What does LMAO mean?

A common question we get is “What does LMAO stand for?”

LMAO, or L-M-A-O, pronounced [EL - EM - AE - OH] is an acronym that stands for “Laughing My Ass Off” and is used when something is really funny. Though more commonly used online, LMAO is pronounced “El Em Ay Oh” and often shortened to sound like “Luh Mao” or “El Mayo” when used in conversation.

Some people say that LMAO stands for “Laughing My Ankles Off,” “Lick Me All Over,” or “Laughing My Arms Off,” but those people are wrong. ;-)

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  • #1 written by Destany Johnson
    about 3 years ago


  • #2 written by Rawressness:P
    about 3 years ago

    LMAO! ‘lick me all over’??? Wtf?? lol

  • #3 written by ZOMBIE Unicorn
    about 3 years ago

    i thought it meant “lick my ass oliver” well thats what my grandma told me……

    • #4 written by LMAO.com
      about 3 years ago

      I hope your name is not Oliver!

      • #5 written by Alyssa
        about 3 years ago

        Hhaha Wow;)
        Thisz Isz Epic LoL.!
        I Wasx Bored And I Stumbled Upon Thisz Website And I Really Like It xD.!

      • #6 written by sheree
        about 3 years ago

        lmaoooo !!

  • #7 written by Kristen Washington
    about 3 years ago

    LMAO lick me all over

  • #8 written by brianna jones
    about 3 years ago

    it means laughing my ass off not lick me all over wtf

    • #9 written by LMAO.com
      about 3 years ago

      +5 internets to brianna. Kristen, you get nothing.

    • #10 written by y .v
      about 3 years ago

      thats soo freakin funny:)

  • #11 written by maci waters
    about 3 years ago

    This is a funny website for real I almost had a heartattack

  • #12 written by bob
    about 3 years ago

    LMAO, i say that alot even when its not funny, and there is no reason it would mean lick me all over, unlez

  • #13 written by Wtf
    about 3 years ago

    This website is POINTLESS !

  • #14 written by am*ma*zing grl!!
    about 2 years ago

    omg if you think this website sucks than your an idiot!!!!! its fuggin funny!!! lmao XD

  • #15 written by stephanie nun of ya buizness
    about 2 years ago

    lmao this website here is the buisness i am a blcc popul;ar female and thiss ishhh ryte here jus made me laph and i was in a bhadd mood lol well i hope all thiss ishhh stay funny stuff ghett old to me i always rocc the newnew thass why they call me new new lmfao…..lol

  • #21 written by Owl
    about 2 years ago

    I totally knew it!

  • #22 written by yeah
    about 1 year ago

    Well for people who really don’t know what LMAO is… and I highly doubt I will meet someone who really doesn’t… It mean’s Laugh My Ass Off. :) For all the little ones out there learning to text or chat. hahaha.

  • #23 written by theMFM
    about 1 year ago


  • #24 written by rose
    about 8 months ago

    Is it polite to use lmao?

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