What Does GU Mean in a Text?

GU means "Geographically Undesirable" and "Grow Up."

Geographically Undesirable

The abbreviation GU is most commonly used with the meaning "Geographically Undesirable." On online dating sites this means that a potential date lives so far away that meeting up or maintaining a relationship would be very difficult. Outside of a dating context, GU is often used when talking about a job opportunity that is so far away that it would make commuting difficult or would require relocation.

Grow Up

GU is also used with the meaning "Grow Up." In this context, GU is most often used as an interjection, indicating frustration at someone's childish behaviour or attitude.

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meaning of GU

GU also means "Grow Up."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for GU

GU means "Geographically Undesirable." This is the most common definition for GU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and, as well as in texts and adult chat forums.
Definition:Geographically Undesirable
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for GU

GU also means "Grow Up":
Definition:Grow Up
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of GU in Sentences

Here are examples of GU being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Have you found your perfect match online yet?
  • Jordan: The world is full of people who are just right for me, but everyone is so GU. I think I will be forever stuck with dating my ugly neighbours. Fancy dinner tonight?
  • (Here GU means "Geographically Undesirable.")
  • Tony: Don't leave me on my own. I hate the dark.
  • Jordan: GU! You're a sergeant in the Marine Corps for f*cks sake!
  • (Here, GU means "Grow Up.")

An Academic Look at GU

Whether used with the meaning "Geographically Undesirable" or with the meaning "Grow Up," GU is classified as an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Gee Yoo"). However, it is seldom spoken using its letters.

"Grow Up" is an interjection. Interjections are words used to express feeling or sudden emotion. They can be standalone or as part of a sentence (usually at the start). An interjection can end in an exclamation mark to express a strong feeling or emotion. Therefore, GU can be written as GU or GU!

"Geographically Undesirable" is an adverbial phrase of place. An adverbial phrase is two or more words that play the role of an adverb. (For more about adverbial phrases check out Grammar Monster.)

Example of GU Used in a Text

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