What does Mooning mean?

Putting a contact on do not disturb is ‘Mooning’

Have you ever heard of the term ‘Mooning’? It’s a digital-era slang term used when you set someone on “do not disturb” (DND) in your phone. This action means you won’t be notified when that person tries to reach you. This slang term is derived from the crescent moon symbol seen in iOS for the DND mode.

The term ‘Mooning’ was born around 2016, when teenagers with iPhones first started referring to the DND mode by the crescent moon icon. It’s important to note that this term has nothing to do with the other definition of ‘mooning’ that involves showing one’s backside.

Most people use the DND or ‘Mooning’ when they need some peace or need to concentrate on something. It’s especially useful when you want to silence someone who is bothering you. You still receive their calls and messages, but your phone doesn’t make a sound or vibrate.

You can ‘moon’ anyone you need a break from. It could be a nagging family member, a needy partner, or even a pesky coworker. Or maybe you just need some time away from your best friend. Remember, ‘Mooning’ is all about getting a bit of quiet time.

Example for using ‘Mooning’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see my text last night?

No, sorry. I was mooning you.

Haha, what does that mean?

It means I had you on “do not disturb” mode on my phone, so I didn’t get any notifications when you messaged me.