What Does ILYK Mean in a Text?

ILYK means "I'll Let You Know."

The abbreviation ILYK is used with the meaning "I'll Let You Know" to indicate that an answer will be provided at some point in the future. ILYK is typically used when the sender genuinely does not know the answer to a question; however, it is also often used when they would prefer not to give a direct answer (e.g., when trying to think of an excuse to decline an invitation).

ILYK has the same meaning as the abbreviations LYK (Let You Know) and WLYK (Will Let You Know).

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When I write ILYK, I mean this:

meaning of ILYK

ILYK. (But, then again, I may not.)

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILYK in Sentences

Here are examples of ILYK being used in conversations:
  • Bill: Are you coming this weekend?
  • Ray: ILYK as soon as I can.
  • Unpopular Girl: Would you like to come to dinner on Saturday?
  • Other Girl: ILYK. I'm at work at the moment and can't chat.

An Academic Look at ILYK

ILYK is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Ell Why Kay). However, it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation ILYK is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

ILYK is often used as declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). 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'll Let You Know" or something like "I'll Get Back To You" instead of using ILYK.

Example of ILYK Used in a Text

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