What Does LYLAB 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: LYLAB means "Love You Like A Brother."

More Observations...

The abbreviation LYLAB can be considered a huge compliment between two male friends or a diplomatic way for a girl to make it clear that she has no interest in a romantic relationship with one of her male friends. In the latter context, it is sometimes used as a response to the abbreviation ILY and other such declarations of love. Love You Like A Brother is also often abbreviated as LULAB, in addition to LYLAB.

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When I write LYLAB, I mean this:

meaning of LYLAB

"Love You Like A Brother"

Summary of Key Points

"Love You Like a Brother" is, by far, the most common meaning for LYLAB 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 Like a Brother
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LYLAB in Sentences

Here are examples of LYLAB in conversations:
  • Tim: Thanks for getting me home last night dude.
  • Jack: No probs dude. You know I LYLAB.
  • Stan: Although you are my best friend, I am falling in love with you.
  • Tanya: You are like family to me Stan. I LYLAB.

An Academic Look at LYLAB

LYLAB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ell Wye Ell Eh Bee), but as this is harder to say than "Love You Like A Brother," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation LYLAB is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. The abbreviation LYLAB is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "Love You Like A Brother." LYLAB is not often 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 just said something like "I Love You Like A Brother" instead of using the abbreviation LYLAB.

Example of LYLAB Used in a Text

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