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Slang Explained: WYO Meaning in Text

WYO! Texting has become our default form of communication in the United States. Adults 45 years and older often receive more than 85 text messages per day (source and source)! Yikes! That’s a lot! When my friend Amy asked me, “Ryan, what does WYO mean in a text?” I thought, well… Good question! The WYO meaning is rather simple, actually. But it does sound a little odd when you get it in a text!

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What Does WYO Mean in a Text?

WYO means “What you on?” It’s like someone asking, “What’s up?” Or “What are you doing?” It’s a type of way of inquiring about what you’re currently involved in. Usually, someone who is texting you this wants to know what you’re up to in order to make plans for the day, week, or something else.

Alternative meanings

  • Write your own
  • World youth orchestra
  • Winnetka youth organization
  • Wyoming (abbreviation for the United States state)

More often than not, this will not be the intention behind the text message.

Examples of it in a Text — WYO Meaning in a Text!

—Examples of WYO used in a text message:

Example one

  • Jeremy: WYO?
  • Brian: Just hanging out and chilling. What are you up to?

Example two

  • Susan: I’m bored. WYO?
  • Andy: Doing nothing, do you want to get together and see what we can get into?

Responses to a WYO text

—Responses to WYO:

Funny responses to a WYO text

  1. No, no, no… WYO!?
  2. What are you ON? (dr*g reference)
  3. I’m not on anything, my dude.
  4. Ummm, huh?
  5. Yep. Nope.

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

Accurate responses to a WYO text

  1. Hanging out. What are you up to?
  2. What’s going on?
  3. Not doing anything, want to do something?
  4. Just hanging out, what’s up?
  5. What’s up!!!

See also: The meaning of “ONG” in a text

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Q&A about WYO

—Questions and answers about the WYO text message!

Can WYO be used in a sentence?

Yes. WYO can get used inside of a sentence. Usually, it’s something like the following, “I’m just hanging out here, WYO?” It’s a way of saying what they’re up to while also throwing you over a conversation starter question inside of the text message.

What are other abbreviations that are similar to “WYO?”

Other abbreviations might include:

  • WYD: Standing for What You Doing?
  • WSP: What’s up?
  • SUP: Sup. Which means what’s up.

What does it mean if I get this text from a guy?

Typically, WYO means that they want to know what you’re up to. Meaning, they’d like to make a plan with you. It’s a good way of starting a text message conversation, too. Almost like a conversation starter.

A guy might say, “What’s up?” Or “WYA” which means Where Ya At.

Does WYO mean the same thing on Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, or other social media channels?

On social media channels, abbreviations and acronyms can sometimes take on new meanings. Usually, this is triggered by hashtags and other internet campaigns.

“WYO” does mean the same thing on all social media channels as it means when receiving it in a text message. It is someone inquiring about what you’re current up to.


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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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