M (Dating Term)

What Does M Mean in a Text?

The letter M is used as an abbreviation to mean "Male," "Married," "Mature," and "Mephedrone." Here is more information about each of these definitions of M.

Male or Married

On online dating sites and in classified advertisements, M typically means "Male" or "Married." For example:
  • Lady Pink: Tell me about yourself.
  • Ram Rod: Straight, M, no kids.
  • Lady Pink: Sorry, not interested. Got that T shirt. Didn't work out too well.
  • (Here, M means married.)


In a gaming context, M is an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) classification meaning "Mature" (i.e., for Ages 17+).

Games rated "M" can include portrayals of violence (including blood, mutilation, and portrayals of death), strong sexual content, and frequent use of strong language. For example:
  • Jo: Did you just mutilate that opponent?
  • Sam: Sure did. I think this game pushes the boundary of the M rating!


M is also used as slang for the illegal synthetic stimulant mephedrone.

Other slang names for mephedrone include: Bubble, Drone, M-Cat, and Meow-Meow.

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When I write M, I mean this:

meaning of M

"Male, Married"

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of M

On online dating sites such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com M means "Male" or "Married."
Definition:Male, Married
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user


Second Definition of M

In video gaming, M is an ESRB classification which means "Mature."
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Third Definition of M

In drugs related chat, M means "Mephedrone" (an illegal stimulant).
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at M

M is both an initialism abbreviation (as it is pronounced using its initial letter) and an acronym (as it is pronounced like a word).

Example of M Used in a Text

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