What does TYL stand for?

Tell you later

When you get a message that says TYL, it usually means “tell you later”. This is a way for someone to let you know they’ll give you the details you’re after, but not right now.

TYL is often used in chats about sensitive or complex issues that might be clearer if discussed in person. Sometimes, it’s simply because the person doesn’t have the answers you need yet, and they need a bit more time to find out more.

In some cases, TYL might mean “text you later”. This is common between couples who chat a lot over text. They’ll sign off with a TYL, as a way to let their other half know they’ll catch up again later on.

Example for using ‘TYL’ in a conversation

Hey, did you watch the new episode of that show we like?

No, I didn’t get a chance to. How was it?

It was really good! I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so TYL.

Oh, okay. Thanks for not spoiling it. I’ll watch it later and we can talk about it then. TYL too!