What Does RU Mean in a Text?

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

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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 by our team as an "internet slang term" as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "Slang terms" differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

Example of RU Used in a Text

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