What Does K Mean in a Text?

K means "Okay" and "Kids."

The abbreviation K is typically used as a way of shortening the abbreviation "OK" (meaning "Okay") still further.

As with "Okay," the use of K indicates acceptance, agreement, approval, or acknowledgment. However, it may sometimes be interpreted as lacking enthusiasm. For example:
  • Person 1: Do you want to come to the game tomorrow?
  • Person 2: K! Yes please!
  • (Here, K indicates genuine enthusiasm in accepting the offer.)
  • Person 1: Be home by 10 pm, or you will be grounded.
  • Person 2: K.
  • (Here, K indicates reluctant acknowledgement and acceptance of an order.)
On online dating sites, K is also used with the meaning "Kids."

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When I write K, I mean this:

meaning of K

K may indicate that something is not really Okay.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for K

K means "Okay." This is the most common definition for K on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for K

K also means "Kids" on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com, as well as in text messages and on adult chat forums.
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of K in Sentences

Here are examples of K being used in conversations:
  • Toni: I have got us tickets for the game on Saturday!
  • Teri: Errr, K. Can't wait.
  • Cynic 1: Give me the most pointless abbreviation you've ever come across.
  • Cynic 2: K.

An Academic Look at K

K is best described as a shorthand term for "Okay." It is neither an initialism abbreviation nor an acronym. It is a short, phonetic version of how "Okay" sounds when said at a natural speed.

Example of K Used in a Text

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