What Does LGTM Mean in a Text?

LGTM means "Looks Good To Me." The abbreviation LGTM is typically used after proofreading someone else's work (e.g., an official email or an essay). LGTM is offered as an assurance, but it is not meant as a full endorsement. LGTM carries a connotation along the lines of "I'm no expert, but it seems okay" or "It seems okay after a cursory look."

LGTM is a caveated endorsement. It is similar to the following definitions:

Image for LGTM

When I write LGTM, I mean this:

meaning of LGTM

"It looks good to me." (The image shows a pilot giving a thumbs up after his pre-flight checks. Let's hope he's shown more diligence than most people who use LGTM.)

Summary of Key Points

"Looks Good to Me" is the most common definition for LGTM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Looks Good to Me
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Example of LGTM in a Sentence

Here is an example of LGTM being used in a sentence:
  • Tony: Do you think that email is safe to send?
  • Jordan: LGTM.

An Academic Look at LGTM

LGTM is nearly always used as a standalone declarative sentence meaning "It looks good to me."

Of note, LGTM is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., El Gee Tee Em). Of note, initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have written something like "Your work seems okay to me" instead of LGTM.

Example of LGTM Used in a Text


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