What Does IWIK Mean?

IWIK means "I Wish I Knew". I wish I knew is a response to a question. It can carry one of the following connotations:
  • I'm not going to do your research for you.
  • I wasn't included in the original conversation, so don't ask me.
  • I'm not that well informed.
  • How am I supposed to know?
  • Who actually knows?

Summary of Key Points

"I Wish I Knew" is the most common definition for IWIK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:I Wish I Knew
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write IWIK, I mean this:

meaning of IWIK
The term "I wish I knew" (IWIK) is often used to shut down a request for information. When used in this way, it really means "I'm not doing your research for you".


Examples of IWIK in Sentences

Here are examples of IWIK being used in conversations:
  • Person A: What is the answer to question 6?
  • Person B: IWIK.
  • Person A: What did Sarah say to John?
  • Person B: IWIK.
  • Person A: When will these problems end?
  • Person B: IWIK.

An Academic Look at IWIK

IWIK is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, it is not used as a part of speech in a wider sentence.

Of note, IWIK is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., I Dublyu I Kay), but as this is harder to say than "I wish I knew," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IWIK is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Example of IWIK Used in a Text


See Also

AFAIK (as far as I know) AIKRN (all I know right now) ASAIK (as soon as I know) AUO (I don't know) AYK (as you know) B4YKI (before you know it) BEH (whatever) BLEH (whatever) BOF (whatever) BWTH (but what the hell)