What Does AVO Mean in a Text?

AVO is a slang term which is widely used, especially in Australia, to mean "Avocado" or "Afternoon." Also in Australia, AVO is also an abbreviation for "Apprehended Violence Order." Here is more information about each of these definitions of AVO.


In speech and texting, AVO is widely used as an abbreviation of the word "Avocado."


In texting, AVO is also sometimes used as an abbreviation of "Afternoon," (often "Good Afternoon"). For example:
  • Ray: Any idea when you'll be finished?
  • Jon: Sometime this AVO. I hope!
  • Sam: AVO mate. How're you doing?
  • Lee: AVO mate. Not so bad.
In this context, AVO is actually a further abbreviation of the term ARVO.

Apprehended Violence Order

AVO is also an abbreviation of "Apprehended Violence Order." An AVO is a court order imposed to restrict threatening, violent or anti-social behavior. (Similar to an ASBO in the UK.)

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When I write AVO, I mean this:

meaning of AVO

AVO also means "Avocado" and "Apprehended Violence Order."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of AVO

"Avocado" is a common definition for AVO, especially in Australia.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Second Definition of AVO

"Afternoon" is another common definition for ARVO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition of AVO

In Australia, AVO also means "Apprehended Violence Order."
Definition:Apprehended Violence Order
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at AVO

When used to mean "Afternoon," AVO may serve as a noun (i.e., a naming word). However, it is typically used as an adverb of time, meaning "this afternoon." An adverb of time modifies a verb to describe when the verb occurs. For example:
  • We're driving this AVO.
  • (Here, "this AVO" modifies the verb are driving.)

Example of AVO Used in a Text

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