What Does IH8U Mean?

IH8U means "I hate you." This popular abbreviation can be used to express a sentiment, but also in a more ironic way. For example, it can be used as a response to someone’s good fortune to express jealousy rather than dislike.

IH8U uses the sound of the number 8 to replace the "ate" part of the word "hate."

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When I write IH8U, I mean this: meaning of IH8U IH8U means I hate you.

Summary of Key Points

"I Hate You" is the most common definition for IH8U on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Hate You
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


Examples of IH8U in Sentences

Here are examples of IH8U being used in conversations:
  • Sarah: You’re so lucky winning a free holiday. IH8U.
  • Joe: Sorry about that, but you have to agree that I deserve it!
  • Finn: You stole my girlfriend. IH8U. I thought you were my friend.
  • Ryan: Ha ha. Get over it.

An Academic Look at IH8U

IH8U is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Many cyber terms were created to reduce the number of key strokes needed to write words, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices this saving is less important.

Cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more intertesting or to show individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations of words.

IH8U can be used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, it is not always used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I hate you" instead of IH8U.

Example of IH8U Used in a Text


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