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Meaning of HOAY


What Does HOAY Mean?

HOAY means "How Old Are You?" The abbreviation HOAY is typically used as a straightforward question, asked to determine someone's age. In this context, it is most commonly found on dating websites and apps.

HOAY can also be used as a rhetorical question. In this context, it is often used as an expression of amusement, exasperation or disbelief. For example:
  • Clare: I can't sleep without my cuddly toys in the bed.
  • Rose: Really? HOAY?
  • (Here HOAY expresses mild amusement.)
  • Tom: I daren't ask the boss for a raise. He might shout at me.
  • Jane: HOAY? Get in there now!
  • (Here HOAY expresses exasperation.)
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    Definition for HOAY

    HOAY means "How Old Are You?". This is the most common definition for HOAY on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about HOAY:

    HOAY
    Definition:How Old Are You?
    Type:Abbreviation
    Guessability:
    3: Guessable
    Typical Users:
    Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s
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    When I write HOAY, I mean this:

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    HOAY? doesn't always require an answer.
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    Examples of HOAY in Sentences

    Here are examples of HOAY being used in conversations:
    • Alice: I could meet you in Manchester on Saturday.
    • Ryan: That sounds good. HOAY?
    • Alice: Age is just a number.
    • Ryan: An important one in this case.
    • Sam: Can I have your picture so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?
    • Ella: That's so cheesy. HOAY?

    An Academic Look at HOAY

    HOAY plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question), but it is commonly seen without a question mark. In other words, it can be written "HOAY?" or "HOAY".

    HOAY is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Aitch Oh Ay Why"), but it is not often spoken using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation HOAYis for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

    What Did We Used To Say?

    Before the digital era, we might have just said "How Old Are You?" or something like "Grow Up!" instead of using HOAY.

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Using HOAY on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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