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Slang Explained: What Does WYA Mean in a Text?

James, a close buddy of mine who asks me great relationship questions said, “Ryan, what does WYA mean in a text? I got it from a girl that I was talking to and I have no idea what it’s suppose to mean!” Well, great question, James! When you’re confused, you’re going to need the WYA meaning!

And, realistically, you’re not the only one that’s confused on what this means, exactly!

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What does WYA mean in a text? WYA Meaning Explained!

WYA stands for, “Where ya at?” It’s like someone saying, “What are you up to?” It’s definitely a slang abbreviation that’s used more so in casual situations rather than in the workplace.

In general, the text is asking you about your current location. Like saying, “Where are you?” In addition, it could be an alternative to saying, “What’s up!?” or “What’s good!?” Which is inquiring about what you’re currently involved in.

Other meanings of WYA

  • Where you at?
  • Where ya at?
  • What ya about?

Examples of using WYA in a text

—Examples of using WYA in a text

Example one

  • Sam: John, WYA! I’m looking for you.
  • Ian: Over here by the juke box, just look to your left, I see you.

Example two

  • Brian: WYA?
  • Erin: I’m at my sisters right now, where are you?

See also: Funny responses to “How are you?”

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Responses to WYA

—WYA meaning: responses you can learn from!

Basic responses

  1. No no no, where are YOU at?
  2. I’m at [insert your location], where are you?
  3. NO! WYA!?
  4. Out and about, what about you?
  5. Just chilling, what are you up to?

Related: ONG meaning by text

Funny responses

  1. If I told you, then you’d come stalk me.
  2. I’m at your house right now, where are you?
  3. Staring at you through the window, where are you at?
  4. Looking at you right now—don’t you see me?

Snapchat/social media

  1. We’re getting coffee, where are you at?
  2. What’s up!? How are you?
  3. Thanks for messaging me—what’s up with you?
  4. I’m around, where are you at?
  5. CHILLEN! What about u?

Q&A — WYA meaning

—Questions and answers about the meaning of WYA

Does it mean the same thing on Snapchat or TikTok?

Yes, WYA means the same thing via text message that it means on most social media platforms. This includes Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and more.

Does it mean the same thing on Instagram?

Yes, WYA means the same thing on Instagram as it does if you were to get the message from someone over text. They’re asking, “Where are you at?”


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About the author

Ryan Sanderson (LCSW) Ryan is a game and relationship enthusiast who enjoys all things quizzes, games, fun, love, relationships, and family. He's a licensed social worker and helps families, couples, and children in need. He's spoken about love and relationships on Salon.com, Forbes, and Mirror, to name a few.

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