What Does ISO Mean?

ISO means "In Search Of," "International Organization For Standardization," and "King Iso (Rapper)." Here's more information about each of these definitions of ISO.

In Search Of

The abbreviation ISO is typically used in text messages, online forums or websites (such as Craigslist or Gumtree) with the meaning "In Search Of." It indicates that the poster wishes to buy a specified object.

In this context, ISO has the same meaning as the abbreviations LTB ("Looking To Buy") and WTB ("Want To Buy").

International Organization For Standardization

The ISO is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national organizations, which has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1947, and promotes worldwide industrial and commercial standards.

Note: In This context, ISO is not an abbreviation. Because "International Organization for Standardization" would have different acronyms in different languages (e.g., IOS in English, OIN in French (for Organisation Internationale de Normalisation)), the founders decided to use the short form ISO, which is derived from the Greek "isos," meaning "equal."

Video Summarizing ISO

Here is a video summarizing ISO:

King Iso

ISO is also used to refer to American rapper "King Iso," from Omaha, Nebraska.


Summary of Key Points

First Definition for ISO

ISO means "In Search Of." This is the most common definition for ISO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
Definition:In Search Of
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for ISO

"International Organization for Standardization" is a very common definition for ISO in business circles.
Definition:International Organization for Standardization
Type:Word (Greek)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for ISO

ISO is also used to refer to rapper "King Iso"

Definition:King ISO (Rapper)
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for ISO

When I write ISO, I mean this:

meaning of ISO
ISO also means "International Organization For Standardization" and "King Iso (Rapper)."


Examples of ISO in Sentences

Here are examples of ISO being used in conversations with the meaning "In Search Of":
  • Tim: I want a pet. Can you help me find a puppy online?
  • Sally: Sure, go on Bing and type ISO puppy.
  • Jo: I'm ISO a best friend to party with? Do you know anyone?
  • Cal: Me!

An Academic Look at ISO

When used with the meanings "In Search Of," ISO is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Ess Oh"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said something like "Looking for" or "Want to buy" instead of using ISO with the meaning "In Search Of."

Example of ISO Used in a Text


See Also

GSC (Google search console) LF (looking for) LF1M (looking for one more) LFG (looking for group) LTB (looking to buy) STW (search the web)