What Does ZZZ Mean?

ZZZ means "Sleeping or Bored." The letters ZZZ represent snoring. They are typically used in response to someone telling you a boring fact or story (i.e., it suggests they are sending you to sleep).

ZZZ has been used by comic artists since at least 1918 to represent snoring, but the reasons for using ZZZ are unclear. It is thought that the Zs are meant to represent the sound of a saw cutting through a log, which is often described as sounding like snoring.

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When I write ZZZ, I mean this: meaning of ZZZ ZZZ is an onomatopoeic word that represents snoring.

Summary of Key Points

"Sleeping or Bored" is the most common definition for ZZZ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Sleeping or Bored
Type:Cyber Term
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


Examples of ZZZ in Sentences

Here are examples of ZZZ being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Did you know that Bordeaux has the largest public square in the world?
  • Jordan: ZZZ.
  • Tony: So, you pay 20% corporation tax and 7% personal tax on any dividends.
  • Jordan: ZZZ.

An Academic Look at ZZZ

ZZZ is an example of onomatopoeia, which is the use of words which imitate the sound they describe.

Example of ZZZ Used in a Text


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