means that you don't have a strong opinion either way on a subject. For example:
  • Katherine: Would you like egg or ham in your sandwich?
  • Lisa: DM. I like them both.

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Definition for DM

DM means "Direct Message". This is the most common definition for DM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about DM:

DM
Definition:Direct Message
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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Examples of DM in Sentences

Here are examples of DM being used in conversations:
  • Stuart: How do you make a blonde laugh on Saturday? Tell her a joke on Wednesday!
  • Richard: Might be better to DM me any more of those. My wife is blonde.
  • Nick: I've got some inside information about our competitor.
  • Bryn: Great! DM the details and I'll get back to you.

An Academic Look at DM

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., " Dee Em"), DM is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

DM is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order). For example:
  • DM me when you get home.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have said something like "I will contact you direct" instead of DM.

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Second Definition for DM

This meaning was also noted:

DM
Definition:Doesn't Matter
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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Third Definition for DM

This meaning was also noted, but it is not common:

DM
Definition:Don't Mind
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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Using DM on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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