What Does ILH 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: ILH means "I Love Him" or "I Love Her."

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The abbreviation ILH is used with the meaning "I Love Him or "I Love Her" as a declaration of one person's feelings for another. As with most abbreviations pertaining to "Love," ILH does not always refer to a deep romantic attachment, but can also be an expression of heartfelt, platonic affection. For example:
  • Tom: Jane is beautiful, bright, sweet and kind. ILH and I want to spend the rest of my life with her.
  • (Here, ILH indicates deep, romantic attachment.)
  • Jane: Tom is so funny. ILH. (Even though he is a bit intense sometimes.) He's one of my best friends.
  • (Here, ILH indicates platonic affection.)

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When I write ILH, I mean this:

meaning of ILH

ILH and she loves me.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for ILH

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

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for ILH

ILH also means "I Love Her":
Definition:I Love Her
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILH in Sentences

Here are examples of ILH in conversations:
  • Ken: Garry's such a laugh at work.
  • Steve: I know. ILH.
  • Kerry: Are you over Tom yet?
  • Linda: Not really, it's hard. ILH so much.

An Academic Look at ILH

ILH is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not normally used as another part of speech within a wider sentence. As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Ell Aitch"), ILH 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 "I Love Her" or "I Love Him," or maybe something like "She's So Sweet" or "He's So Cool" instead of using ILH.

Example of ILH Used in a Text

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