What Does LOLQ Mean in a Text?

LOLQ means "Laugh Out Loud Quietly." LOLQ typically describes "guilty laughter" (e.g., laughing at someone falling over). LOLQ contrasts with LOL (Laugh Out Loud) and LOLN (Laugh Out Loud Not).

Even though it seems self-contradictory (i.e., an oxymoron), LOLQ really just means "laughing quietly" as LOL now just denotes laughing more than loud laughing.

Read about more derivatives of LOL.

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When I write LOLQ, I mean this:

meaning of LOLQ

LOLQ is like a snigger.

Summary of Key Points

Definition for LOLQ

LOLQ means "Laugh out Loud Quietly (see also LOQ)". This is the most common meaning for LOLQ on social-media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.
Definition:Laugh out Loud Quietly (see also LOQ)
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of LOLQ in Sentences

Here is an example of LOLQ being used in a conversation:
  • Tony: Mr Johnson just burned his fingers with the Bunsen burner. LOLQ.
  • Jordan: Don't laugh. I like him.

An Academic Look at LOLQ

Often pronounced "LOL-Que," LOLQ can be considered an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just described LOLQ as a stifled chuckle or a chortle.

The Evolution of "LOL"

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

Example of LOLQ Used in a Text

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