What Does LHK Mean in a Text?

Expressing Love in a Text

There are over 100 novel ways to express love in a text message. Some of them were invented by the iKids (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, and Generation A), making them just a few decades old, but many of them have been around for centuries. Here's the one that matters to you: LHK means "Love, Hugs and Kisses."

More Observations...

The abbreviation LHK is an affectionate, informal way of signing off a conversation. It would be used between close friends, but never in a business or formal situation. Of note, LHK was also an abbreviation of the Light-house Keepers, an Australian rock band formed in 1981.

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When I write LHK, I mean this:

meaning of LHK

LHK is usually used as an affectionate postamble to a message.

Summary of Key Points

"Love, Hugs and Kisses" is, by far, the most common meaning for LHK when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Love, Hugs and Kisses
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LHK in Sentences

Here are examples of LHK in conversations:
  • Martin: You're the best friend ever for doing all the driving tonight.
  • Lynette: Your turn next time! See you later. LHK.
  • Saul: I'm so fed up after being dumped again.
  • Rachel: There's someone out there for you so don't give up. I think you're great. LHK.

An Academic Look at LHK

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ell Aich Kay"), LHK is classified as an initialism abbreviation. 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 said something like "lots of love" instead of LHK.

Example of LHK Used in a Text


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