Definition of textspeak in English:

textspeak

noun

mass noun
  • Language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc.

    ‘I never ever abbreviate (i.e. write in textspeak), but cabinet ministers and heads of industry do’
    ‘perhaps U2 should call themselves You Two/Too to avoid promoting textspeak among the youth’
    • ‘Perhaps U2 should call themselves You Two/Too to avoid promoting textspeak among the youth, and The Killers could morph into The Upstanding Pillars Of The Community?’
    • ‘The report told schools to make it clear that text-speak was "not appropriate for public examinations" and pupils would lose marks if the quality of written communications is poor.’
    • ‘Naturally, M. I.A. has a blog too, one so laden with textspeak, random capitalization and daring spelling experiments - "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrap" - that it feels like a parody.’
    • ‘I vehemently opose smileys, textspeak and chatroom acronyms’
    • ‘With Textspeak, a whole new variety of the English language has grown up in a mere five years.’
    • ‘Moves are afoot to include some mobile phone textspeak in the official dictionary of the game beloved by generations.’
    • ‘Self-effacing men are also more likely to get a reply to their approaches, while nothing puts potential dates off more than textspeak like "ur" and "luv".’
    • ‘I just think it's crass to abbreviate in that manner, writing in text-speak like some 15-year-old going out on a Friday night.’
    • ‘The same message sent in that hideous text-speak would have been more than a little unsettling.’
    • ‘Myself, I never ever abbreviate (i.e. write in textspeak), but cabinet ministers and heads of industry do.’

Pronunciation

textspeak

/ˈtɛkstspiːk/