What Does GTW Mean in a Text?

GTW means "Got To Work." The abbreviation GTW is typically used to end a conversation. GTW implies that the sender is very busy and does not have time for further chat. GTW can also be used to indicate that the sender cannot attend an event, as they will be working.

GTW can also be used with the meaning "Get To Work. In this context, GTW can be considered an order to stop chatting and to start or continue with a task.

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When I write GTW, I mean this:

meaning of GTW

Sometimes you have just GTW.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of GTW in Sentences

Here are examples of GTW being used in conversations:
  • Roy: Look at this programme on breakfast TV.
  • Sharon: GTW. I'll watch it on catch up later.
  • Roger: Do you want to go out for a beer?
  • Chris: I'd love to, but I've GTW.

An Academic Look at GTW

GTW is an abbreviation of the phrase "(I have) got to work." As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Gee Tee Dblyoo"), GTW is classified as an initialism abbreviation.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like "Got To Work" instead of using the abbreviation GTW.

Example of GTW Used in a Text

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