What Does the Phrase 'DS' Stand For?

You may run across this acronym in text messages or online forums

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DS is part of the internet slang that developed for use on forums, social networks, email and text messages.

Meanings of DS

DS commonly stands for dear son or darling son. It is an affectionate term used by parents when communicating with others about their son. Examples include:

  • My DS is coming into town this week.
  • My DS just got a new bike, and he is so happy.
  • DS and I are headed out to the game now.

DS has also been used to mean dear sister in online conversations, but much less often than dear son. In this case, the context and the sender may indicate the correct meaning.

Other Acronym Meanings

Similar family acronyms include:

Other common relationship acronyms are:

When to Use Internet Acronyms

DS, like other acronyms, is fine to use in personal texts and casual messages between family and friends. Stay away from using the acronyms in professional communications of any kind for the sake of clarity.

Some acronyms have spilled over into our spoken language. You may hear a teen mention her BFF or a mother refer to her daughter as her DD in a conversation. These acronyms and others have joined LOL (laughing out loud) and OMG (oh my god) in the spoken language. DS is not commonly heard in spoken language.