What Does NTD Mean in a Text?

NTD means "Nothing to Do" and "Need to Drop." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Nothing to Do

The abbreviation NTD is often used in text messaging with the meaning "Nothing to Do," to indicate that the sender is bored or to deny any involvement in something. For example:
  • NTD. Want to play some FIFA?
  • The fact that those people attacked the Capitol has NTD with me encouraging them to do it.

Need to Drop

NTD is also used with the meaning "Need to Drop." In this context, it is used in conference calls to indicate that a participant has to leave the call early. For example:
  • Sorry, NTD. The FBI are at the door.
  • I have to leave early this afternoon, so will NTD by 3.30 pm.

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When I write NTD, I mean this:

meaning of NTD

"Nothing to Do"

Summary of Key Points for First Definition

"Nothing to Do" is the most common definition for NTD on TikTok, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Nothing to Do
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Summary of Key Points for Second Definition

"Need to Drop" is a common definition for NTD in conference calls on apps such as Teams.
Definition:Need to Drop
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user


An Academic Look at NTD

NTD is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Enn Tee Dee").

Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words (e.g., GOAT, NATO).

Example of NTD Used in a Text

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