What Does LURVE 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: LURVE means "Love."

More Observations...

LURVE is a non-standard spelling of the word "love." It is a humorous mispronunciation, the origin of which is widely credited to the 1977 Woody Allen film "Annie Hall," in which Allen's character avoids using the word "love" and retreats into comedy to avoid saying it:

Annie Hall Bridge Scene

Nowadays, LURVE may suggest more or less passion than "ordinary" love, depending on the context. It can also be used sarcastically to indicate strong dislike. For example:
  • Trevor: I love you Jean.
  • Jean: Do you think it is true LURVE? Because, I LURVE you with all my heart.
  • John: I had to wait 2 hours for the hairdresser today.
  • Ted: Wow. I know how much you LURVE to be kept waiting.
LURVE can also be written as LURV and LERVE.

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When I write LURVE, I mean this:

meaning of LURVE

LURVE is a humorous way of saying "Love."

Summary of Key Points

"Love" is, by far, the most common meaning for LURVE when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at LURVE

LURVE is typically used as a verb (i.e. a doing word). For example:
  • I LURVE you.
  • We LURVE quiet nights in.
  • They LURVE it when we beat them.

Example of LURVE Used in a Text

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