What Does DS Mean in a Text?

DS means "Dear Son," "Darling Son," "Dear Sister," or "Directing Staff." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Dear Son / Darling Son / Dear Sister

The abbreviation DS is most commonly used online and in texting with the meaning "Dear Son." It is also sometimes used to mean "Darling Son," and "Dear Sister."

In this context, DS is an affectionate term used by parents when referring to their sons, by sons when referring to themselves, or by siblings when referring to their sisters. For example:
  • My DS bought me a wonderful present for my birthday.
  • Hi mom. Might your DS be allowed to stay at Jo's this weekend?
  • My DS Carol is going to be a mother again.
As with many other abbreviations, DS can also be used sarcastically or ironically:
  • Our DS thinks Saturday starts at 3 pm.
  • I never see my DS unless he needs money.

Directing Staff

On military training courses, DS is used with the meaning "Directing Staff," which is military jargon for an instructor. For example:
  • We have an OC's inspection at 0630, so the DS are coming in at 0430, to make sure everything is ready.
  • The DS's rucksacks are full of pillows.

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meaning of DS

DS can also mean "Darling Son," "Dear Sister," and "Directing Staff."

Summary of Key Points for First Definition

"Dear / Darling Son" is the most common definition for DS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Dear / Darling Son
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Second Definition

"Dear Sister" is another definition for DS.
Definition:Dear Sister
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Third Definition

DS also means "Directing Staff."
Definition:Directing Staff
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user


An Academic Look at DS

DS is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Dee Ess").

Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words (e.g., LOL, NATO).

Example of DS Used in a Text

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