What Does 555 Mean in a Text?

555 means "ha ha ha" in Thai and represents laughter. However, in Chinese it means "wu wu wu" and represents crying. Read on to find out more about this potentially confusing text code.

Ha Ha Ha

555 is a Thai texting code indicating amusement.

In the Thai language, the number 5 is pronounced "ha." Therefore, the number 555 is used to express amusement (exactly like "ha ha ha" in English). Oddly, we have noticed that "555" is used to represent laughter by people who had no idea this was the origin. We'd love to know why they were using 555!

Here is an example of 555 being used in a conversation.
  • Arthit: The barman says, "we don't serve time travellers in here." A time traveler walks into a bar.
  • Aroon: 555! That's so funny!

Wu Wu Wu

555 is a Chinese texting code indicating sadness.

There is a lot of room for confusion with 555 because, in Chinese texting, it represents the Chinese words 呜呜呜, which translate as "wu wu wu." Of course, this represents crying or a sobbing sound, which has the potential to be the precise opposite of 555 in Thai. However, don't forget that it is possible to cry with laughter, and this adds to the confusion. I'm afraid you have to use the wider context of the conversation to understand whether 555 as a Chinese texting code represents something sad or something happy.

For example:
  • Chun: The barman says, "we don't serve time travellers in here." A time traveler walks into a bar.
  • Guang: 555. That's awful!
Chinese chat codes have become highly popular, not only in countries where Chinese characters are used, but also in countries with different alphabets. (Check out our page on Chinese chat codes for more.)

For more information on numbers that are used to say words, check out our page: Using Numbers To Say Words and watch this video:

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meaning of 555

555 can indicate amusement in Thai, or sorrow in Chinese.

Summary of Key Points

"Ha Ha Ha" is a common definition for 555 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, especially in Thailand.
Definition:Ha Ha Ha
Type:Numeronym (Thai)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers
The Chinese phrase 呜呜呜, which translates as "wu wu wu (sobbing sound)," is another common definition for 555.
Definition:呜呜呜 (Wu wu wu (sobbing sound))
Type:Numeronym (Chinese)
Guessability:guessability level 1

1: Easy to guess (if you understand Chinese, else virtually impossible)

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at 555

555 is a numeronym, which is an abbreviation made up of just numbers or of letters and numbers.

Numeronyms can be formed in various ways, such as:
  • Shortening a word by replacing a sequence of letters with the count of those letters (e.g., i18n for "internationalization" and a11y for "accessibility").
  • Combining letters and numbers (e.g, K9 for "canine" and W3 for "World Wide Web").
  • Using numbers to represent letters or words (e.g., 143 for "I love you," 637 for "always and forever," and 5201314 for "I will love you for a lifetime").
Numeronyms were used long before the digital era. Many of the early ones were written on the envelopes of letters between lovers. They were often a coded message between the sender and the recipient, thought to allow secret expressions of love or passion.

As it imitates a sound that occurs naturally in both Thai and Chinese, 555 is an onomatopoeic word. These are words that create a sound that mimics the thing described. There are many such words in the English language, including "achoo," "mmm," and "oof."

Example of 555 Used in a Text

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