What Does SLY Mean in a Text?

Expressing Love in a Text

There are over 100 novel ways to express love in a text message. Some of them were invented by the iKids (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, and Generation A), making them just a few decades old, but many of them have been around for centuries. Here's the one that matters to you: SLY means "Still Love You."

More Observations...

SLY can be pronounced as an acronym (i.e., spoken like the word sly) or an abbreviation (i.e., Ess Ell Why). SLY is commonly used after wronging someone or having been wronged by someone to let them know that you still love them. Of note, although rarer, SLY can also mean "She Loves You" or "Someone Loves You." As an adjective, the word SLY (i.e., when not used as an abbreviation) means cunning, sneaky, or devious.

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When I write SLY, I mean this:

meaning of SLY

SLY means someone still loves you.

Summary of Key Points

"Still Love You" is, by far, the most common meaning for SLY when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Still Love You
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of SLY in Sentences

Here are examples of SLY in conversations:
  • Richard: "Hey, baby, are you being followed? Because I've been seeing people behind your back."
  • Elaine: You're funny SLY though.
  • Mark: I'm back late tonight.
  • Sharon: Okay, SLY even when you're out on the town.

An Academic Look at SLY

SLY is typically used as a declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "I still love you." Of note, SLY can be said like a word or an initialism abbreviation. (Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.)

Example of SLY Used in a Text

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