What LMAO Means + OMG, ROFL, BRB, AFAIK, BFF, SMH, NP, IMO, & More!

Updated on July 5, 2020
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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. This 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.)

Another acronym used with LMAO is ROFL. People often say "ROFLMAO" which is used to signify something is even more hilarious! ROFL means "rolling on the floor laughing."

What LMAO Means

Acronyms to Express Laughter Online

1. LOL (laughing out loud)
2. LOLZ (more than one laugh)
3. ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing)
4. LQTM (laughing quietly to myself)
5. LSMH (laughing & shaking my head)
6. LMHO (laughing my head off)
7. HAHA (this one goes without saying)
8. :D (laughing 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 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.

In addition, there is a phrase, ayy lmao, popular on Tumblr. It is commonly used in reference to aliens. Ayy lmao is a phrase supposedly uttered by extra-terrestrials. There is no known human meaning behind the word, only aliens know its true meaning. What does it mean to you? Let us know in the comments below!

What does LMAO mean?

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Common Text Terms, Internet Abbreviations, & Chat Acronyms

Word
Meaning
AAMOF
As a matter of fact
AFAIK
As far as I know
AFK
Away from keyboard
BC (B/C)
Because
BFF
Best friends forever
BRB
Be right back
BTT
Back to topic
BTW
By the way
CYA
See you (or cover your a**)
DIY
Do it yourself
EOD
End of discussion
FWIW
For what it's worth
FYEO (4YEO)
For your eyes only
GR8
Great
IDK
I don't know
IMO/IMHO
In my (honest/humble) opinion
IRL
In real life
JK
Just kidding
L8R
Later
LOL
Laugh out loud
noob (n00b)
Newbie/newcomer
NOYB
None of your business
NP
No problem
OMG
Oh my god
OT
Off topic
OTOH
On the other hand
RTM/RTFM
Read the (effing) manual
TIA
Thanks in advance
TMI
Too much information
TTYL
Talk to you later
WTF
What the f***
DL
Down low
ATM
At the moment
TY
Thank you
SMH
Shaking my head
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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. However, 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 it 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), and forum posters.

Examples of Leetspeak

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

Questions & Answers

  • What does bsf mean?

    "Bsf" stands for "but seriously, folks."

    Helpful 2079
  • What does lamo mean?

    LAMO is actually a common misspelling of LMAO and thus holds the same meaning.

    Helpful 1929
  • What does "nm" stand for?

    "Nm" stands for "not much."

    Helpful 1078
  • Does "FOMO" mean "Fear Of Missing Out"?

    Yes, "FOMO" stands for "Fear of Missing Out."

  • What does "ZOMG" stand for?

    It's the same as "OMG" (which means "oh my god"), it's just with more excitement.

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      Bla bla 

      3 weeks ago

      I finally know what my friends type in the group like rofl or lmao. I was so confused :D

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      Loser 

      3 weeks ago

      BPOYF: be proud of you failure.

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      Hardeep Singh @Hardeep72247179 

      3 weeks ago

      i made one myself for a great answers on twitter ie WaWa stands for "what a wonderful answer" in Hindi too(Indian official language) Wawa stands for applauding somebody's great answer or act

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      KI$$THER@INBOW 

      4 weeks ago

      LOL means laugh out loud

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      sophie 

      4 weeks ago

      gtg means got to go

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      Chloe 

      4 weeks ago

      finally, I know what does nm is

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      peachy 

      4 weeks ago from Home Sweet Home

      What does fb means?

      I thought it was facebook but no it is not.

      Any idea ?

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      Ben 

      4 weeks ago

      WTAF means what the actual f***

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      Anonymous 247 

      5 weeks ago

      IDK: I don’t know

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      Lia 

      5 weeks ago

      I finally know what all my friends in roblox are saying like jk and lmao

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      amazing swets 

      5 weeks ago

      Lmao means: love more active oats

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      Russell Wilson  

      6 weeks ago

      Yolo

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      Nicole 

      7 weeks ago

      I finally know what lmao means.I will be saying that all the time now

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      RobloxWantsYou 

      8 weeks ago

      I also came for Roblox Bcause I was getting annoyed by the abbrevs that I didn’t understand, so... I HAVE FOUND MY PURPOSE IN LIFE

    • profile image

      8 weeks ago

      we use Wayd for what are you doing

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      No name 

      8 weeks ago

      Some people say ppl instead of people.

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      Guest 

      2 months ago

      For the people wondering what html means:

      Hyper Text Markdown Language

      HTML is a programming language, not an abbreviation.

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      Sultan 

      3 months ago

      Wooooow!

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      Cassandra 

      3 months ago

      Wow I I love ❤️ this a lot

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      M.J.L 

      3 months ago

      When my friends text me sometimes I have no idea what they are saying

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      Hailejaa_illj@hotmail.com 

      3 months ago

      LoL, also means : lots of love!

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      Eva Neal 

      4 months ago

      I love abbreviations and texting and everything else. I never even knew what IMAO meant

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      Zakk Veen 

      5 months ago

      Leet stands for leet words, originally a hacker language but now more widespread. numbers and other things are subtituted for Letters to get through online filters etc. Leet is, itself turned into a leet word by changing the letters into the numbers 1337. 8u88l37_ is another example.

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      Cheryl Lee 

      8 months ago

      Thank for help me everything was awesome

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      Maple Sumpua 

      8 months ago

      Omg I used this and now I have gone crazy, I love it so much I always use it! Plus ik what people are saying now!

      I would use it every second!

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      Serena Williams 

      8 months ago

      Hi, umm I just wanted to say that everything you just wrote is so helpful with my life because I am a mom and everyday my daughter is always saying things like this and I am so glad that i found this article, it was so helpful.

    • melbel profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie 

      8 months ago from Midwest, USA

      Etc is short for "et cetera."

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      hayle 

      8 months ago

      i came here for "etc" because a lot of people say it on snapchat

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      Menu 

      9 months ago

      Guy: Gets r/whooshed

      Also guy: WhAts r/whOosh

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      Cyrus-The-Hero 

      9 months ago

      what does OMFG mean??

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      Lexi Mcnight 

      9 months ago

      I came here for “LMAO” cause I play Roblox and so many people say it

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      Melanie 

      9 months ago from Midwest, USA

      I've never heard that, but it could mean that.

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      maria 

      10 months ago

      SMH also known as "So Much Hate" right?

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      Akul 

      10 months ago

      This is just funny

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      LMAO!!!! 

      10 months ago

      LMAO: lost my actual oranges

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      Leggylina! 

      11 months ago

      All this stuff I never knew before wow tysm! *means thank you so much* although I knew most of this stuff already it really helped meh

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      Potatoes are pink 

      11 months ago

      What is HTML?

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      Bella Thorne 

      11 months ago

      This is tots celeb slang. I love this.

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      Emmy 

      11 months ago

      I came all a long looking for LMAO, surprisingly I figured out More. Really helpful, Thanks.

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      oumeida 

      11 months ago

      Love this "LMAO"

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      Anonymous 

      11 months ago

      Tbh: to be honest

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      Darby 

      12 months ago

      I found this very helpful because, as a mom, I feel that I need to know this slang to know what my children are talking about. I really appreciate this, even if my kids do not. I mean, you know how kids are, those crazy hooligans. So thank you, and have a great day.

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      Anonymous Wolf 

      12 months ago

      I think wtf should mean welcome to facebook and not what the f**k

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      Felisha Wuz Here 

      12 months ago

      What does Imo mean?

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      LOL 

      12 months ago

      LMAO = Losing My Appetizing Opera

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      yeet 

      12 months ago

      ik is not here stands for i know

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      NUNYA 

      13 months ago

      XD is a laughing face if in all caps

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      Ur mom (sorry I had to .-.) 

      13 months ago

      XD means laughing so hard you eyes ball fall out

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      Bumbum 

      13 months ago

      Amazing

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      Not gonna say 

      13 months ago

      xd or usually used at XD is used as a laughing face look at it sideways and u will see that the x is the laughing eyes and the D is the mouth

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      hi 

      13 months ago

      XD is dying from laughing the eye r X means dead the mouth is happy for D so it makes XD

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      Autumn Grace. Mcday 

      13 months ago

      Autumn.

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      Jsjsnn 

      13 months ago

      A lot of people use lmao as lamo like in a lame person

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      ThePeppermintCat 

      13 months ago

      XD means another word for Lol. It's like ur dying of laughing because of the X whick means dead., anld D meaning happy or amused. so yeah.

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      Cream 

      13 months ago

      You should add

      IGN: In Game name

      GL: good luck

      GTS: Go to school

      UAE: Useless at everything

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      Bud 

      13 months ago

      So many things go unknown

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      Dickhead 

      13 months ago

      What is DH mean?

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      dee 

      13 months ago

      helpful

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      doggy 

      13 months ago

      what does xd mean?

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      Chara 

      14 months ago

      Never known any of these before except "LOL", "OMG", "BFF" and "WTF" & "WTH". This was really helpful to me.

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      Ladar 

      14 months ago

      Ok... So... This post was surely helpful, but... The problem is that a lot of people are using "ROFL", "LMAO" and lots of other acronyms in a wrong meaning... So.... That's really sad...

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      14 months ago

      What does XD mean???

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      Rabin 

      14 months ago

      FML = F--K MY life - usually presented when one's life is being so very unlucky

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      Sum1 

      14 months ago

      Didn't now what LMAO meant until I searched for it online and this website appeared. Thanks! quq

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      AmItheOnlyRepublican? 

      15 months ago

      I went on here because my friend used LMAO in our texts so I wanted to make sure she used it right (this is the same girl that thought ‘Dutch’ was a country) and turns out...she used it completely wrong. RIP future..

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      anthony 

      15 months ago

      Its really helpful for those people didnt understand acronyms, that is mostly used in worldwide conversation.

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      Scarlet 

      15 months ago

      You forgot out over the top!

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      Your mum 

      15 months ago

      I really just wanted to know what fomo ment but thanks for all the rest anyway I guess even though I didn't need them

      LOL

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      n00bi3 

      15 months ago

      Nm means nothing much and nvm means never mind.

      Tut tut tut smh.

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      Justin 

      15 months ago

      You forgot about FAQ

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      Wewe 

      15 months ago

      I've always thought the short version of nevermind was nvm..

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      Jeff 

      16 months ago

      I lmao at the video I’m watching XD also I thought never mind was nvm not nn

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      N00b 

      16 months ago

      Me: hey Siri meet me IRL. Machine thinks: hey Siri meet me I Ariel. Siri as always: I don't think I can understand.

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      MingYang XIao 

      16 months ago

      For some reason it’s always teenagers that says lmao online. I feel it.

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      Sasha 

      16 months ago

      I always thought it meant lamo. Just me... alright

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      Ya'llMakeMeFacePalm._. 

      16 months ago

      lmao my mom thought that wtf was "welcome to facebook" ._. im dying

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      Sarah 

      16 months ago

      Thanks!

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      Hannah 

      17 months ago

      Yea everyone was saying lmao and stuff and I was always like, “doesn’t that mean Lick My Appetizing Olive?” I have no idea what they were actually talking about

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      Melissa 

      17 months ago

      Wow.

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      lonto 

      17 months ago

      gave out more than I requested

      woow

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      Anusvet 

      17 months ago

      This is no respect to women

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      FFE 

      17 months ago

      LMHO

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      FINFAN 

      17 months ago

      I want to know about the LMAO, (^-^)

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      Tracy white 

      17 months ago

      This was real helpful thanks

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      Aamirah middleton 

      17 months ago

      all my friends were saying lmao and i did not know that but i do know

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      google assistant X siri 

      17 months ago

      thx now ik what lmao and etc means thank you very much lol XD

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      Bear bear 

      17 months ago

      Like I just needed to know what LMAO means but thanks I guess now I have more very helpful

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      Jaco 

      18 months ago

      Very helpful indeed

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      Eric 

      19 months ago

      Very helpful. Got more than i requested for. Kudos.

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      Darcy 

      19 months ago

      Lol my mom texted me "WTF good job on your grades!" The other day... she didn't know wtf means "what the fu*k", not "well, that's fantastic"

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      Rolly 

      22 months ago

      Helpful, just wanted to know what lmao stands for but know I know more, thanks.

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      Hymar 

      22 months ago

      Wtf means Welcome to Facebook..

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      ii0bliviousii 

      23 months ago

      TL;DR - too long didn’t read

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      Kendra 

      24 months ago

      Wow. I just wanted to know what "lmao" ment.

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      iiWinterWarrior 

      2 years ago

      people use "bb" as in babe lmfao

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      Melanie 

      2 years ago from Midwest, USA

      You get used to them if you use them regularly.

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      kathy jones 

      2 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many of these!!! How do you remember all those???

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      This is a real thing nowadays 

      2 years ago

      Mom:hey son what does idk ly ttyl mean? Son: I don’t know love you talk to you later mom: ok I will ask your sister

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      Cakey 

      2 years ago

      IDGAF

      I don't give a f*ck

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      morv 

      2 years ago

      asap - as soon as possible

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