What Does WILCO Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

WILCO means "Will Comply."

More Observations...

The abbreviation WILCO is used to show you have understood a request or an order and will comply with the instructions. WILCO is a shortened version of "Roger, Wilco", which took its rise from military communications in World War 2. "Roger" was the US military word for the letter R, which was used to say "received". WILCO is also the name of an American alternative rock band, based in Chicago. Some of the tracks from their "Sky Blue Sky" album were used in advertisements around 2007 for VW cars.

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When I write WILCO, I mean this:

meaning of WILCO

WILCO means you will comply with an order.

Summary of Key Points

"Will Comply" is, by far, the most common meaning for WILCO when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Will Comply
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of WILCO in Sentences

Here are examples of WILCO in conversations:
  • Martin: You need to make sure everything in the shop is correctly priced.
  • Lynne: Ok. WILCO.
  • Nick: All staff have to wear black trousers, including you.
  • Ivan: WILCO.

An Academic Look at WILCO

WILCO is a syllabic abbreviation, which is an abbreviation formed from the initial syllables of multiple words (here, Will and Comply). Another example of a syllabic abbreviation is Interpol (from International Police). WILCO can also be used as an exclamation, where it is not part of a longer sentence (e.g., the response to "Be there at 8pm" could be "WILCO").

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Will do" instead of WILCO.

Example of WILCO Used in a Text

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