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.

Image for GTW

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

author logo

This page is maintained by the Cyber Definitions Editorial Team.

You might also like...

Help Us Improve Cyber Definitions

  • Do you disagree with something on this page?
  • Did you spot a typo?
  • Do you know a slang term that we've missed?
Please tell us using this form.

Share This Page

share icon

If you like Cyber Definitions (or this page in particular), please link to it or share it with others.

If you do, please tell us. It helps us a lot!

Create a QR Code

create QR code

Use our handy widget to create a QR code for this page...or any page.