What Does LYL Mean in a Text?

LYL means "Love You Lots." The abbreviation LYL has a casual, childlike sense. LYL is mainly used as a farewell, often between parents and children, but sometimes also between close friends. It is rarely used between couples who are really in love, except as a joke.

A common reply to the abbreviation LYL is "like jelly tots." This response is of uncertain origin.

Of note: The abbreviation LYL is also written as ILYL "I Love You Lots".

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When I write LYL, I mean this:

meaning of LYL

"Love You Lots"

Summary of Key Points

"Love You Lots" is the most common definition for LYL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Love You Lots
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LYL in Sentences

Here are examples of LYL being used in conversations:
  • Jamie: Goodnight daddy LYL.
  • Tom: Goodnight son. LYL too.
  • Husband: Hello my gorgeous wife. LYL.
  • Wife: Like jelly tots. How late are you going to be?

An Academic Look at LYL

The abbreviation LYL is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ell Wye Ell"), therefore, it is classed as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words. 

LYL is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, LYL is not normally used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Love You Lots" instead of using the abbreviation LYL.

Example of LYL Used in a Text

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