Definition of YOLO in English:


  • You only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future, and often used as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behaviour)

    ‘I just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food. But YOLO, right?’
    [as modifier] ‘the YOLO mentality has swept young adult generations’
    • ‘Just sit back and enjoy life and plus u only live once (Yolo).’
    • ‘Despite the cries of YOLO across the internet, you don't only get one chance in life to do what you want.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to shout 'YOLO' at him, but remember I'm not 14.’
    • ‘I love it and I hate myself for loving it, but isn't that the definition of YOLO?’
    • ‘Perhaps you plan to shout YOLO while jumping into something in the future.’


1980s: acronym.