What Does W/ Mean?

W/ means "With."

The abbreviation W/ (usually typed w/) is used to replace the word "with," as in "accompanied by" or "in addition to."

Although its origin is contested, w/ has been used at least since the rise of the fast-food industry in the 1950s. As a form of shorthand to save time when writing down food orders, waiters replaced the words "with" and "without" with the abbreviations w/ and w/o .

Since that time, the use of w/ as an abbreviation of "with" has become much more widely used. For example:
  • Ali: Hey, you have something on your chin... no, the 3rd one down.
  • Sam: Why don't you go and swim w/ the sharks?
  • Robbie: Will you go for a drink w/ me?
  • Susie: Can I bring my BF w/ me?

Image for W/

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Video Summarizing W/

Here's a short video explaining the origins of w/ and w/o.

Summary of Key Points

"With" 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


An Academic Look at W/

W/ is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym.

Cyber term 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.

Grammatically, w/ is used to replace the preposition with. For example:
  • She saw the dog w/ the ball.
  • (Here, w/ is a preposition showing the relationship between the words dog and ball.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of w/ to mean "with" long pre-dates the digital era.

Example of W/ Used in a Text


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