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Meaning of OAP

What Does OAP Mean?

OAP (Old Aged Pensioner) is an abbreviation used predominantly in the United Kingdom to describe someone old enough to draw on a state pension (currently 65 years old).

The term is often used to describe someone much younger who is showing signs of old age (e.g., making groaning noises when bending, being unable to do two nights out back-to-back).
Summary of Key Points

Definition for OAP

OAP means "Old Age Pensioner". This is the most common definition for OAP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about OAP:

Definition:Old Age Pensioner
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
An Image for OAP
When I write OAP, I mean this:

meaning of OAP
The image shows the 77-year-old Michael Mather (an OAP who used to spar with boxing legend Henry Cooper) after he scared off two thugs who attacked him.

Examples of OAP in Sentences

Here are examples of OAP being used in sentences:
  • 10% discount for OAPs.
  • You sound like an OAP, mate. You need to cut down on the cigarettes.

An Academic Look at OAP

OAP is mostly used as a noun, but occasionally it is used as an attributive adjective. For example:
  • I am an OAP.
  • (Here, OAP is a noun.)
  • I have an OAP pass.
  • (Here, OAP is an attributive adjective.)
Of note, OAP is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Oh Ay Pee). (Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

A Text with OAP

Using OAP on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)


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