What Does NVN Mean in a Text?

NVN means "Not Very Nice." It is typically used as a polite, defensive response to an unkind remark (i.e., "that wasn't very kind of you").

NVN can also be used literally (i.e., "that's not very nice").

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When I write NVN, I mean this:

meaning of NVN

NVN means not very nice.

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of NVN in Sentences

Here is an example of NVN being used in a conversation:
  • Tony: Those stripes on your dress make you look fat.
  • Jordan: NVN
  • Tony: Sorry, I didn't mean to be rude.

An Academic Look at NVN

NVN is used as a declarative sentence with the meaning "that is not very nice."

Of note, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "En Vee En"), NVN is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "that's a little unkind" or "that's nasty" instead of NVN.

Example of NVN Used in a Text

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