What Does PNP Mean in a Text?

PNP means "Party and Play" and "Plug and Play." Here is more information about each of these definitions, with examples of use.

Party and Play

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PNP is typically used on dating sites and in adult chat rooms with the meaning "Party and Play" (or "Party 'n' Play"). In this context, it refers to having sex while high on drugs (i.e., sex and drugs, without the rock 'n' roll). For example:

  • "PM me if you're up for PNP."

PNP is particularly popular amongst gay and bisexual men. The drug typically used is methamphetamine. However, MDMA, cocaine, GHB, and ketamine are also popular. In Europe, "party and play" is widely referred to as "chemsex."

Check out our lists of drugs-related and dating terms.

Plug and Play

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In the technical realm, PNP stands for "Plug and Play." In this context, it refers to technology designed for automatic recognition and configuration by a computer system when connected, eliminating the need for manual setup. This concept allows devices like USB drives, printers, and other peripherals to be easily connected to and used with a computer without requiring additional software installation or complex configuration processes. This means the user can simply connect the device ("plug" it in) and use it ("play" with it). For example:

  • "You don't need to download a driver for these headphones. They're PNP. Plug them in and you'll be good to go."

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When I write PNP, I mean this:

meaning of PNP

PNP also means "Plug and Play."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of PNP

"Party and Play" is the most common definition for PNP on dating sites, as well as on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Party and Play
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for PNP

"Plug and Play" is another widely used definition for PNP.
Definition:Plug and Play
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at PNP

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PNP is an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced one letter at a time. Other examples of initialisms are AI ("Artificial Intelligence") and EW ("Electronic Warfare"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words (e.g., GOAT ("Greatest Of All Time"), NATO ("North Atlantic Treaty Organization").

Example of PNP Used in a Text

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