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Meaning of WDYM

What Does WDYM Mean?

WDYM (What Do You Mean?) is used to ask for clarification. In other words, the meaning of the expanded abbreviation can be taken literally.

WDYM is sometimes expanded to "Whatever Do You Mean?". This version is more emphatic than "What Do You Mean?".
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Definition for WDYM

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

Definition:What Do You Mean?
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write WDYM, I mean this:

meaning of WDYM
Even though it's a question, WDYM is often written without a question mark for brevity. This is quite ironic because the question mark could replace the whole abbreviation.

Examples of WDYM in Sentences

Here are examples of WDYM being used in conversations:
  • Person A: That's truly amazing!
  • Person B: WDYM?
  • Person A: My screensaver!
  • Person B: Ah, sorry. I wasn't listening.
  • Person A: Well, that's the end of an era.
  • Person B: WDYM
  • Person A: I've taken out my ear hoops and removed my nose ring.

An Academic Look at WDYM

WDYM is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dublyu Dee Wye Em), but as this is harder to say than "What do you mean," it is not often said using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation WDYM is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

WDYM plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question), but it is commonly seen without a question mark. In other words, it can be written "WDYM?" or "WDYM".

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "please could you explain?" instead of WDYM.

A Text with WDYM

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


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