What Does L8TR Mean?

L8TR means "Later." This term uses the sound of the number 8 to replace the "ate" part of the word.

L8TR can be used to refer to a period of time not yet arrived, e.g., "See you later," and can sometimes be used to close a conversations with the addition of "s" or "z," as in "L8TRZ".

"Cyber Speak" Test

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When I write L8TR, I mean this: meaning of L8TR L8TR means later.

Summary of Key Points

"Later" is the most common definition for L8TR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Type:Cyber Term
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


Examples of L8TR in Sentences

Here are examples of L8TR being used in conversations:
  • Tim: Iíve got to work L8TR. Can you save me some dinner?
  • Karen: Yes. I will leave yours in the oven.
  • Sonia: What are you doing L8TR?
  • Steve: I'm going to the cinema.

An Academic Look at L8TR

L8TR 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 such savings are less important.

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 of words.

L8TR is typically used as an adverb of time. An adverb of time modifies a verb to describe when the verb occurs. For example:
  • Iíll see her L8TR.
  • (Here, L8TR emphasizes that the verb (to see) is occurring in the future.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "later" instead of L8TR.

Using Numbers in Texts

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

Example of L8TR Used in a Text


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