What Does ICW Mean in a Text?

ICW means "In Connection With" and "I Can't Wait."

The abbreviation ICW is most often used with the meaning "In Connection With" when making reference to the subject of a message or reason for making contact.

ICW is also used with the meaning "I Can't Wait" to express eagerness and excitement at the prospect of an event.

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When I write ICW, I mean this:

meaning of ICW

ICW usually refers to the reason for contact.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for ICW

ICW means "In Connection with." This is the most common definition for ICW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:In Connection with
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for ICW

This meaning was also noted:
Definition:I Can't Wait
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ICW in Sentences

Here are examples of ICW being used in conversations:
  • Boss: I need to talk to you.
  • Geoff: Sure. ICW?
  • (Here, ICW means "In Connection With.)
  • Brynn: You're looking happy.
  • Mick: ICW for the weekend! I'm going away with Jo.
  • (Here, ICW means "I Can't Wait.)

An Academic Look at ICW

Whether used with the meaning "In Connection With" or "I Can't Wait," ICW is an intialism abbreviation. This means that it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye See DBLYOO"). 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 said something like "With Regards To" instead of using ICW with the meaning "In Connection With."

Example of ICW Used in a Text

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