What Does M8 Mean?

M8 means "Mate". The abbreviation M8 is an informal term of endearment for a friend. Most often used between men, M8 can also be a term of general acknowledgement.

M8 uses the number 8 to replace the letters "ate". Here are some other terms that make use of this efficiency:
Summary of Key Points
"Mate" is the most common definition for M8 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is some more information about M8:

Type:Cyber Term
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s
An Image for M8
When I write M8, I mean this:

meaning of M8
M8 means Mate.

Examples of M8 in Sentences

Here are examples of M8 being used in conversations:
  • Roly: Shall I pick you up at 8pm?
  • Sam: Ah, M8 that'd be fantastic.
  • Penny: I heard people talking about you yesterday, but I told them none of it was true.
  • Liz: Thanks, you're a proper M8.

An Academic Look at M8

Technically, M8 is not an abbreviation but a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write the word, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "mate" instead of using M8.

A Text with M8

See Also

BM4L (best mates for life) BMFE (best mates forever) BMFL (best mates for life) BMTTVE (best mates till the very end) BOYO (mate (from the Welsh)) BRUV (mate) CELLY (close mate met in prison) FELLA (mate) ILYAM (I love you as a mate) LAA (mate (from scouse (Liverpool))) M9 (best mate (i.e., one better than a m8)) MATE (friend) NWM (no worries mate) SMIDSY (sorry mate, I didn't see you)