What Does WUW Mean in a Text?

WUW means "What Do You want?", "What Are You Wearing?" and "Who Are You With?".

"What Do You Want?"

The abbreviation WUW most commonly means "What Do You Want?". It is used to ascertain why a person has messaged. The use of WUW in this context can sometimes be considered quite abrupt or rude.

"What Are You Wearing?" and "Who Are You With?"

On dating sites and adult chat forums, WUW is sometimes used with the meanings "What Are You Wearing?" and "Who Are You With?". (Note: Both of these terms can be associated with online grooming.)

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meaning of WUW

WUW also means "What Are You Wearing?" and "Who Are You With?"

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for WUW

"What Do You Want?" is the most common definition for WUW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:What Do You Want?
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for WUW

"What Are You Wearing?" is another common definition for WUW especially on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com, as well as in texts and on chat forums.
Definition:What Are You Wearing?
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for WUW

"Who Are You With?" is another definition for WUW.
Definition:Who Are You With?
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of WUW in Sentences

Here is an example of WUW being used in conversation:
  • Ali: Are you there?
  • Terri: I was just going to sleep. WUW?
  • Ali: Do you fancy a video chat?
  • Terri: Depends. WUW?
  • Ali: Nothing.
  • Terri: WUW?
  • Ali: I'm all alone.
  • Terri: See you on FaceTime.
  • (Here, WUW means "What Do You Want?", "What Are You Wearing?" and "Who Are You With?".)

An Academic Look at WUW

WUW plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question). However, even when used as a question, it is commonly seen without a question mark. It can be written "WUW?" or "WUW".

Example of WUW Used in a Text

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