One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A private message sent on social media, especially Twitter.‘send them a quick DM and ask for their email address’
- ‘DMs are seen only by you and are not visible other than in your account.’
- ‘For privacy, send a DM to this person.’
- ‘Your DMs will not appear in the public timeline.’
- ‘When working in the website, you might miss receiving a DM.’
- ‘Keep in mind that there will be a delay between DMs.’
verbDM'd, DMing[with object]informal
Send (someone) a private message on social media, especially Twitter.‘you can't DM a user who doesn't follow you’with two objects ‘the band will DM you a link to download the song’
- ‘Clicking on a tweet to reply or DM will automatically activate that account.’
- ‘We DM'd a few times, then we tried something we called Twitter Tennis—an open-to-anyone exchange of ideas.’
- ‘In the following, I present a few examples of a real person DM'ing me, as well as a spammer.’
- ‘She DM'd back right away.’
- ‘He's been caught DM'ing with women other than his wife.’
Early 21st century: abbreviation of direct message, from the Direct Message feature of the social media application Twitter.
(in a role-playing game) a Dungeon Master.‘it was the DM's job to make the stories and quests interesting’
verbDM'd, DMing[no object]Gaming
Organize and oversee a role-playing game, especially Dungeons & Dragons, in particular by narrating the details of the story that are not controlled by the players.‘he DMed while I played as a solo warrior’with object ‘I'm lined up to DM a Dungeons & Dragons session’
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