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

Melanie is a tech YouTuber who loves social media and is an expert on internet culture. She also runs a YouTube channel: The Curious Coder.


LMAO Meaning

LMAO stands for "laughing my ass off" and is used to indicate that something is funny.

Did you know there are other acronyms for laughter? There are also acronyms used in text messaging that stand for a lot of other things. Acronyms like LMAO allow people to text faster (by typing less) while conveying the same meaning.

What follows is a discussion of the meanings of many other popular acronyms, including what LMAO means.

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. Do you wonder what LMAO means? 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 that is even more hilarious! ROFL means "rolling on the floor laughing."

Do you know what LIGMA 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)

Hee hee hee!

Hee hee hee!

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.

What LMAO Means

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!

Common Text Terms, Internet Abbreviations, and Chat Acronyms



As a matter of fact


As far as I know


Away from keyboard

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


Shaking my head

This photographer is a comedic genius. Hilarious!

This photographer is a comedic genius. Hilarious!

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.)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Melanie Palen


Lucky on September 04, 2020:

OP means Over Powered

Huh on September 03, 2020:

Aote and Aotd, guess what those mean

Kavi__osmo on August 24, 2020:

Paul Beenis The term "leet" is derived from the word elite, used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming and computer hacking. The leet lexicon includes spellings of the word as 1337 or l33t.

Charollete on August 15, 2020:

TY and Yeet means?

Daniyal on August 13, 2020:

what does OP mean

Ugligorl on August 12, 2020:

Thanks lol

IloveHarryPotter on August 10, 2020:

thx 4 tes, rely h3lped me out

mary on August 07, 2020:

TBH means to be honest

TYSM means thank you soo much

TTYL means talk to you later

DW means dont worry

370H22V is a leet word meaning A**hole

No thx on July 24, 2020:

I managed to develop context easily, and did once come close to figuring it out, but never did figure out the name, so thx 4 Te h3lp m8

Nanalindantn on July 19, 2020:

What does Orb mean? Someone commented on a flower i posted on Facebook ORB

Paul Beenis on July 15, 2020:

Holy Guacamole Melanie! Fantastic article. This inspired me to try and incorporate some of these hilarious acronyms in my latest post. I am however, still confused by one little thing. What does the word "Leet" mean?

Timmy on July 10, 2020:

This actually amaze me

Bla bla on June 22, 2020:

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

Loser on June 21, 2020:

BPOYF: be proud of you failure.

Hardeep Singh @Hardeep72247179 on June 20, 2020:

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

KI$$THER@INBOW on June 12, 2020:

LOL means laugh out loud

sophie on June 11, 2020:

gtg means got to go

Chloe on June 11, 2020:

finally, I know what does nm is

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 11, 2020:

What does fb means?

I thought it was facebook but no it is not.

Any idea ?

Ben on June 10, 2020:

WTAF means what the actual f***

Anonymous 247 on June 05, 2020:

IDK: I don’t know

Lia on June 02, 2020:

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

amazing swets on June 02, 2020:

Lmao means: love more active oats

Russell Wilson on May 27, 2020:


Nicole on May 25, 2020:

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

RobloxWantsYou on May 18, 2020:

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

j on May 16, 2020:

we use Wayd for what are you doing

No name on May 15, 2020:

Some people say ppl instead of people.

Guest on May 01, 2020:

For the people wondering what html means:

Hyper Text Markdown Language

HTML is a programming language, not an abbreviation.

Sultan on April 13, 2020:


Cassandra on April 03, 2020:

Wow I I love ❤️ this a lot

M.J.L on April 01, 2020:

When my friends text me sometimes I have no idea what they are saying on March 31, 2020:

LoL, also means : lots of love!

Eva Neal on March 02, 2020:

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

Zakk Veen on January 28, 2020:

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.

Cheryl Lee on November 08, 2019:

Thank for help me everything was awesome

Maple Sumpua on November 07, 2019:

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!

Serena Williams on October 21, 2019:

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.

Melanie Palen (author) from Midwest, USA on October 19, 2019:

Etc is short for "et cetera."

hayle on October 19, 2019:

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

Menu on October 17, 2019:

Guy: Gets r/whooshed

Also guy: WhAts r/whOosh

Cyrus-The-Hero on October 11, 2019:

what does OMFG mean??

Lexi Mcnight on October 10, 2019:

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

Melanie Palen (author) from Midwest, USA on September 20, 2019:

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

maria on September 15, 2019:

SMH also known as "So Much Hate" right?

Akul on September 11, 2019:

This is just funny

LMAO!!!! on August 24, 2019:

LMAO: lost my actual oranges

Leggylina! on August 10, 2019:

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

Potatoes are pink on August 06, 2019:

What is HTML?

Bella Thorne on August 03, 2019:

This is tots celeb slang. I love this.

Emmy on August 02, 2019:

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

oumeida on July 31, 2019:

Love this "LMAO"

Anonymous on July 26, 2019:

Tbh: to be honest

Darby on July 16, 2019:

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.

Anonymous Wolf on July 01, 2019:

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

Felisha Wuz Here on June 24, 2019:

What does Imo mean?

LOL on June 21, 2019:

LMAO = Losing My Appetizing Opera

yeet on June 21, 2019:

ik is not here stands for i know

NUNYA on June 14, 2019:

XD is a laughing face if in all caps

Ur mom (sorry I had to .-.) on June 12, 2019:

XD means laughing so hard you eyes ball fall out

Bumbum on June 11, 2019:


Not gonna say on June 10, 2019:

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

hi on June 09, 2019:

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

Autumn Grace. Mcday on June 08, 2019:


Jsjsnn on June 08, 2019:

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

ThePeppermintCat on June 08, 2019:

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.

Cream on June 07, 2019:

You should add

IGN: In Game name

GL: good luck

GTS: Go to school

UAE: Useless at everything

Bud on June 06, 2019:

So many things go unknown

Dickhead on June 06, 2019:

What is DH mean?

dee on June 06, 2019:


doggy on May 27, 2019:

what does xd mean?

Chara on May 11, 2019:

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

Ladar on April 28, 2019:

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...

. on April 27, 2019:

What does XD mean???

Rabin on April 25, 2019:

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

Sum1 on April 23, 2019:

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

AmItheOnlyRepublican? on April 13, 2019:

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..

anthony on April 10, 2019:

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

Scarlet on April 05, 2019:

You forgot out over the top!

Your mum on April 04, 2019:

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


n00bi3 on April 03, 2019:

Nm means nothing much and nvm means never mind.

Tut tut tut smh.

Justin on March 28, 2019:

You forgot about FAQ

Wewe on March 25, 2019:

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

Jeff on March 03, 2019:

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

N00b on March 01, 2019:

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

MingYang XIao on February 24, 2019:

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

Sasha on February 23, 2019:

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

Puppy lover on February 23, 2019:

TYSM means thank you so much

Ya'llMakeMeFacePalm._. on February 21, 2019:

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

Sarah on February 19, 2019:


Hannah on February 18, 2019:

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

Melissa on February 15, 2019:


lonto on February 14, 2019:

gave out more than I requested


Anusvet on February 14, 2019:

This is no respect to women

FFE on February 11, 2019:


FINFAN on February 09, 2019:

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

Tracy white on February 08, 2019:

This was real helpful thanks

Aamirah middleton on February 06, 2019:

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

google assistant X siri on February 03, 2019:

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

Bear bear on January 21, 2019:

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