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Origin of ILY
Words nearby ILY
BEHIND THE WORD
What does ILY mean?
ILY stands for I love you. It is used in digital communication (online) as an earnest or playful declaration of affection.
ILY is also associated with an American Sign Language sign for I love you.
How is ILY pronounced?[ ahy-el-wahy ]
What are other forms of ILY?
What are some other words related to ILY?
Where does ILY come from?
The phrase I love you, in one form or another, is as old as the English language itself. ILY, the acronym, on the other hand, is a bit more recent.
In American Sign Language, the ILY hand sign for I love you combines the signs for letters I, L, and Y in American Sign Language. It is represented in emoji form as the I love you hand sign: 🤟.
ILY is also common in textspeak, or the abbreviations, acronyms, and slang used on cell phones and the internet. ILY appeared online by the 1990s.
How is ILY used in real life?
ILY in American Sign Language can express a range of positive feelings—love chief among them, of course.
Jimmy Carter memorably used the ILY sign during his Inauguration Day parade in 1977. The Marvel superhero, Doctor Strange, uses the gesture to cast spells.
Sometimes the ILY sign is confused with the sign of the horns gesture (🤘), as associated with rock music.
Online and in text messages, people use ILY as a shorthand way to express a variety of affectionate and loving emotions.
imy and ily all so much 😭💖 pic.twitter.com/BXoFG7vEQm
— cedrıc (@cpaculan_) February 23, 2020
How to use ILY in a sentence
We say "prim-arily" and "tem-porarily;" most (or at any rate many) Americans say "primar-ily" and "temporar-ily."America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
You know you sing a little bit, Ily; you took music-lessons nearly two years in Logansport.Options|O. Henry
Lippincott's Magazine this month is heartily welcome,—we should say, Bret Harte-ily welcome.
"There, 'Emily did it,' and didn't do it all," I said to myself.
He will never be ashamed of his sister, I think, and never say 'Emily did it,' even if she turns preacher.