What Does GWS Mean?

GWS means "Get Well Soon" and "Gulf War Syndrome." Here is more information about each of these definitions, with examples of use.

Get Well Soon

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In text messaging, on social media and in chat forums, GWS usually means "Get well soon." It is a way of wishing someone a speedy recovery from illness or injury. While typically expressing empathy, sympathy, and concern, it is also often used sarcastically or jokingly. For example:

  • Sam: Sorry, I can't make it tonight. I have a terrible cold.
  • Ali: No worries. See you next week. GWS.
  • (Here it is expressing sympathy.)
  • Lee: I've just got engaged to Jo!
  • Chris: Oh dear, never mind. GWS.
  • (Here it is being used less sincerely.)

Gulf War Syndrome

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In a more formal context, GWS can also mean "Gulf War Syndrome." This refers to a collection of unexplained, chronic symptoms that affect veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War. These symptoms include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. The exact cause remains unidentified, though exposure to chemical agents, biological weapons, and environmental hazards during service has been suggested. It represents a significant health issue for affected veterans, impacting their quality of life.

Check out the 2007 movie Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own on IMDB

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When I write GWS, I mean this:

meaning of GWS

GWS also means "Gulf War Syndrome."

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Get Well Soon" is the most common definition for GWS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Get Well Soon
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Gulf War Syndrome" is another definition for GWS.
Definition:Gulf War Syndrome
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user


An Academic Look at GWS

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Whether used with the meaning "Get Well Soon" or "Gulf War Syndrome," GWS is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced one letter at a time. Other examples of initialisms are:

  • AI - "Artificial Intelligence."
  • EW - "Electronic Warfare."
Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words. For example:
  • GOAT - "Greatest Of All Time."
  • FLINTA - "Female, Lesbian, Intersex, Non-Binary, Trans, and Agender."

Example of GWS Used in a Text

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