What Does WWWY Mean in a Text?

WWWY means "What's Wrong With You?". Like most acronyms and abbreviations used in text-speak, it is likely to have originated from earlier forms of text use, where messages were limited in length and/or charged by the word. By condensing the phrase in this way, users are able to quickly convey their meaning. WWWY can be used to express concern for a friend, or to show disbelief and criticism of another's actions.

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When I write WWWY, I mean this:

meaning of WWWY

The image shows a man expressing surprise at another's action by asking "What's wrong with you?".

Summary of Key Points

"What's Wrong With You?" is the most common definition for WWWY on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:What's Wrong With You?
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of WWWY in Sentences

Here are examples of WWWY being used in conversations:
  • Tony: You can't drive after five beers, WWWY?!
  • Jordan: You're right. I'll leave the car.
  • Tony: You haven't seemed right all day. WWWY?
  • Jordan: Sorry, I'm just not feeling well.

An Academic Look at WWWY

WWWY is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dublyu Dublyu Dublyu Wy), but as this is harder to say than "What's wrong with you" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation WWWY is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "what's up" or "what's wrong" instead of WWWY.

Example of WWWY Used in a Text

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