What Does PHU Mean?

PHU means "Potential Hook Up." PHU is used to suggest a face-to-face meeting. While PHU is used on dating sites, it is not exclusively used for dating. The meeting proposed by "PHU" can be anything from enjoying a coffee to full-blown sex. (So, be careful how you use it.)

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When I write PHU, I mean this: meaning of PHU A 'potential hook up' is a suggestion to meet.

Summary of Key Points

"Potential Hook Up" is the most common definition for PHU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Potential Hook Up
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of PHU in Sentences

Here are examples of PHU being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I've been working hard all day. PHU tonight?
  • Jordan: Yep, up for that! Pub 7pm.
  • Tony: Phwarrr, I really fancy you. PHU?
  • Jordan: Get lost!

An Academic Look at PHU

PHU is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Pee Aitch Yu), but as this is harder to say than "Potential Hook Up," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation PHU is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

During the CB era of the '80s, the term "eyeball eyeball" was used instead of PHU.

Example of PHU Used in a Text


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