What Does L8 Mean?

L8 means "Late." This term uses the sound of the number 8 to replace the last three letters of the word, i.e., it uses the sound "ate." L8 is a quick way to let someone know you are not running on time.

L8 can also be used to describe something that happened near to the end a period of time, e.g., "they won the game with a late goal," letting the reader know that the goal was scored close to the end of the game.

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When I write L8, I mean this: meaning of L8 L8 means late.

Summary of Key Points

"Late" is the most common definition for L8 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Cyber Term
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


Examples of L8 in Sentences

Here are examples of L8 being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I got held up at work, will be 5 minutes L8.
  • Jordan: Donít worry, Iím stuck in traffic so wonít be there on time either.
  • Tony: Why are you always L8?
  • Jordan: Sorry, I couldnít find my car keys this time!

An Academic Look at L8

L8 is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Many cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write words, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices this efficiency is less important.

However, cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

L8 is typically used as an adjective (i.e., a describing word). For example:
  • She was L8 to the class.
  • (Here, the adjective L8 modifies the noun class .)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "late" instead of L8.

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of L8 Used in a Text


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