What Does JK Mean?

JK (Just Kidding) is typically used at the end of provocative statement to render it void (i.e., by declaring it was just said in jest).

If someone uses JK on you, you should bear the following old adage in mind: "Many a true word is said in jest." In other words, the caveat JK does not warrant automatic forgiveness for the "attacker." JK normally means "This is what I really think, but I don't want to have fight about it."

Summary of Key Points

"Just Kidding" is the most common definition for JK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Just Kidding
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

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When I write JK, I mean this:

meaning of JK
"Remember! Many a true word is said in jest."


Examples of JK in Sentences

Here are some examples of JK being used in sentences:
  • They really messed up your spray tan. Umpa lumpa doompadeedo. JK.
  • You're not invited to the party tomorrow because nobody really likes you JK.

An Academic Look at JK

The term JK is not used as a part of speech (like a verb, noun, etc.). It is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence, the full meaning of which is "I am just kidding."

JK is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Jay Kay), but as this is harder to say than "just kidding," it is not spoken using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation JK is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. (Note: Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

Example of JK Used in a Text


See Also

Selves-isolating (Locking down with a partner) BNR (but not really) HHOK (ha ha only kidding) IJK (I'm just kidding) OK (only kidding) AYKM (are you kidding me?)