What Does W/ Mean?

W/ means "With." The abbreviation W/ is used to replace the word "with" in any context (e.g., "in addition to" or "along with").

Although its origin is contested, W/ has been used since the rise of the fast-food industry in the 1950s, when, as a form of shorthand to save time, waitresses replaced the words "with" and "without" with the phrases W/ and W/O when writing down food orders.

Video Summarizing W/

Here's a short video explaining the origins of W/ and W/O:

Summary of Key Points

"With" is the most common definition for W/ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write W/, I mean this:

meaning of W/
W/ means "with"


Examples of W/ in Sentences

Here are examples of W/ being used in conversations:
  • Sian: Will you take me shopping?
  • Robert: No. Go and play W/ your brother. That's basically the reason we had him.
  • Billy: Hey, you have something on your chin... no, the 3rd one down.
  • Tina: Why don't you go and swim W/ sharks?

An Academic Look at W/

W/ is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

W/ is used to replace the preposition with. For example:
  • She saw the dog W/ the ball.
  • (Here, W/ is a preposition showing the relationship between the words dog and ball.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "together with" instead of W/.

Example of W/ Used in a Text


See Also

Learn how to insert special punctuation symbols BED (To Sleep With) BWM (Bear With Me) DWTS (Dancing With The Stars) DWI (Deal With It) GLWT (Good Luck With That) GOWM (Go Out With Me) GWI (Get With It) WIV (With) WIUWY (What Is Up With You?) WIWWU (Wish I Was With You) WRT (With Regard To)