What Does ILYM 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: ILYM means "I Love You More."

More Observations...

ILYM is a response to "I love you" (especially in the US when saying goodbye). The abbreviation ILYM is typically used between family members or between partners. It is often used in song lyrics and is also the title of a best-selling book by Laura Duksta.. Of note, ILYM can also be written as ILUM.

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When I write ILYM, I mean this:

meaning of ILYM

"I love you more (ILYM)" is a typically American response to "I love you."

Summary of Key Points

"I Love You More" is, by far, the most common meaning for ILYM when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:I Love You More
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILYM in Sentences

Here is an example of ILYM in a conversation:
  • Daughter: Bye mom, I love you.
  • Mother: Bye, darling ILYM.

An Academic Look at ILYM

ILYM is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Ell Why Emm), but as this is harder to say than "I love you more," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ILYM is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Example of ILYM Used in a Text

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