What Does CUL Mean?

CUL means "See You Later." The meaning of the abbreviation CUL can be taken literally to mean that you will be meeting that person face-to-face sometime soon, but it is just as often used to indicate that someone will be in touch again soon, either by telephone, email or text message.

Sometimes the abbreviation CUL is also used at the end of a conversation, whether or not the sender expects to meet with or even contact the recipient again soon.

Of note, CUL is sometimes translated as "Catch You Later" but "See You Later" is the more common definition.

Summary of Key Points

"See You Later" is the most common definition for CUL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:See You Later
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Image for CUL

When I write CUL, I mean this:

meaning of CUL
"See you later"


Examples of CUL in Sentences

Here are examples of CUL being used in conversations:
  • Niall: I'm off to bed.
  • Simon: OK, dude, CUL.
  • Jo: I'll ring you tonight CUL.
  • Sam: Speak later.
  • (Here, CUL is not about seeing someone later. It is just being used as a sign-off.)

An Academic Look at CUL

CUL is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., See Yoo Ell), but as this is harder to say than "See You Later" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation CUL is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

The abbreviation CUL is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "See you later”. CUL is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "See you later" instead of using the abbreviation CUL.

Example of CUL Used in a Text


See Also

CU (see you) CUIAB (see you in a bit) CUL8ER (see you later) CUL8R (see you later) CULA (see you later, alligator) SUL (see you later) SYA (see you) SYL (see you later) SYLA (see you later alligator) CYL8R (see you later) LATA (see you later) LATERS (see you later) LATERS (see you later) LATERZ (see you later) SYRS (see you real soon) SYWISY (see you when I see you) WSUL (will see you later) HLV (hasta la vista)