What Does H8R Mean in a Text?

H8R means "Hater." H8R is a term to describe a person who is overly negative towards, or critical of, something. Often, a H8R has a biased dislike towards something due to envy or because it's too mainstream.

H8R uses the number 8 to replace the "ATE" sound. Therefore:
  • "H" + "8" + R = Hater
Of interest, terms with numbers such as H8R, M8 (Mate), and GR8 (Great) gave rise to terms featuring a "9" instead of the "8" to suggest more. For example:
  • H9 (To really hate, i.e., a stronger sentiment than H8)
  • M9 (Best mate, i.e., better than M8)
  • GR9 (Really great, i.e., better than GR8)

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When I write H8R, I mean this:

meaning of H8R

A hater likes to voice their opinions and be a devil's advocate.

Summary of Key Points

"Hater" is the most common definition for H8R on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Guessability:guessability level 1

1: Easy to guess

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Adults and Teenagers

Examples of H8R in Sentences

Here are examples of H8R being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I wish you'd stop wearing those skinny jeans. I have the same pair and they look better on you.
  • Jordan: Oh, don't be such a H8R, Karen.
  • Tony: You shouldn't be dating so many guys, Gretchen.
  • Jordan: What do you know? You're just a man H8R.

An Academic Look at H8R

H8R is most commonly used as a noun (from the verb "to hate").

Of note, H8R is not an abbreviation or an acronym but is classified as an "internet slang term" by our team as it employs both letters and numbers. Initially, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "Slang terms" differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

Using Numbers in Texts

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

Example of H8R Used in a Text

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