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What Does GM Mean?

GM means "Good Morning," "Genetically Modified," "Good Move," "General Motors," and "Game Master."

The abbreviation GM is commonly used in texting, speech and print. Here are explanations of some of the most popular definitions:

Good Morning

GM is most often used in texting with the meaning "Good Morning." In this context, GM is a straightforward salutation.

Of note:
  • When text messaging incurs a cost (e.g., SMS messaging), people tend not to wish each other "Good Morning." However, such niceties have become far more common since sending them became free.
  • The most common meaning of GM used to be General Motors (see below), but the rise of free messaging services like WhatsApp and Messenger has increased the use of GM with the meaning "Good Morning" to the extent that it is now the most common definition.

Genetically Modified

GM is now widely used, especially in print, with the meaning "Genetically Modified." In this context GM refers to organisms that have been altered through genetic-engineering techniques (commonly to produce medicine and food).

General Motors

With its headquarters in Detroit, General Motors Company (known as GM) is an American car manufacturer. After bankruptcy and restructuring in 2009, GM became General Motors Company LLC (but maintained the name GM). GM manufactures Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel, and Vauxhall vehicles (among others).

Good Move

GM is also used as a common response during online gaming with the meaning "Good Move" to congratulate a player for a shrewd move. Such a move is usually one that puts the sender under pressure (i.e., a move similar to "check" in chess).

Game Master

A "Game Master" is a person who runs or referees a Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG).

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for GM

"Good Morning" is the most common definition for GM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
GM
Definition:Good Morning
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for GM

"Genetically Modified" is another common definition for GM.

GM
Definition:Genetically Modified
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for GM

"General Motors" Is another definition for GM.

GM
Definition:General Motors
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Fourth Definition for GM

"Good Move" is a common definition for GM on gaming apps, such as Discord and Telegram.

GM
Definition:Good Move
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Fifth Definition for GM

"Game Master" is another gaming-related definition for GM.

GM
Definition:Game Master
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write GM, I mean this:

meaning of GM
The most common meaning for GM is now "Good Morning."

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Examples of GM in Sentences

Here are examples of GM being used in conversations:
  • Simon: GM all!
  • Toby: Why are you so happy?
  • Simon: I'm off on holiday tonight!
  • (Here, GM means "Good Morning.")
  • Dawn: These GM tomatoes are tasteless!
  • Mark: Yeah, but they last forever.
  • (Here, GM means "Genetically Modified.")
  • Dawn: I've bought Marylebone.
  • Mark: GM.
  • (Here, GM means "Good Move.")

An Academic Look at GM

When GM means "Good Morning" or "Good Move," it is used like a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). When it means "Genetically Modified," it is an adjective. When a noun is needed, it is more common to see GMO (Genetically Modified Organism).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Good Morning" instead of using the abbreviation GM.

Example of GM Used in a Text

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See Also

GMA (good morning, America) GDAY (hello) LO (hello) LOLO (hello hello) G9 (good night) GBML (good bye, my love) GG (good game) GGA (good game all) GGBB (good game bye bye) GGNORE (good game no rematch)