What Does LAU Mean in a Text?

LAU means "Laughing At You."

The abbreviation LAU is typically used with the meaning "Laughing At You" in response to a threat or to criticism. In this context, LAU indicates that the sender is not intimidated or impressed by the message that they have received.

LAU is also used as a response to a self-deprecating story that someone has shared. In this context, LAU indicates that the sender understands and appreciates the humor in the story.

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When I write LAU, I mean this:

meaning of LAU

LAU could indicate that you are not taking someone seriously.

Summary of Key Points

"Laughing At You" is the most common definition for LAU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Laughing At You
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LAU in Sentences

Here are examples of LAU being used in conversations:
  • Husband: Are you laughing at this shirt?
  • Wife: No I'm LAU because you're pulling a face.
  • Pete: You're late again. I am so angry!
  • Marie: LAU. You need to relax.

An Academic Look at LAU

LAU is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ell Ay Yoo), but it is not often spoken using its letters. The abbreviation LAU is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Laughing At You" instead of using the abbreviation LAU.

Example of LAU Used in a Text

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