What Does WYD Mean in a Text?

WYD means "What You Doing?". It is one of many ways to ask what somebody is currently doing. The term is most typically found on instant messaging services such as WhatsApp, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat.

There are many other abbreviations to ask what someone is doing: Any use of these abbreviations on dating apps is typically considered to be a form of small talk. Most of the time, terms like WYD are used among friends to find out if someone has some free time.

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When I write WYD, I mean this:

meaning of WYD

[WYD means "What are you doing?"]

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of WYD in Sentences

Here are examples of WYD being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I'm gonna drive past your house later.
  • Jordan: Why? WYD?
  • Tony: WYD later?
  • Jordan: Nothing. Do you want to grab a bite to eat?

An Academic Look at WYD

WYD is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dublyu Why Dee), but as this is harder to say than "What you doing?" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation WYD is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

WYD is an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question) and should technically end in a question mark (though this isn't always the case).

Example of WYD Used in a Text

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