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What Does WYD Mean? What it Means and How to Use the Acronym Correctly in Conversation

By Elisha Baba


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You’re texting a friend when they send WYD, and you aren’t sure what it means. WYD is an acronym often used in texting and online messaging.

What does WYD mean?

“WYD” is an acronym for the words “what (are) you doing,” and it is often used online or in texts by individuals who want to ask what the other person is doing, similar to the phrase “what’s up.” It can also be used sarcastically after someone has done something strange or bad by someone questioning their sanity.

WYD can also be used to add context to a video on the TikTok or Instagram platform. Although WYD is popular online, it isn’t very common to hear someone saying it in a social setting.

What does WYD mean?

How to use WYD

  • “You’re such an idiot, WYD?”
  • “WYD!!! That’s so dangerous!”
  • WYD can be used anytime you are asking someone what they are doing or questioning their actions.

Using WYD the right way

WYD is an easy acronym to use if you are curious about what your friend or family member is doing. If you are trying to use it sarcastically, it is a bit more difficult to use. WYD is not appropriate for formal situations and should only be used with friends or family members.

WYD Variations

There aren’t currently any known variations of WYD, though it can occasionally be spelled WUD, with the individual substituting the sound U makes for the word ‘you.’

Should you worry about your child using WYD?

WYD is usually seen as a harmless texting term, and you shouldn’t panic if you see your child using it. However, if your child is using WYD online sarcastically to harass others, it might be a good idea to talk to them about the damage online bullying can cause.