What Does NEI Mean in a Text?

NEI means "Not Enough Information." It is an abbreviation used to indicate that the sender wants more detail about something that has been mentioned. NEI may be used because the sender wishes to clarify a point. However, in the context of gossip, it usually means they are being nosey.

NEI basically means the same as the abbreviations NMI (Need More Info) and TLI (Too Little Info).

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When I write NEI, I mean this:

meaning of NEI

NEI is most often used in gossip.

Summary of Key Points

"Not Enough Information" is the most common definition for NEI on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Not Enough Information
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Here are examples of NEI being used in conversations:
  • Mechanic: The bill is $1569 exactly.
  • Customer: Wow! NEI. Can you give me a break down of the total?
  • Politician: Fake new! Fake news!
  • Reporter: NEI. How is it fake news, exactly?

An Academic Look at NEI

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Enn Ee Eye"), NEI is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

NEI is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not normally 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 "Tell me more" or "What else?" instead of using the abbreviation NEI.

Example of NEI Used in a Text

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