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Definition for DW (2 of 2)
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does DW mean?
DW can stand for everything from devil worshipper to Doctor Who, but on the internet, it’s usually short for don’t worry.
DW is also a much-memed character from the Arthur children’s stories and TV show.
Where does DW come from?
As with many other internet acronyms, it’s hard to pin down exactly when DW emerges as short for don’t worry, but it’s likely in the 1990s with the rise of internet forums and text-messaging.
Don’t worry is a fairly common stock phrase in the English language. Given its relative commonness, it’s easy to imagine why digital communicators wanted to save time and space with a DW shorthand.
The character DW from the children’s 1990s–2000s series Arthur also deserves a mention. Short for Dora Winifred, DW is the title aardvark’s overly dramatic but loving younger sister. She often revels in getting her brother in trouble. Perhaps it is her expressive personality that has made her character such prolific meme fodder in the 2000s.
How is DW used in real life?
Wherever you may use the versatile don’t worry in speech or writing, you can use DW to convey the same meaning.
my sister when she got in an accident yesterday w my baby cousins on the four wheeler… dw they’re fine now, sorta pic.twitter.com/2WlEkiJLzR
— Carla Sanchez (@carlasanchezh) January 22, 2019
It’s considered informal, though, and doesn’t have as widespread recognition as other internet acronyms such as OMG.
It can be issued as a genuine way to allay concerns.
I’m sorry I’m still here dw x
— Alex (@AH_XCIII) October 2, 2018
It can also be used more ironically, a way to say “stay out of my business.”
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for DW
In 2011, the rapper-turned-self parody debuted his first collection, Dw Kanye West.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture|Amy Zimmerman|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
DW: Missouri, mostly, with 18 months between ages 15 and 17 spent a mile or three into Kansas.
At any rate, by the time DW Griffith made that movie, chicken was definitely not something that poor people saw a lot of.
So I'm not criticizing her, and I'm certainly not defending DW Griffith's execrable opinions.
And he labeled his collection “DW by Kanye West,” seemingly a tribute to his late mother, Donda.
The strains du/dx, dv/dy, dw/dz are therefore stretches parallel to the axes.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
If any reader has access to the remainder of this work, whether whole or partial, kindly notify: DW.The Bible: what it is|Charles Bradlaugh
I have been able to obtain the chant and words of this ceremonial, called the Dw-me-chim-che, from one who has taken part in it.Contribution to Passamaquoddy Folk-Lore|J. Walter Fewkes
If now the temperature be altered without expansion, no external work is done and dW for that case is zero.Lord Kelvin|Andrew Gray