What does YW mean? “YW” is a common internet acronym that is widely used by just about everyone. It’s casual and quick, but it is probably not a choice you would want to use in a formal setting. In other words, don’t use it towards your boss, unless they have used shorthand or text talk with you first.
What Does YW Mean?
“YW” is shorthand for “you’re welcome“.
This texting abbreviation is most often said in response to someone saying thank you or “ty” to you for something you said or did. It is your way of showing gratitude for the person’s gratitude if that makes sense. Similar ways of saying “yw” are “uw”, “urw” and “urwelcome.” There is also “yvw”, which is “you’re very welcome”; In certain scenarios, such as forums or gaming, you might see “ywa”, “you’re welcome anyway” or “ywaa”, “you’re welcome as always”. Despite these variations, “yw” is the most commonly used or seen.
Similar internet slang words
- “TY”: T – Thank, Y- You
- “UW”: U- You’re or you are, W- Welcome
- “URW”: UR – You’re or you are, W – Welcome
- “urwelcome”: You are welcome or you’re welcome
- “YVW”: Y – You’re or you are, V – Very, W – Welcome
- “YWA”: Y – You’re or you are, W – Welcome, A – Anyway
- “YWAA”: Y – You’re or you are, W – Welcome, A – As, A – Always
“Yw” can also have other meanings, such as “yeah, whatever”. You would use this response when someone says something and you want to respond with sarcasm. It can also mean “you whitey”, which could mean a few different things. The first is to make fun of a white person for being clumsy. It could also be a racist remark meant to be offensive. Or, it could refer to something that is predominately associated with whites.
“Yw”, lowercase could also stand for “young woman”, which would be apparent by reading the surrounding words for context and is probably going to be a rare use of the acronym. “YW”, capital letters, stands for “Young Women”, which is a nonprofit organization of The Church of Latter-day Saints.
The origin of “yw” is through the popularity of texting and instant messaging. It started appearing in the late 1990s and early 2000s in text messages, chat rooms, and instant messaging and been around ever since.
Here are some examples of how “YW” might be used in messages:
- Texter 1: Ty for lunch. My treat next time.
- Texter 2: Yw. That sounds great. Tomorrow, 11?
- Texter 1: Sounds great. See you then.
Example 2 with “UW” (U- You’re or you are, W- Welcome)
- Teenager 1: Thanx for the jam.
- Teenager 2: uw check this one
Example 3 with “URW” ( UR – You’re or you are, W – Welcome)
- Person 1: That trick helped fix my computer. Thanks.
- Person 2: urw glad it worked
Example 4 with “YVW” (Y – You’re or you are, V – Very, W – Welcome)
- Kid: You packed my fav lunch. Thanx. You’re the best.
- Mom: yvw. I love you. And yeah, I know.
Example 5 with “YWAA” (Y – You’re or you are, W – Welcome, A – As, A – Always)
- Husband: Do you know where I left my keys? They’re not in my truck?
- Wife: On the counter in the kitchen.
- Husband: Oh. Didn’t look there. Thanks, babe.
- Wife: ywaa
Example 6 with “YWA” (Y – You’re or you are, W – Welcome, A – Anyway)
- Person 1: I’ve got tickets to that new movie. Tonite 9. Wanna go?
- Person 1: I’ve already got plans but thanks for the offer.
- Person 2: That’s disappointing. Maybe another time. ywa
- Speaker 1: I didn’t mean to cheat. I swear it will never happen again.
- Speaker 2: yw
- Speaker 1: I mean it. Please forgive me.
- Speaker 2: This number has been disconnected. Goodbye.
In this example, “yw” would mean “yeah, whatever”.
- Speaker 1: How you gonna run into the door yw fr
- Speaker 2: Man I was looking at my phone don’t play
In this conversation, “yw” is meaning you, whitey. “Fr” means for real.
YW Meaning Infographic
Other Ways to Say YW
- At your service.
- By all means.
- Mention it.
- My pleasure.
- It is/was nothing.
- It’s alright.
- Don’t mention it.
- You’re very/truly welcome.
- Don’t worry about it.
- Forget it.
- Glad to have helped.
- Glad to help.
- No problem.
- No worries.
- Happy to serve you.
- That’s absolutely fine.
- Anything for you/the team
- Of course.
- Oh anytime.
- Anything to make you happy/smile
- Oh, it was the least I could do.
- Thank you for giving me a chance to do this.
- I am very pleased!
- I’m happy to help you.
- That’s OK.
- Think nothing of it.
- It is/was my pleasure.
- It’s my duty.
- It’s my pleasure to help you.
- It’s okay.
- Never mention.
- No big deal.
- Not a problem.
- Not at all.
- Sure thing.
- You got it.
- That’s all right!
- With pleasure.