What Does WYDM Mean in a Text?

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WYDM means "What You Doing Man?," "What You Doing Mate?" and "What You Do Matters." Here is more information about each of these definitions, with examples of use.

What You Doing Man/Mate?

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WYDM is often used in text messages and online chats as a greeting and to ask someone what they are currently doing. In the US it means "What You Doing Man?" In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, it means "What You Doing Mate?" For example:

  • Cool American Dude: WYDM?
  • Cool Australian Bloke: Not much. WYDM?
  • (Here WYDM means both "What You Doing Man?" and "What You Doing Mate?")
WYDM similar in meaning and use to WAYD ("What are you doing?") and WAYDRN ("What are you doing right now?").

What You Do Matters

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WYDM is also used with the meaning "What You Do Matters." In this context, it is used widely online and in text chat as a motivational expression. For example:

  • Disillusioned Teacher: At times like this I wish I worked in an office or a shop.
  • Friend: Don't be like that. I know it's tough, but WYDM.

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When I write WYDM, I mean this:

meaning of WYDM

The definition of WYDM depends on the context.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of WYDM

"What You Doing Man/Mate?" is the most common definition for WYDM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, especially in the US. Here is some more information about WYDM:
Definition:What You Doing Man/Mate?
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of WYDM

"What You Do Matters" is another definition for WYDM.
Definition:What You Do Matters
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at WYDM

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As it is pronounced using its individual letters, WYDM is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

When used to mean "What You Doing Man?" or "What You Doing Mate?," WYDM plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question). However, even when used as a question, it is commonly seen without a question mark.

Example of WYDM Used in a Text

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