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Meaning of W/O

What Does W/O Mean?

W/O means "Without". The abbreviation W/O is used to replace the word "without" in any context.

Although its origin is contested, W/O 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/ W/ and W/O when writing down food orders.

Of note, the abbreviation W/O can also mean “Work Order”. In the online gaming community “Walk Over” is used to describe an easy victory, taken from the boxing term "Walk Over". If a boxing opponent is unable to start the bout, the victor symbolically walks from his corner to his opponent's to claim a victory by what is known as a "walk over".
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Definition for W/O

W/O means "Without". This is the most common definition for W/O on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about W/O:

2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
An Image for W/O
When I write W/O, I mean this:

meaning of W/O
W/O means something or someone is absent (in this case without makeup).

Examples of W/O in Sentences

Here are examples of W/O being used in conversations:
  • Richie: If you can go to the gym W/O telling people on the Internet, you are instantly hired by the CIA.
  • Ian: I always tell people when I've been to the gym though.
  • Richie: Exactly.
  • Bernie: Are you going out tonight?
  • Barry: Yes, W/O my girlfriend too!

An Academic Look at W/O

W/O 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/O is used to replace the preposition without. For example:

  • The dog came back W/O the ball.
  • (Here, W/O is a preposition showing the relationship between the words dog and ball.)

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "without" instead of W/O.

A Text with W/O

Using W/O on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)


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