What Does LAWL Mean in a Text?

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Lawl means "Laugh Out Loud."

Lawl is a shorter form of lawls and lawlz. It is a synonym of LOL ("Laugh Out Loud"), when LOL is pronounced as a word (i.e., as "lol"). For example:
  • Sam: I snore so loudly that it scares everyone, especially when I'm driving.
  • Ali: LAWL!
  • Lee: I'm not fat. I'm just easier to see.
  • Art: LAWL!
Check out this page to learn more about LOL and its derivatives.

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When I write LAWL, I mean this:

meaning of LAWL

Lawl is a synonym of "lol."

Summary of Key Points

"Laugh Out Loud" is the most common definition for LAWL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Laugh Out Loud
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at LAWL

Lawl is a synonym (i.e., a word with the same meaning) of LOL, when LOL is spoken as a word (i.e., as "lol").

Lawl can be considered a neologism (i.e., a newly coined word or term which has emerged into everyday use). Some neologisms are formally accepted into mainstream language (at which point, they cease to be neologisms), and some wither until they can longer be considered everyday terms.

A neologism can be:
  • A completely new word (e.g., lawl).
  • A new combination of existing words (e.g., digital detox).
  • A new meaning for an existing word (e.g., sick).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "ha ha" instead of using lawl.

The Evolution of "LOL"

This video shows the evolution of the term "LOL" and the various laughing emojis:
Read more about LOL.

Example of LAWL Used in a Text

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