What Does G8 Mean in a Text?

G8 means "Great." It is a shortened version of GR8 (Great). Of note, G8 is almost never used to mean gate (as in a garden gate).

Of interest, the term GR8 (Great) gave rise to the term GR9 (Really great) (i.e., one better than GR8), but this has not yet happened with G9, which means "Good Night."

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When I write G8, I mean this:

meaning of G8

G8 is a shortened version of GR8.

Summary of Key Points

"Great" is the most common definition for G8 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of G8 in Sentences

Here are examples of G8 being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Good morning! How is my best friend feeling today?
  • Jordan: I'm G8 darling.
  • Tony: How G8 was Iron Man last night?
  • Jordan: It was okay. I preferred Mean Girls.

An Academic Look at G8

G8 is typically used as an adjective. As it includes both a letter and number, G8 is not an acronym or an abbreviation but an "internet slang term." Originally, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texts, they are now mostly employed for fun.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "great" or "terrific" instead of G8.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of G8 Used in a Text

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