What Does RU Mean?

RU usually means "Are You?" The abbreviation RU is a quick way of asking "Are You?". It can be used as a standalone term, but most often it is used as part of a longer question. For example:
  • Janet: RU busy?
  • John: Not really. RU?
  • Janet: Nah.
The abbreviation RU can also mean one of the following:
  • Ru (The symbol for ruthenium)
  • .ru (The web suffix for the Russian Federation)
  • RU (Rugby Union)
  • RU (International car registration for Burundi)

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When I write RU, I mean this: meaning of RU The image shows a dog with a quizzical expression.

Summary of Key Points

"Are You?" is the most common definition for RU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Are You?
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of RU in Sentences

Here are examples of RU being used in conversations:
  • Ryan: RU leaving early?
  • Steve: Yes, I need to miss the traffic tonight.
  • Wendy: I'm the classiest person in this office.
  • Lisa: RU sure?

An Academic Look at RU

As the R in RU represents the phonetic sound of the whole word "Are," RU is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

Example of RU Used in a Text


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