What Does HQ Mean in a Text?

HQ means "High Quality" and "Headquarters." Here is more information about the abbreviation HQ. Examples of use can be found below.

High Quality

HQ is typically used in text-based communications to indicate that something is of "High Quality."


HQ is widely used, both in text and speech, to mean "Headquarters." In this context, HQ refers to the main center of control of an organization, business or operation.

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When I write HQ, I mean this:

meaning of HQ

HQ also means "Headquarters."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of HQ

"High Quality" is the most common definition for HQ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:High Quality
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of HQ

HQ also means "Headquarters."
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of HQ in Sentences

Here are examples of HQ being used in conversations:
  • Cherie: Is that a new dress?
  • Angela: It is, I bought it from that HQ place in town.
  • Tom: I've just bought an own-brand chicken for $1.50
  • Lewis: Really HQ then.

An Academic Look at HQ

When used with the meaning "Headquarters," the abbreviation HQ is a noun (i.e., a part of speech that denotes a person, animal, place, thing, or idea).

When used with the meaning "High Quality," HQ is an adjective (i.e., a describing word). For example:
  • The coat was made of HQ wool.
  • (Here, the adjective HQ modifies the noun wool.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "First Class" instead of using HQ to mean "High Quality."

Example of HQ Used in a Text

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