What Does LYB 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: LYB means "Love You, 'Bye."

More Observations...

LYB is an abbreviation of the sentence "I love you, goodbye." It is typically used as a quick and casual way to sign off a message to a friend or loved one. Of note, "Love You, 'Bye" is the title of an autobiography by UK BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills (published in 2012), which recounts his background, upbringing and rise to fame on the airwaves.

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When I write LYB, I mean this:

meaning of LYB

LYB is usually a friendly and informal "goodbye."

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LYB in Sentences

Here are examples of LYB in conversations:
  • Shazza: I'll pick you up after work.
  • Paulo: Great, thanks. LYB.
  • Trish: So will you be round to mine later?
  • Ralph: Yeah, yeah, see you at 8pm. LYB.

An Academic Look at LYB

LYB is an abbreviation of the phrase "I love you, goodbye." It is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) and does not usually form part of a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Love You, 'Bye" or something like "Lots Of Love, 'Bye" instead of using LYB.

Example of LYB Used in a Text

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