What Does W@ Mean?

W@ means "What." The cyber term W@ is typically used to question a comment or action by someone else, but can be used to replace the word "What" in every context (for example: "W@ the doctor ordered" or "W@ time is it?").

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When I write W@, I mean this: meaning of W@ W@ means "What."

Summary of Key Points

"What" is the most common definition for W@ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of W@ in Sentences

Here are examples of W@ being used in conversations:
  • Geoff: I bet you I could stop gambling.
  • Hanif: W@? You'd better re-think that.
  • Terry: "Excuse me, can you tell me the time? I'd check my watch but I can't take my eyes off you.".
  • Rachel: W@? That is so cheesy.

An Academic Look at W@

W@ 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.

W@ commonly plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question), but it is commonly seen without a question mark. In other words, it can be written "W@?" or "W@".

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "what?" or "pardon?" instead of W@.

Example of W@ Used in a Text


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