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What Does ILY Mean?

By Elisha Baba


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You’re texting with a friend when they use the term ILY, and you aren’t sure what to make of it. ILY is an acronym commonly used in text conversations and online platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.

What Does ILY Mean?

ILY Definition & Meaning

ILY is an acronym for the words “I love you,” and it is usually used as a term of endearment or as a thank you. While the words I love you are traditionally romantic, ILY is a more platonic use and can be used between friends who aren’t romantically involved.

Among the younger generation, ILY can be used synonymously with a thank you or as a form of praise.

How to use ILY

  • “ILY so much, you’re the best thing that has ever happened to me!”
  • “This video is so funny! ILY!”
  • “ILY and your dog!”
  • “You did it? ILY!”
  • ILY can be used anytime you want to tell someone you love them or enjoy spending time with them.

Using ILY the right way

ILY is an easy slang term to use, as you can use it to replace the words I love you. It is important to note, however, that before saying it to someone, you should clarify they won’t take it the wrong way. Let them know that when you say ILY, you mean it in a platonic or thankful way rather than romantically.

If you use it romantically, then ensure you notify the recipient of that as well, so your feelings don’t get lost in a miscommunication.

ILY Variations

The three main variations of ILY are “ILYSM,” “ILU,” and “IFLY.” “ILYSM” is an acronym for “I love you so much,” while “ILU” is slang for the ILY acronym. “IFLY” is an acronym for “I f*** love you,” and while commonly used platonically, is considered inappropriate.

Should you worry about your child using ILY?

ILY is usually considered a harmless texting term, however, if you notice your child is using it, you may want to check who they are saying ILY to. Ensure whoever they are talking to is someone age-appropriate for them and is someone they know in real life.