What Does HWP Mean?

HWP stands for "Height Weight Proportional". It is typically used on dating sites (e.g., Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com) or in personal ads 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.)

Summary of Key Points

Definition for HWP

HWP means "Height Weight Proportional". This is the most common definition for HWP on Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com.

Definition:Height Weight Proportional
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for HWP

When I write HWP, I mean this:

meaning of HWP
An attractive lady who is HWP.


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.

Example of HWP Used in a Text

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


See Also

GSOH (good sense of humour) WLTM (would like to meet) FSM (female seeking male) MSF (male seeking female) WSM (woman seeking man) 0 (passive or bottom partner (typically used in gay dating)) 0.5 (sexually versatile (typically used in gay dating)) 1 (active or top partner (typically used in gay dating)) 419 (For One Night (used in dating to mean a one-night stand)) DFS (dating for sport) E-DATING (online dating) POF (plenty of fish (dating website)) Digital Dating Abbreviations, Acronyms & Slang Terms