What does Tryna mean?

Trying to

People often use the term ‘Tryna’ as a short form of “trying to” in their online conversations and text messages. An instance of this could be a message from your buddy saying, “I’m tryna find a good movie, but no luck yet.”

Not limited to just online use, ‘Tryna’ is also a part of everyday spoken language. The term is frequently used in casual chats as it’s quicker and easier to say. For instance, at a family gathering, your cousin might tell you, “Yeah, just tryna score some points with the boss,” when asked about how work is going.

The slang ‘Tryna’ has its roots in the Black community and is part of AAVE (African American Vernacular English). The exact origin or the first use of ‘Tryna’ is not known, but it’s believed to have evolved from the spoken language within the Black community. It is a lot like the term ‘Imma’, which stands for “I’m going to”.

Example for using ‘Tryna’ in a conversation

Hey, are you tryna grab some pizza tonight?

Absolutely! I’m always tryna eat pizza πŸ•

Great! I’ll pick you up at 7. See you then!

Sounds good! Can’t wait! πŸ˜„