Meaning of TL

What Does TL Mean?

TL means "Talk Later", "Tight Lines", "Too Long", "Tough Luck" or "True Love".

"Talk Later". The abbreviation TL is commonly sent with the meaning "Talk Later" as a means of closing a conversation. It is also often used when the sender wishes to let the recipient know that they are currently occupied and that the timing of their call or message is inconvenient.

"Tight Lines". TL is used as an abbreviation of "Tight Lines", which is a term meaning "Good luck". It is a saying derived from angling (where "Tight Lines" indicate a good catch), but is widely popular.

"Too Long". TL can also be used to mean "Too Long". In this context, TL is typically sent in response to the sharing of a lengthy article or a request for an opinion on an article.

"Tough Luck". TL is also used to mean "Tough Luck". When used with this meaning, it is usually sent in response to a complaint or a moan and indicates little sympathy on the part of the sender.

"True Love". TL is also used with the meaning "True Love", when referring to a deep and abiding affection.
Summary of Key Points

First Definition for TL

TL means "Talk Later". This is the most common definition for TL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about TL:

TL
Definition:Talk Later
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for TL

TL also means "Tight Lines":

TL
Definition:Tight Lines
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for TL

TL also means "Too Long":

TL
Definition:Too Long
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Fourth Definition for TL

TL also means "Tough Luck":

TL
Definition:Tough Luck
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Fifth Definition for TL

TL also means "True Love":

TL
Definition:True Love
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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meaning of TL
TL also means "Tight Lines", "Too Long", "Tough Luck" or "True Love".
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Examples of TL in Sentences

Here are examples of TL being used in conversations:
  • Jonah: Fancy a chat?
  • Ted: I'm winning a row with my girlfriend! TL.
  • (Here, TL means "Talk Later".)
  • Bill: Big day tomorrow! I have an interview with Google!
  • Niall: Great! TL. I'm sure you'll smash it!
  • (Here, TL means "Tight Lines".)
  • Jill: Did you read that article about POTUS?
  • Ned: Sorry, TL. I have the same attention span as the Donald himself!
  • (Here, TL means "Too Long".)
  • Debra: Rick dumped me for cheating on him with Simon.
  • Mandy: TL. What else did you expect?
  • (Here, TL means "Tough Luck".)
  • David: I haven't seen you around much lately.
  • Melanie: That's because I have, at last, found my TL!
  • (Here, TL means "True Love".)

An Academic Look at TL

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Tee Ell"), TL is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Talk Later", "Tight Lines", "Too Long", "Tough Luck" or "True Love" instead of using the abbreviation TL.

A Text with TL

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

 
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See Also

TTUL (Talk To You Later) TUL (Talk To You Later) TWYL (Talk With You Later) TYL (Text You Later) WTL (Will Talk Later)