What Does HODL Mean?

HODL means "Hold On For Dear Life (Cryptocurrency Term)".

The abbreviation HODL is used with the meaning "Hold On For Dear Life" as a recommendation to an investor in cryptocurrency to maintain their investment, even if the value is dropping dramatically. HODL is also used by investors as a statement of intent.

Investors who HODL, do so in the hope or belief that the market will improve and they will make much bigger profits on their holdings in the future.

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When I write HODL, I mean this: meaning of HODL HODL: Whatever you do, don't let go!

Summary of Key Points

"Hold On For Dear Life (Cryptocurrency Term)" is the most common definition for HODL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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Examples of HODL in Sentences

Here are examples of HODL being used in conversations:
  • Charlie: Damn! The value of Bitcoin has dropped another 10%!
  • Jordan: HODL! It will recover.
  • Charlie: Bitcoin has dropped again. All the smart money is getting out. You should sell.
  • Jordan: No way! It will bounce back. I'm gonna HODL!

An Academic Look at HODL

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Aitch Oh Dee Ell"), HODL is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, the abbreviation HODL didn't exist.

Example of HODL Used in a Text


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