What Does LYAAF Mean?

LYAAF means "Love You As A Friend." The abbreviation LYAAF is usually considered a diplomatic way of making it clear that you have no interest in a romantic relationship. It is sometimes used as a response to the abbreviation ILY and other such declarations of love.

More rarely, the abbreviation LYAAF can be used to indicate appreciation for a friend. In this context, it is more likely to be used by female friends rather than by males.

Of note, the abbreviation LYAAF can also be written as ILYAAF.

Summary of Key Points

"Love You As a Friend" is the most common definition for LYAAF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Love You As a Friend
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for LYAAF

When I write LYAAF, I mean this:

meaning of LYAAF
"Love You As A Friend"


Examples of LYAAF in Sentences

Here are examples of LYAAF being used in conversations:
  • Bill: These days I can't stop thinking of you.
  • Sally: Thanks Bill. I really LYAAF too.
  • Andrea: I think we are getting really close.
  • Simon: Thanks Andrea, but I can only LYAAF.

An Academic Look at LYAAF

LYAAF is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ell Wye Eh Eh Eff), but as this is harder to say than "Love You As A Friend" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation LYAAF is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

The abbreviation LYAAF is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement) with the meaning "Love You As A Friend." LYAAF is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I Love You As Friend" instead of using the abbreviation LYAAF.

Second Definition for LYAAF

This meaning was also noted:
Definition:Love You Always And Forever
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Example of LYAAF Used in a Text


See Also

ILYAAF (I love you as a friend) ILYAM (I love you as a mate) LYLAF (love you like a friend) ILYLAS (I love you like a sister) LULAB (love you like a brother) ILY2 (I love you too) ILUSM (I love you so much) LYM (love you more)