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Online Gaming Slang

In multiplayer games, every second counts. Messaging shorthand is a critical tool for communicating with other players during gameplay. Below is a list of slang terms used in online gaming that will help you communicate faster and, most importantly, avoid being a n00b.

You can also view specific terminology used in World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Dota 2, StarCraft II, Call of Duty, and Minecraft.

Slang Term Meaning Popularity
AFKAway from keyboard
ATMAt the moment
BBIABBe back in a bit
BBLBe back later
dlDownload
FUBARFouled up beyond all recognition
GGGood game
GJGood job
GLGood luck
IDKI don't know
l8rLater
LOLLaughing out loud
NPNo problem
OMGOh my gosh
RPGRole-playing game
RTFMRead the flippin' manual
TTYLTalk to you later
TYThank you
W8Wait
WTFWhat the f***
YWhy
YWYou're welcome
secSecond
FTWFor the win
PKPlayer kill
MMOMassively multiplayer online
pwnTo dominate
NoobNewbie
GLHFGood luck have fun
PCPersonal computer
TwitchVideo game streaming website
vsVersus
Beast modeDominating gameplay
WhoaExpression of surprise
FailFailure
LANLocal Area Network
ughDisgusted
GamerA video game player
BSTSBetter safe than sorry
G2GGotta go
GMGood match
HFHave fun
TriggeredAngry
OICOh, I see
OOCOut of character
eSportsElectronic sports
SOSSave our souls
Mid gameMiddle phase of a game
TYVMThank you very much
WBWelcome back
IAPIn-app purchase
OwnedEmbarrassed
d/lDownload
ulUpload
BossMain bad character
OTPOn the phone
VRVirtual reality
HPHealth points
MOBAMultiplayer online battle arena
pwn3dOwned
OSTOriginal soundtrack
TISNFThat is so not fair
IRLIn real life
WAMWait a minute
PSPPlayStation Portable
n00bA new or inexperienced user
MMORPGMassively multiplayer online role-playing game
pwndOwned
FPSFirst-person shooter
KKOK
WASWait a second
ltrLater
MMOGMassively Multiplayer Online Game
nxtNext
NCNice call
MTMistype
Early gameBeginning phase of a game
ZOMGOh my gosh!
HOTSHeroes of the Storm
YTYour turn
LFMLooking for more
GlitchingMalfunctioning video game
Take my energyGood luck
MobMobile video game character
GTGGood to go
opOverpowered
comboCombination
WoWWorld of Warcraft
dmgDamage
RTSReal-time strategy
555Laughing
sc2StarCraft 2
LMSOLaughing my socks off
RNGRandom number generator
rdyReady
LootTreasure
ExpExperience
bioBathroom
TorchTo beat someone in competition
DittoSame
WPWell played
CGComputer Graphics
TeemoThe swift scout
WCSStarCraft II World Championship Series
GrieferAn irritating player
d/cDisconnected
MobMinecraft creature
D3Diablo 3
gniteGoodnight
HOMMHeroes of Might and Magic
PSPlayStation
POWPrisoner of war
MinionGame creature
modModification
Late gameLater stages of a game
TCGTrading card game
tdTouchdown
RaidRaid group
WhewExpression of relief
WoahExpression of surprise
TrollingPosting offensive comments
charCharacter
ssMiss
BMBad manner
ptsPoints
GosuHighly skilled
topTop lane
UberThe best
Last hittingStriking the final hit on a creep
dlcDownloadable content
GTAGrand Theft Auto
KekeKorean laugh
SWTORStar Wars: The Old Republic
LARPLive action role-playing
NESNintendo Entertainment System
ROMEmulator game
SNESSuper Nintendo Entertainment System
PS3PlayStation 3
PS2PlayStation 2
NDSNintendo DS
N64Nintendo 64
procProgrammed random occurrence
CreepA basic unit
BRHBe right here
MLGMajor League Gaming
CasualGame that requires little skill
FlamerA person who angers other Internet users
InitiatorA DOTA hero that starts a team fight
GALGet a life
GMGood move
D&DDungeons and Dragons
NTNice try
POSPiece of s***
POVPoint of view
RPRole play
RWReal world
SOBSon of a b****
YRGYou are good
GGLGood game loser
KMAKiss my a**
CYOACover your own a**
UYUp yours
OMDOh my darn!
RLReal life
OAROn a roll
FTFor trade
w00tJoy and excitement
DKDon't know
MOPMists of Pandaria
ESLElectronic Sports League
IEMIntel Extreme Masters
KappaSarcasm
NSNo s***
NotchMinecraft creator
modModerator
ModderA person who creates mods
RMAHReal money auction house
1337Leet
YMYour mom
WCWater closet
strStrength
TFBToo freakin' bad
TMNTTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
TurtleA gamer who plays defensively
BAMFBad a** mother f*****
GL2UGood luck to you
TiltedAggravated
HaxTo encounter bad luck
WTCWhat the crap
aspdAttack speed
WDWell done
PeelingProtecting a champion
POCPiece of crap
DireThe dark faction in Defense of the Ancients 2
CGClose game
TLDRToo long, didn't read
GhostingObserving an enemy player
BRBathroom
MMMake me
WOOTWe own the other team
FTLFor the loss
HOFHall of fame
nubNewbie
TQVMThank you very much
GSLGlobal StarCraft League
WTBWant to buy
WTSWant to sell
iddIndeed
2EZToo easy
BKBack
PAYGPay as you go
FGSQTCFor gosh's sake quit the crap
NSNice shot
FFAFree for all
HSHead shot
JerryBaby slime
HANHow about now?
GSGood shot
weiWhatever idiot
MUDMulti-User Dimension
MooshroomMinecraft mob
Vanilla MinecraftOriginal Minecraft
G2GPGot to go pee
NHNice hand
L2PLearn to play
2M2HToo much to handle
BASORBreathing a sigh of relief
ClutchAbility to perform under pressure
LFLooking for
MulliganTo replace a card
DFLDead freaking last
agiAgility
TopdeckTo draw from your deck
TTGTime to go
LethalLethal damage
ploxPlease
Never luckyNo luck while playing a game
WLWhatta loser
SBTSorry 'bout that
YRLYou are lame
BoTBastion of Twilight
No-damage runTo beat a game without receiving any damage
Kill yourselfGo away
FTEWFor the epic win
CODCall of Duty
PVPPlayer versus player
PVCPlayer versus computer
OBOut-of-bounds
EAElectronic Arts
LF1MLooking for one more
DPSDamage per second
BabysitTo assist a champion in getting more powerful
aggroAggression
PeelTo protect a champion
CarriesMOBA players that carry their team
wspWhisper
FlamingAngering other Internet users
mobMonster
Base raceSimultaneous attacks on enemy bases
dcDisconnect
DOTDamage over time
SpeedrunnerA gamer who plays through a video game as fast as possible
JukingUsing items in the environment and moving around to escape
midMiddle lane
MOABMassive Ornary Air Blimp
HPHit points
invInvite
LFGLooking for group
LOSLine of sight
lvlLevel
Tower divingAttacking an opposing player under his tower
e1Everyone
NPCNon-player character
PUGPick up group
ZoningConstraining enemy positions
WOTLKWrath of the Lich King
AOEArea of effect
APMActions per minute
DGADon't go anywhere
GGAGood game all
cataCataclysm
bgBattleground
nooblordUltimate newbie
critCritical Strike
gratzCongratulations
gratsCongratulations
LOTVLegacy of the Void
MOTDMessage of the day
IGNIn-game name
haxHacks
ventVentrilo
StickySticky hand grenade used in the Halo series
xpExperience
TPTBThe powers that be
WTWhat the
NJNice job
BUFBig ugly fellow
imbaImbalanced
NerfWeaken
dcedDisconnected
truTrue
CreeperHostile mob
DeceDecent
BBOLBe back on later
ITRWIn the real world
CowMinecraft mob
WHUWarcraft Hunters Union
LoLLeague of Legends
G4IGo for it
KIAKilled in action
pwnedOwned
pickPickaxe
FarmTo gather supplies
newbNewbie
HMPHardcore Multiplayer
BiomeMinecraft region
sfxSpecial effects
PigA Minecraft mob
HLHalf-Life
VUVisual upgrade
tehThe
BO5Best of five
U mad broAre you mad?
suxSucks
CRPGComputer role-playing game
ModdingModifying gameplay
BuffStrengthen
PS4PlayStation 4
AceSolo winner
AD&DAdvanced Dungeons and Dragons
ammoAmmunition
LCSLeague Championship Series
RektWrecked
roxRocks
roxorzRocks
WTFFWhat the f***ing f***
Board controlTo dominate the game board
RushTo quickly attack and cause damage
MMRMatch-making rating
RPCRole play chat
S2USame to you
ScrubLoser
T4TThanks for trade
tardRetard
MTGMagic: The Gathering
TF2Team Fortress 2
Card advantagePossessing more cards than another player
Aggro deckAggressive card deck
Boss runA series of bosses in a row
WipeTotal death
One and doneSingle elimination tournament
specSpecialization
vfxVisual effects
ShelledBeaten badly
AAAHigh quality video game
RQReal quick
WCGWorld Cyber Games
ChippingAttacking a blocking opponent
WhaWhat
HackTo make changes
GamergateControversy about sexism in video game culture
JRPGJapanese role-playing game
SpammerA person who continuously holds down the trigger button
CamperA player who doesn't move
No-hit runTo beat a game without getting hit by an enemy
HUDHeads up display
TANSTAFLThere ain't no such thing as a free lunch
BossAwesome person
FacepalmTo place your palm on your face in embarrassment
UninstallQuit
PBPersonal best
ownageCompletely owned
NVENot very effective
TurtlingPlaying defensively
xblXbox Live
ARTSAction real-time strategy
gmGrandmaster
MicroUnit micromanagement skill
MacroEconomy management skill
laneMOBA map path
EloElo rating system
FarmingEarning experience and items
BottomBottom lane
GankingLaunching a surprise attack
ChampionLeague of Legends player-controlled character
SupportChampion who plays on the bottom lane
EnchanterA champion that helps increase the effectiveness of allies
DisruptorA champion that locks down opponents
SquishyLow base health or defense
NukeAn ability that deals a lot of damage
BurstCombination of attacks in a short span of time
tpTeleport
CarryMOBA player role
Scratch damageDamage delivered to a blocking opponent
COCClash of Clans
Fountain divingAttacking an opposing player in his fountain
aghsAghanim's Scepter
fragPlayer kill
DenyingKilling your own creeps to prevent your enemy from killing them
RadiantThe light faction in Defense of the Ancients 2
DivingVenturing far into enemy territory
HONHeroes of Newerth
DOTADefense of the Ancients
Christmas noobA player playing a video game he received on Christmas for the first time
BallerCool person
BeastAwesome person
CCGCollectible card game
PUBGPlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
GL HFGood luck have fun
dqDisqualify
FFFinal Fantasy
grrAnger
pfrPreflop raise
BBBig blind
Chip damageDamage inflicted on a blocking opponent
AIArtificial intelligence
HuckleberryThe one you're looking for
KekKorean laugh
GogoGo now
L4DLeft for Dead
L4D2Left for Dead 2
LarpingLive action role-playing
GBAGameboy Advance
LaningStaying in a lane
WSOPWorld Series of Poker
WPTWorld Poker Tour
PTLPlayer to left
DONDouble or nothing
SNGSit 'n go
STTSingle table tournament
blizzBlizzard
noobletYoung newbie
nukeNuclear missile
KOTORKnights of the Old Republic
BoomstickDoom shotgun
TwinkPowerful low-level character
TwinkingLeveling up with assistance
LeechFreeloader
NCNot cool
GJPGood job partner
^5High five
TFTwisted Fate
TKATotally Kick A**
ADAttack damage
qqnLooking
shmupShoot 'em up
HOASHeck of a shot
HYEHave you ever
b/rBathroom
TJITry joining in
GSGilvaSunner
incIncoming
intIntellect
LFWLooking for work
QFirst champion ability
SPSpell power
hp5Health per five seconds
BCBurning Crusade
HTHi there
AHAuction house
APAttack power
arpArmor penetration
dalDalaran
deDisenchant
FPFlight point
GBGuild bank
ASAttack speed
ezpzEasy peasy
KDAKills deaths assists
reReplay
AFAggression factor
VPIPVoluntary put in pot
WRWin ratio
NPNice play
SHShort handed
NLNo limit
SSShort stacked
ADAMAll draft all mid
AIAll in
ultUltimate ability
HEHold'em
bb/100Big bets per 100 hands
VNHVery nice hand
RakePoker site commission
hi5High five
KekWoW Orcish laugh
botBottom lane
GrindingPlaying long hours
LarperLive action role-player
lulzLOL
SBSmall blind
InstalockInstantly choose character
horribadHorribly bad
UTGUnder the gun
pfPreflop
PTRPlayer to right
epmEffective actions per minute
SpeedlingZergling with Metabolic Boost
DIAFDie in a fire
MuleAlternate character for storage

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