What Does IHU Mean in a Text?

IHU means "I Hate You."

The abbreviation IHU is typically used with the meaning "I Hate You" to express feelings of intense dislike. However, IHU can also be used ironically. In such cases it is often used in response to someone’s good fortune, expressing good-natured jealousy rather than actual dislike. For example:
  • Angry Parent: You are grounded for the whole of this week!
  • Angry Teenager: IHU! You're not my real dad!
  • (Here, IHU expresses genuine (though, hopefully temporary) dislike.)
  • Lucky Lucy: I won 1000 bucks on a scratch card!
  • Jealous Jon: IHU! That's the third time this year! I never win anything.
  • (Here, IHU expresses good-natured jealousy.)
"I Hate You" can also be abbreviated as IHY and IH8U.

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When I write IHU, I mean this:

meaning of IHU

IHU doesn't always have to be so hurtful.

Summary of Key Points

"I Hate You (see also IHY)" is the most common definition for IHU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Hate You (see also IHY)
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IHU in Sentences

Here are examples of IHU being used in conversations:
  • Sam: I've been offered a promotion.
  • Jeremy: Congratulation! But, IHU!
  • Ryan: I don't engage in mental combat with the unarmed.
  • Morris: IHU. You think you're so smart, but you're an idiot.

An Academic Look at IHU

The abbreviation IHU is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). In other words, it is not normally used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "You're Horrible" or even just "I Hate You" instead of using IHU.

Example of IHU Used in a Text

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