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Meaning of HWP


What Does HWP Mean?

HWP (Height Weight Proportional) is typically used on dating sites to avoid offering body sizes. For example:
  • I am 5 feet 4 inches tall and HWP.
Experienced users of dating sites will tell you that HWP usually means the person is slightly overweight but not obese. Of interest, dating sites are full of specialist abbreviations, which have their roots in a time when personal ads featured in local newspapers and users were charged by the word. (A term like HWP would incur a fee for just one word while offering a fair amount of statistical information.)
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Definition for HWP

HWP means "Height Weight Proportional". This is the most common definition for HWP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about HWP:

HWP
Definition:Height Weight Proportional
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
An Image for HWP
When I write HWP, I mean this:

meaning of HWP
The image shows an attractive lady who is "height weight proportional".
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Examples of HWP in Sentences

Here are examples of HWP being used in conversations:
  • Person A: You're a tiny thing, aren't you? How would describe your physique? Sporty? Normal? Overweight?
  • Person B: HWP
  • Person A: Ah, okay.
  • (In this scenario, Person A has learnt that HWP usually means slightly overweight.)

An Academic Look at HWP

HWP is typically seen as an entry in a list of personal attributes. When used in a full sentence, HWP is mostly used like a predicative adjective (i.e., after the thing it describes), but occasionally it is used as an attributive adjective (i.e., immediately before the thing it describes). For example:
  • Janet is HWP.
  • (Here, HWP is describing Janet. It is a predicative adjective.)
  • She is a HWP girl.
  • (Although much rarer, HWP can be used as an attributive adjective.)
Of note, HWP is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Aich Dublyu Pee). (Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "average build" instead of HWP.

A Text with HWP

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

 
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