What Does KWAM Mean in a Text?

KWAM means "Know What I Mean?".

The abbreviation KWAM is used with the meaning "Know What I Mean?" to seek confirmation that a point has been understood.

KWAM means exactly the same as the abbreviation KWIM. The letter "A" replaces the letter "I" as in some accents (particularly in parts of the UK) "Know What I Mean?" is actually pronounced as "Know What A Mean?"

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When I write KWAM, I mean this:

meaning of KWAM

KWAM is used to confirm that a point has been understood.

Summary of Key Points

"Know What I Mean?" is the most common definition for KWAM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Know What I Mean?
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of KWAM in Sentences

Here are examples of KWAM being used in conversations:
  • Ollie: Minecraft is rubbish. KWAM?
  • Clive: I know what you mean, but I don't agree with you.
  • Carrie: Why were you late this morning?
  • Gill: The bus didn't turn up, so I had to wait another hour. KWAM?
  • Carrie: Yes, I do. You mean you had too much to drink last night and couldn't get out of bed this morning!

An Academic Look at KWAM

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Kay Dublyoo Ay Em"), KWAM is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

KWAM plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question) but, in text-based messaging, it is commonly seen without a question mark. It can be written "KWAM?" or "KWAM".

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Do you get what I mean?" instead of using KWAM.

Example of KWAM Used in a Text

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