What Does 2U Mean?

2U means "To You." The abbreviation 2U is a cyber term used in text-based conversations to mean "To You." For example:
  • Happy birthday 2U!
  • All the best 2U.
A typical response to 2U would often be 2U2 (To You Too).

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When I write 2U, I mean this: meaning of 2U

Summary of Key Points

"To You" is the most common definition for 2U on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:To You
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


Examples of 2U in Sentences

Here are examples of 2U being used in conversations:
  • Vlad: Congratulations 2U, Don!
  • Don: 2U too, my friend. I couldn't have done it without you.
  • Kevin: Happy birthday 2U, mate!
  • Richard: Thanks mate.

An Academic Look at 2U

2U 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.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "To You" instead of using the abbreviation 2U.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of 2U Used in a Text


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