What Does 4U Mean in a Text?

4U means "For You." The number 4 is widely used as a replacement for "four" or "for" across all communication platforms. It has also been embraced commercially with companies such as "Phones 4U" incorporating the practice in their logo.

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When I write 4U, I mean this:

meaning of 4U

Here's a gift, just 4U.

Summary of Key Points

"For You" is the most common definition for 4U on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:For You
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of 4U in Sentences

Here are examples of 4U being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Would you do that for me?
  • Meatloaf: I would do anything 4U, but I won't do that.
  • Harry: I got hit on the head with a can of soda.
  • Tim: Lucky 4U it was a soft drink.

An Academic Look at 4U

4U is defined as an "internet slang term" by our team because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most "slang terms" were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write a word or phrase, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, "slang terms" are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. "Slang 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 "For You" instead of 4U.

Using Numbers in Texts

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

Example of 4U Used in a Text

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