What Does IAU Mean in a Text?

IAU means "I Adore You." The abbreviation IAU is used to express intense feelings of love and respect. It can be argued that IAU expresses stronger feelings than ILY (I Love You), as adoration suggests overwhelming feelings of infatuation and devotion. However, someone can find a kitten adorable (in the sense of cute), but that doesn't necessarily mean they love it. Nowadays, both "love" and "adore" tend to be used freely to span every emotion from extreme passion to superficial interest.

"I Adore You" can also be abbreviated as IAY.

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When I write IAU, I mean this:

meaning of IAU

IAU is commonly used to express intense feelings of love and devotion.

Summary of Key Points

"I Adore You" is the most common definition for IAU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Adore You
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of IAU in Sentences

Here are examples of IAU being used in conversations:
  • Rachel: I've just bought some biscuits for our tea break.
  • Nettie: You star! IAU.
  • Tom: Occasionally, a true friend gives his paw not his hand.
  • Becky: You know IAU, but that sounds like you love the dog more than me.

An Academic Look at IAU

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Aye Yoo"), IAU 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, we might have just said "I Adore You" or something like "I Love You" instead of using IAU.

Example of IAU Used in a Text


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