What Does LOLN Mean?

LOLN means "Laughing Out Loud, Not!". LOLN is typically used to online to state that something is deemed not funny. It is also used to contradict the opinion of another person who finds a joke or situation funny.

The "not" element in LOLN takes its rise from the "not joke" which was popular in the early 1990s in the US, made famous by the 1992 film "Wayne's World". "Not jokes" involve the insertion of "not" after an apparently affirmative sentence to state the contrary. These jokes became a standard part of the routines of US stand-up comics in the 1990s, and the phrase became so widespread that the use of "not" as a contradiction has become a feature of contemporary language in the US.

Summary of Key Points

"LOL, Not (i.e. It's not funny)" is the most common definition for LOLN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:LOL, Not (i.e., It's not funny)
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for LOLN

When I write LOLN, I mean this:

meaning of LOLN
"Not funny!"


Examples of LOLN in Sentences

Here are examples of LOLN being used in conversations:
  • Person A: LOLCATS! LOLN.
  • Person B: Yeah. They are so boring now.
  • Person A: I heard you tucked your skirt in your underwear when you went to the ladies room LOL.
  • Person B: LOLN.

An Academic Look at LOLN

LOLN is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., El Oh El En). Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "not funny" instead of LOLN.

Our Slide Show "The Evolution of LOL"

Read more about LOL.

Example of LOLN Used in a Text


See Also

ALOL (actually laughing out loud) BLOL (big laugh out loud) ELOL (evil laugh out loud) LLOL (literally lol) LOL (laughing out loud) LOLAGE (laughing out loud (the noun) (see also loling)) LOLCAT (funny picture of a cat (usually with a caption)) LOLED (laughed out loud (i.e. the past tense of lol)) LOLING (laughing out loud (the noun) (see also lolage)) LOLL (laugh out loud literally) LOLOL (lots of laughing out loud) LOLQ (laugh out loud quietly (see also loq)) LOLZ (laugh out loud (with sarcasm) (see also llz)) NLOL (not lol) ROFLOL (rolling on floor, laughing out loud) ROTFLOL (rolling on the floor laughing out loud)