What Does IL Mean in a Text?

Expressing Love in a Text

There are over 100 novel ways to express love in a text message. Some of them were invented by the iKids (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, and Generation A), making them just a few decades old, but many of them have been around for centuries. Here's the one that matters to you: IL means "In Love" or "I Laugh."

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The abbreviation IL is typically used with the meaning "In Love" when talking about the feelings that a person has for another. In this context, IL usually indicates a genuine romantic attachment and shouldn't be confused with abbreviations such as ILY (I Love You), which is often used to convey simple affection. (For example, you can "Love" both your partner and your friend, but you should only be "In Love" with your partner.)

IL is also used with the meaning "I Laugh." In this context, IL is typically used ironically, as a response to a bad joke.

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When I write IL, I mean this:

meaning of IL

This couple are definitely IL.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for IL

IL means "In Love." This is the most common definition for IL in texting and on messaging apps like Instagram and TikTok.
Definition:In Love
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for IL

IL also means "I Laugh":
Definition:I Laugh
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IL in Sentences

Here are examples of IL in conversations:
  • Rob: Why are you being so weird?
  • Sam: I'm IL and it feels great.
  • (Here, IL means "In Love.")
  • Chris: I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure.
  • Ben: IL. But, not really.
  • (Here, IL means "I Laugh.")

An Academic Look at IL

Whether used to mean "In Love" or "I Laugh," IL is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Ell"). Therefore, it is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "In Love" or "I Laugh" instead of using IL.

Example of IL Used in a Text

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