What Does DD Stand For?

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DD is an acronym used on social networks and in text and email communications. It has several meanings, and the correct one can only be determined by how it is used. 

Most Popular Meaning of DD

Most often, DD stands for "dear daughter" or "darling daughter," a form of digital affection and identification used by a parent of the daughter in question.

  • "My DD should be back from the Cayman Islands next week."
  • "DD and I are going for brunch this weekend."

Similar family acronyms include DS (dear son), LO (little one), DW (dear wife) and DH (dear husband). Other relationship acronyms include BF (boyfriend), GF (girlfriend) and BFF (best friends forever).

Alternate Meanings for DD

There are other accepted meanings for the acronym. One alternate meaning is "designated driver," the person who doesn't drink when out with friends or family and who drives everyone home safely.

  • "Sure, I'll be the DD tonight if you'll do it next week."
  • "You can't be the DD. You've already had too much to drink."

Less often, you may see DD used to mean "Due Diligence" or to refer to a woman's chest size.

When to Use DD

DD, like most internet acronyms, is fine to use in casual personal texts and messages between family and friends. However, it is better to avoid using any internet acronyms in professional communications for the sake of clarity.

Some of the internet acronyms have spilled over into our spoken language. You may hear a mother refer to her daughter as her DD in a conversation or a teen refer to her BFF. These acronyms have joined the common crossover terms OMG (oh my god) and LOL (laughing out loud) in the English language.​


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