What Does 823 Mean in a Text?

823 means "Thinking Of You." The numbers represent the number of letters in each word. Other versions of this include:

381 = I love you (3 words, 8 letters, 1 meaning)
721 = Love you (7 letters, 2 words, 1 meaning)
143 = I love you (the number of letters in each word)

823 is a form of shorthand typically used in texts or instant messaging.

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When I write 823, I mean this:

meaning of 823

Thinking (8) Of (2) You (3).

Summary of Key Points

Definition for 823

823 means "Thinking of You." (823 is the number of letters in each word.) This is the most common definition for 823 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Thinking of You
(823 is the number of letters in each word.)
Type:Internet Slang Term
Guessability:guessability level 5
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of 823 in Sentences

Here is an example of 823 being used in a conversation:
  • Tony: 823, baby.
  • Jordan: I wish you were here with me.

An Academic Look at 823

823 is classified by our team as an "internet slang term" as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "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 "thinking of you" instead of 823.

Using Numbers in Texts

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

Example of 823 Used in a Text

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