What Does DOL Mean in a Text?

DOL means "Dying Of Laughter." In the same way that terms such as ALOL ("Actually Laughing Out Loud") and LLOL ("Literally LOL") have emerged to differentiate between a LOL for tone and genuine laughter, the term DOL, meaning "Dying of Laughter" has emerged.

DOL usually indicates that the writer is really laughing. However, it may also be that the writer is being sarcastic. Therefore, it is very important to understand the tone of the conversation.

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When I write DOL, I mean this:

meaning of DOL

"Dying of laughter"

Summary of Key Points

"Dying of Laughter" is the most common definition for DOL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Dying of Laughter
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of DOL in Sentences

Here are examples of DOL being used in conversations:
  • Mike: I forgot that the clocks went back and hour last night. This morning I went into work an hour early.
  • Pat: You idiot! DOL.
  • Paula: Leicester City only won the league because Manchester United were concentrating on the FA Cup.
  • Rob: Very funny. DOL

An Academic Look at DOL

DOL Is an Acronym and an Abbreviation.

Like LOL, the term DOL is both an acronym and an abbreviation. In other words, it can be pronounced like a word ("doll") or pronounced using its individual letters ("Dee Oh El"). The former makes DOL an acronym while the latter makes it an initialism abbreviation.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "very funny" instead of DOL.

Example of DOL Used in a Text

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