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Meaning of RU

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

Definition for RU

RU means "Are You?". This is the most common definition for RU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about RU:

Definition:Are You?
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
An 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.

A Text with RU

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


Popular Themes on Cyber Definitions