What Does L Mean in a Text?

The letter L means "Laugh" or "Laughing," "Lose" or "Loss," and "L. Lawliet." L is usually typed in lowercase (i.e., as "l").

Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.


L is often used as an abbreviation of the words "laugh" or "laughing." It is a further abbreviation of terms like LOL (laugh/laughing out loud).

The use of L often (but not always) indicates boredom or a lack of genuine mirth on the part of the sender. For example:
  • Toni: When my friend went into labor she shouted, "Can't! Couldn't! Didn't! Shouldn't! Won't!" The doctor said, "The contractions have started."
  • Jordan: L.
  • Sam: Times New Roman walked into a bar. The bartender said, "Get out of here! We don't serve your type!"
  • Jo: L.


The letter L is also used as an abbreviation of the words "lose" (as in "You lose") and "loss" (as in "Catching a loss"). For example:
  • Chris: I vote for going to Murphy's on Saturday.
  • Lee: L. We have already bought tickets for Dwayne's.
  • (Here L is being used to mean "lose," as in "You lose.")
  • Ali: I am going to tell Robin that I saw you with Les.
  • Ray: Well you'll be the one catching an L. I split with Robin last week.
  • (Here "L" is being used to mean "loss.")

L Lawliet

In the Japanese anime and manga series Death Note, the letter L is used to refer to the fictional detective L. Lawliet.

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meaning of L

L. Lawliet is a popular anime and manga character.

Summary of Key Points for First Definition of L

"Laugh/Laughing" is the most common definition for L on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Second Definition of L

"Lose/Loss" is another common definition for L.
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Third Definition of L

Amongst fans of anime and manga, "L. Lawliet" is a common definition for L.
Definition:L. Lawliet
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Example of L Used in a Text

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