What Does SRS Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

SRS means "Serious," "Sexual Reassignment Surgery," and "Supplemental Restraint System."

More Detail...

The abbreviation SRS has more than one meaning. Below we take a look at the three most popular.


On social media and in texts, SRS is most commonly used as a contraction of the word "Serious." In this context, it is often found in terms such as 'SRS BZNS' (Serious business) and 'Y SO SRS?' (Why so serious?).

Sexual Reassignment Surgery

SRS is also used with the meaning "Sexual Reassignment Surgery." This definition of SRS is becoming more popular, as gender reassignments become more commonplace and less stigmatized.

Supplemental Restraint System

In motoring, the abbreviation SRS is also used to refer to the airbag system fitted in cars. In this context, SRS means "Supplemental Restraint System." The SRS in a vehicle supplements the seat belt and enhances passenger safety in certain types of collision. The abbreviation SRS can often be seen on the steering wheel or dashboard of a car.

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meaning of SRS

SRS also means "Sexual Reassignment Surgery" and "Supplemental Restraint System."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for SRS

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

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for SRS

"Sexual Reassignment Surgery" is another common definition for SRS.
Definition:Sexual Reassignment Surgery
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for SRS

"Supplemental Restraint System" is a common definition for SRS in motoring circles.
Definition:Supplemental Restraint System
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user


Examples of SRS in Sentences

Here are examples of SRS in conversations:
  • Rick: I ate your leftover pizza when I was drunk.
  • Stevie: What? Are you SRS?
  • Rick: Sorry, man. I'm SRS. I'll buy you another one.
  • (Here, SRS means "Serious.")
  • Sam: Have you seen Caitlin recently?
  • Daniel: Yeah, she was a woman trapped inside a man's body until SRS.
  • (Here, SRS means "Sexual Reassignment Surgery.")
  • Dorky Person: Does your car have an SRS?
  • Normal Person: I think so. Do you mean an airbag?
  • (Here, SRS means "Supplemental Restraint System.")

An Academic Look at SRS

When used with the meaning "Serious," SRS is a contraction. Some contractions, like SRS, use the opening letters of the fully expanded version. Other contractions, like Dr, use letters from the start and end of the fully expanded version. (Check out initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "ESS ARR ESS"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "serious" instead of using SRS.

Example of SRS Used in a Text

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