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Updated on May 28, 2017
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Melanie was born and raised in southern Michigan. She is now a chemistry major in the Honors College at Purdue Northwest.

What Does LMAO Mean?

Quick answer: "Laughing my ass off."

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Longer answer:

LMAO is one of many common words used in text messaging, instant messaging, chatting, and on Facebook and Twitter. At one time or another, you've probably seen this Internet slang. Did you wonder what it meant? Did you know it could have more than one meaning?

LMAO is an acronym that stands for Laughing My Ass Off. Many people say (or text) this acronym when they find something particularly funny. Sometimes, when a person finds something extremely funny, they say LMFAO. LMFAO is almost identical in meaning but has the "F" word added to it to create: Laughing My F**king A** Off. This one, however, is considered to be vulgar and is probably NSFW (not safe for work).

How to Laugh Online

Other ways to express your appreciation of online humor and let them know you're tickled include...

  • LOL (laughing out loud),
  • LOLZ (more than one laugh),
  • ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing),
  • LQTM (laughing quietly to myself),
  • LSMH (laughing & shaking my head),
  • LMHO (laughing my head off),
  • HAHA (this one goes without saying),
  • or just insert a :D or a laughing-so-hard-I-cry emoji.

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Alternative Meanings: What Else Could LMAO Stand For?

LMAO has a number of different meanings, but it is most often used to tell a person that something is funny. Because of this, many people are unaware of or do not use the alternative meanings.

If you use LMAO to mean any of the following, make sure that your audience is aware of your alternative meaning to avoid confusion (and the possibility of offense). While some of them can be hilariously funny, you have to make sure that your friends know what they mean.

  • Laughing my arms (or ankles) off.
  • Lick me all over!
  • Leave me alone, okay?
  • Let's meet (or last man) at the office.
  • Let's make an oath/offer.

Common Text Terms, Internet Abbreviations, & Chat Acronyms

As a matter of fact
As far as I know
BC (B/C)
Best friends forever
Be right back
Back to topic
By the way
See you (or cover your a**)
Do it yourself
End of discussion
For what it's worth
For your eyes only
I don't know
In my (honest/humble) opinion
In real life
Just kidding
Laugh out loud
noob (n00b)
None of your business
No problem
Oh my god
Off topic
On the other hand
Read the (effing) manual
Thanks in advance
Too much information
Talk to you later
What the f***
Down low
At the moment
Thank you
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Netspeak vs. Leetspeak

Words such as LOL (meaning laugh out loud), LMAO, and LMFAO make up what is called netspeak, also sometimes called chatspeak. A large number of people on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter use these acronyms and abbreviations, but many were used before these websites even existed.

Netspeak is also related to leetspeak, a language developed by hackers which allowed them to slip past email filters. Leetspeak works by substituting letters with numbers or different letters that are similar in appearance. For example, the letter "E" would be replaced with the number "3." Spelling may also be slightly altered in some words. In fact, the term "leet" in the very name of the language is often written as 1337. Leetspeak became popular and is no longer used solely by hackers. While leetspeak did gain popularity, it still isn't a huge part of social networking sites like Facebook. It is mostly used by online gamers, programmers (most hackers are programmers), forum posters, and hackers.

Examples of Leetspeak

ski11z = skills
1337 = leet
haxxor = hacker
n00b = noob, newbie (this means a newcomer and is usually meant as an insult)

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      Maners 9 days ago

      FTS & STFU most commonly used ;)

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      John Robinson 4 weeks ago

      LSMFT= On the bottom of a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes it stands for. Loose Straps Make Flappy T*ts. :) lol

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      AphsTeenJordynX 8 weeks ago

      WTF means "Well That's Fantasic" LMAO

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      Sammy 6 months ago

      I though cya is short for see ya or seeyou again

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      Dyshonda 6 months ago

      I thought CYA meant "Cover your A$#"!! Now I know it means something different.

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      Iceplant 7 months ago

      I also learned one from my son. Idk - I don't know!!

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      Aee Zod Baloxh 10 months ago

      WTf means Welcome To Facebok :D

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      Vicky 14 months ago

      Now I know what LMAO means. Thanks to this hub.

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      Hakim 24 months ago

      Xxx meaning

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      TTGReviews 2 years ago

      HAHA I was laughing my arms off reading this... I mean wtf (why the face).

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      It's fitting that this title made me LMAO

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      LisaKeating 2 years ago

      Interesting hub. As an older adult, I know and use a few acronyms. However, my children advise me to use as few as possible since sometimes I use them wrong. There's nothing worse that an old person trying to sound cool. Or hip. Or mod or groovy. W/E.

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      Kept private 2 years ago from Northeast United States

      Great hub :) When in doubt.... write it out :) Not trying to keep up with all the texting abbreviations, but it is still very an interesting topic. Have a great week and thank you for taking the time to write this hub.

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      Jemuel 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      LOL - lots of learning. I finally figured out what LMAO means. Thank you for making this hub.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Haha. Thanks for breaking it down. fun read.

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      idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

      Hahahaha I really thought that "JK" is shortened for "joke". LOL

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      Lena Kovadlo 3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Interesting hub. I didn't know there were other meanings/uses of the LMAO acronym. When it comes to acronyms some people take them literally. For example: if someone uses ROFL some people think that that person is actually rolling on the floor laughing... when it's not actually the case...

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      Joe 4 years ago

      When a girl says I'm going to bed gnight! ABC! What is ABC mean

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      Alega 4 years ago

      thank you for your explanation, i always wondering the meaning of LOL and lMAO anytime i find them in my massages. But now im ok with them

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      farrukh 4 years ago

      What a great HUB to make great acronyms discussion .... either you make your own abbreviation or follow the generally accepted... LMAO will be considered Laughing my A** OFF :D

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      Valerie Washington 4 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      This was actually very interesting....I was proud that I knew most of the acronyms used, so I don't feel so old!!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh my! Gosh Mel we could probably write a hub about "funny things our parents say" haha!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Interesting take.... at the redefined ENGLISH of social networking..

      nice hub

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      Melanie Shebel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      @RealHousewife - That's funny! My dad thought that lol meant "lots of love/luck." He had said "lol" to someone who was going through a tough time. Oops! :P

      @DzyMsLizzy - Haha, I'm picturing the earthquake scenario. One has to question why a person would be laughing, though. :P Unless it tickles.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very funny Mel - oh and all this time I thought WTF was "welcome to facebook" haha j/k and lmao

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL--very well done. I first got acquainted with these when my daughters got their first cell phones--these acronyms are needed when texting (or "tweeting") when you are limited in how many characters/letters can be used.

      You are perhaps familiar with the story of the person who sent a sympathy card, and signed it, "LOL." The recipient was offended, for she knew the meaning of the acronym, while the sender did not, thinking it meant "Lots of Love."

      (When I was young, it meant, "Little Old Lady!") So yes, times and meanings change.

      There is also, "ROFLMAO" which is marginally pronounceable, and has slipped into spoken language to a small extent.

      But I must pose the question, If something funny happened during an earthquake, would you not instead have, "LORF?" (Laughing on Rolling Floor)? :D

      Voted up, funny interesting and useful.

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      Melanie Shebel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      You guys are all so nice! Thank you so much for all the nice compliments, everyone! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good idea for a hub, Mel! Great reference material! Many votes and sharing!

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      perrya 4 years ago

      Just think, now we need learn the language of acronyms. LOL.

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      Michelle Taylor 4 years ago from New Jersey

      ROFLMAOWTIME! This is great. I used to feel like such a n00b because people would speak in nothing but appreviations and it was like trying to decypher an alien language, but after reading your hub I am ready for them!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Some of these acronyms are very funny! LMAO. voted up awesome!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This was hilarious Mel, ROFl I loved it!! Voted up funny, and awesome, sharing immediately!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      OMG . . .Great hub Melbel, whilst i use some of the words for internet and text messaging, i have never heard of other's and leetspeak is something else!! As a nOOb, lol to hubpages, i congratulate you on an interesting hub with lots of info!! Voting and sharing! CYA - :-)

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Totally awesome Melbel. Now I understand, even though I don't have it memorized, yet. I didn't know lol = lots of laugh, I always thought it meant lots of love. Now I know why all those girls were loling at me, duh? Just kidding a bit. Thanks for the article, which for us OG type is a real lifesaver, being laughter.



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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      GR8 hub! Now I know my ABC and LMAO. :)

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      A great Hub Mel, I knew about these but the alternate meanings are new :)

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I finally figures this out some time ago also! Great topic!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is awesome! I'm going to link it to my hub about Twitter and Facebook. Thanks so much for sharing - great topic and excellent info! Voted up and across the board! :)

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      ross670daw 4 years ago

      Hahaha, for ages I had no idea what LMAO meant, I couldn't figure it out, or LOL for that matter. Until recently I asked my son, who often sends me text messages with these and other acronyms in them, what does it actually mean. Of course, he sent a text back with "LMFAO", I was more confused, until he finally filled me in. Talk about feeling old.

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      Melanie Shebel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      It's in the article, above, Emma, in the first section. :P Thank you for your comment. :P

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      Emma 4 years ago

      What does Imao means thou

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      Laide akin 5 years ago

      Another meaning for LOL! is Lots Of Love!

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      jen 5 years ago

      thanks for the info! :)

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Clemence, sometimes it can mean that, but it is generally used to mean "laugh out loud." :)

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      clemence 5 years ago

      I thought LOL meant Lots of Love.....????

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      syko 5 years ago

      LMAo should also be LIKE MY AWKWARD OBSESSION

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      Chuck Bluestein 5 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      I think that OMG is the most overused one. ?

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      Stephen 5 years ago

      I now know the other meaning of LMAO

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      Mrsberry 5 years ago

      Lmbo laughing my butt off is used by ppl that don't want to use a$$

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Too funny! LOL. Yes, really, I'm laughing out loud. It's funny, too. There are a lot of people that DON'T know what those abbreviations mean. Fun hub!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Very funny Mel!! I didn't know how these little acronyms started - very interesting :P lmao (NOT lick me all over)

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I only thought LMAO meant laughing my a** off, I didn't know about the other meanings but given the widespread popularity of these terms, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I knew there was a reason I decided not to use these terms...Great hub!

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      Asian 5 years ago

      from the overseas just think ...how hard to know its meaning.thank you

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      Toni Mokomane 5 years ago

      You dont know how thankful i am of your help, you really made my day. Your information is highly appreciated.

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      Very funny hub....I actually knew the Laugh My A** Off bit but not the others. I especially appreciate the knowledge that LMAO can also mean Lick Me All Over....imagine saying LMAO in a romantic voice whilst wrestling with a loved one...lol

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      Tammy Frost 5 years ago from Oregon

      Yes this will help some people who don't know the meaning of LMAO!

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      crockpotcooking 5 years ago

      "ROTF LMHO"

      Rolling on the floor, laughing my head off :-)

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      Charity Squid 5 years ago

      That's funny cause I thought LMAO was some sort of a spanish term by my spanish friends who were using it on Facebook. LOL! Great Hub!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      It's really embarrassing, but I had no idea what LMAO stands for. It took me forever to figure out LOL and it was a month ago I learned xoxo. Wow, the internet is really a different world.

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      fitnesszone 5 years ago from New York

      LMAO, it sure has too many meanings :D

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      [insert name here] 5 years ago

      Finally, I understand now... I see it all the time, and never wanted to ask and look dumb (^_^)

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      teejazz 5 years ago

      wow little did i knw ani of this meanings until now.nice hub man.10x

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      addy 5 years ago

      The meaning'LICK ME ALL OVER' is perfect

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      pipes 5 years ago

      i like the lick me all over meaning better

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      gulshan 5 years ago

      thanks very much now i got the meaning of lmao

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      vero 5 years ago

      rofl means rolling on the flour laughing

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      bingogunter 5 years ago from Oxford, Mississippi

      OMG, great hub!

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      Rubz 6 years ago

      thanks for this..always wondering its meaning before...now i know it..

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      Morten Knudsen 6 years ago

      A "newbie" is a person that is new at "it" and therefore NOT an insult.

      A noob is a person that still after many years seems to be a newbie, and is always an insult.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Thank you very much. You know, at times i always come across it but never know the meaning.

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      Morgan Garcia 6 years ago from Texas

      I've only heard it referred to a "laughing my a** off" and never the other three, but it's interesting that people are using it for those terms as well!

      Thanks for the hub!

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      UrbnGeek 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Ha! a short topic extracted into a big hub! Thanks for the meaning. Well written. How did you come up with this hub's idea?

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      So that's what LMAO means! :-))

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