What Does ANS Mean in a Text?

ANS means "Answer." ANS is a contraction which is typically used in text speak to mean "Answer."

ANS is also an abbreviation for "Autonomic Nervous System," which is the part of the nervous system responsible for control of the bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes.

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When I write ANS, I mean this:

meaning of ANS

"Me Miss! I know the answer."

Summary of Key Points

"Answer" is the most common definition for ANS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ANS in Sentences

Here are examples of ANS being used in conversations and jokes:
  • Aaron: Beer is not the ANS. Beer is the question. "Yes" is the ANS.
  • Will: I wonder what the lottery numbers are this week.
  • Louis: If I had the ANS, I certainly wouldn't tell you!

An Academic Look at ANS

ANS is a contraction of "Answer." Some contractions, like ANS, use the opening letters of the fully expanded version. Other contractions, like Dr ("Doctor"), use letters from the start and end of the fully expanded version. Contractions can also be formed by replacing a letter(s) with an apostrophe (e.g., can't).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Answer" instead of using the abbreviation ANS.

Example of ANS Used in a Text

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