Meaning of ILYAAF

What Does ILYAAF Mean?

ILYAAF means "I Love You As a Friend". The abbreviation ILYAAF is often used as a response to the abbreviation ILY, when the sender wishes to make it clear to the other party that they have no interest in a romantic relationship. In this context, ILYAAF can be considered a diplomatic way of rebuffing a declaration of love.

More rarely, the abbreviation ILYAAF can be used to indicate appreciation of a friend. In this context, it is more likely to be used by female friends rather than by males.
Summary of Key Points

Definition for ILYAAF

ILYAAF means "I Love You As a Friend". This is the most common definition for ILYAAF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about ILYAAF:

Definition:I Love You As a Friend
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write ILYAAF, I mean this:

meaning of ILYAAF
"I Love You As A Friend"

Examples of ILYAAF in Sentences

Here are examples of ILYAAF being used in conversations:
  • Tom: You are so special to me. I think I love you.
  • Becky: Thanks Tom. You are very special to me as well, but ILYAAF.
  • Christine: I have no idea what I would do without you! ILYAAF.
  • Pat: Thanks Chris. I love you too.

An Academic Look at ILYAAF

ILYAAF is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Aye Ell Yoo Eh Eh Eff), but as this is harder to say than "I love you as a friend," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ILYAAF is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have just said something like "I love you as a friend" instead of ILYAAF.

A Text with ILYAAF

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


See Also

JAF (just a friend) LJBF (let's just be friends) LUFF (friendly love) LYAAF (love you as a friend) LYLAF (love you like a friend) SPF (strictly platonic friend) ILU (I love you) ILYAM (I love you as a mate) ILYLAS (I love you like a sister)