What Does RU Mean?

RU usually means "Are You?" The abbreviation RU is a quick way of asking "Are You?". It can be used as a standalone term, but most often it is used as part of a longer question. For example:
  • Janet: RU busy?
  • John: Not really. RU?
  • Janet: Nah.
The abbreviation RU can also mean one of the following:
  • Ru (The symbol for ruthenium)
  • .ru (The web suffix for the Russian Federation)
  • RU (Rugby Union)
  • RU (International car registration for Burundi)

Summary of Key Points

"Are You?" is the most common definition for RU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Are You?
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for RU

When I write RU, I mean this:

meaning of RU
The image shows a dog with a quizzical expression.


Examples of RU in Sentences

Here are examples of RU being used in conversations:
  • Ryan: RU leaving early?
  • Steve: Yes, I need to miss the traffic tonight.
  • Wendy: I'm the classiest person in this office.
  • Lisa: RU sure?

An Academic Look at RU

As the R in RU represents the phonetic sound of the whole word "Are," RU is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

Example of RU Used in a Text


See Also

AUS (Are You Serious?) AWHFY (Are We Having Fun Yet?) AYFR (Are You For Real?) AYFT (Are You Free Today?) AYR (Are You Ready?) AYT (Are You There?) AYKM (Are You Kidding Me?) AYS (Are You Serious?) AYL (Are You Listening?) AYSOS (Are You Stupid Or Something?) RUT (Are You There?) UMAD (Are You Mad?)