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Table of Content

  1. Introduction
  2. A
  3. B
  4. C
  5. D
  6. E
  7. F
  8. G
  9. H
  10. I
  11. J
  12. K
  13. L
  14. M
  15. N
  16. O
  17. P
  18. Q
  19. R
  20. S
  21. T
  22. U
  23. V
  24. W
  25. X
  26. Y
  27. Z


Have you ever struggled with understanding the many abbrevations and words used by WoW players, and people in the WoW community? I know I have. And I bet you have aswell! In the urge of understanding words and abbrevations in WoW, this wiki-page is put up so that you can easily look up whichever word you need to understand.

I have added alot of words and abbrevations already, but I can't possibly cover the many abbrevations and words used by the WoW-community on my own.
Please support this dictionary by adding words and abbrevations as you see them. However, if you are not completely sure about the explanation of words or abbrevations, rather add a comment asking others to add that word, and an explanation. Please add words in alphabetically order.



AKA - also known as
Add - refers to an unexpected mob attacking a player or a group
AoE - area of effect spell, ability or item
AFK - away from keyboard
Aggro - used when either a) a players runs in LOS (see LOS) of an untapped mob, or b) when somone in a group does too much damage or uses a taunt ability, which causes a mob to change target to them
Agi - agility
AH - auction house
AK - Ahn'kahet: Old Kingdom, an instance in Dragonblight, Northrend. Also referred to as OK
Alt - an alternative character
AN - Azjol'Nerub, an instance in Dragonblight, Northrend
AP - attack power
AQ - Ahn'Qiraj, a high-tier raid instance in Silithus, Kalimdor
ATK - attack!
AV - [1] Alterac Valley, a zone in Eastern Kingdoms [2] A level 50+ battleground in Eastern Kingdoms


BB - Booty Bay, a neutral city in southern Eastern Kingdoms
BFD - Blackfathom Deeps, an instance in Ashenvale, Kalimdor
Blizz - refers to Blizzard, the company that owns World of Warcraft.
Blue Post - means a Blizzard Employee's post on the forum. This term is mostly used on the WoW forums
BoA - bind on account
BoE - bind on equip
BoJ - badge of justice
BoP- bind on pick up
Boss - an elite mob that is very hard to kill, and usually drops items of high value
BRB - be right back
BRD - Blackrock Depths, an instance in Searing Gorge, Eastern Kingdoms
BRS - Blackrock Spire, an instance in Searing Gorge, Eastern Kingdoms
BT - Black Temple, an instance in Shadowmoon Valley, Outland
BTW - by the way
Buff - a benificial spell that gives bonuses to a player's stats
Bug - a glitch in the game, created undeliberately


Camping - waiting for a player or mob to spawn/appear/resurrect, then to kill him/her/it
Careface - a term used to express that you don't care about a specific subject at all
Caster - a player or NPC that uses spells as thier primary source of damage, and defence
CC - acronym for crowd control, the act of disabling a mob or player from casting spells, moving, attacking
CD - cooldown of a spell, item or an ability
Chinese Farmers - sometimes used offensivley towards Chinese people who farm (See 'F') ingame currency to sell for real life money
CoS - Culling of Stratholme, an instance in Caverns of Time, Tanaris, requiring WotLK to enter
Creep - mob (see mob)
Critters - An NPC that is not hostile and have very low level and stats. Can mostly be one-shotted by players/other mobs of all levels


DC - Death Coil, [1] a spell used by Warlock to fear, damage, and heal themselves [2] an ability used by a Death Knight to damage an unfriendly player or NPC or heal a friendly undead NPC
DC - disconnect
DD - direct damage
DE - disenchant/-er
Debuff - a spell that reduces a player's or mob's stats or HP (see HP)
Defence - the stat that primarily controls the reduction of damage and chance to block attack. Varies from class to class
DK - Death Knight Hero Class
DKP - The basic distribution system for loot, based on points earned for attendance and downing bosses
DM - [1] Dire Maul, an instance in Feralis, Kalimdor [2] Deadmines, an instance in West Fall, Eastern Kingdoms, also known as VC, Van Cleef
DMG - damage
DK - Death Knight
DnD - do not disturb
DOT - damage over time
DPS - damage per second
Drop - the items or money that can be picked up from a dead mob or boss
DTK - Drak'Tharon Keep, an instance in Grizzly Hills/Zul'Drak, Northrend
DW - Duskwood, a zone in Eastern Kingdoms
DW - Dual Wield


Elite - a mob with higher stats and armor
Emote - actions that players or mobs perform via slash-commands (see slash-commands). Some of these are animated, and some are not
EoH - Emblem of Heroism
EotS - Eye of the Storm, a level 60+ battleground in Outland
EoS - (See EotS)
EoV - Emblem of Valor
Exploit - deliberately using a bug


Farming - killing mobs or looking for certain items in a certain area over and over
FAQ - frequently asked questions
FFA - free for all
FFS - for fuck sake
FPS - frames per second
FTL - for the lose
FTW - for the win


G2G - (see GTG)
Game Master - a Blizzard employee that supports players in game with various things, though not leveling or the gathering of items or gold
Gank - killing another player (usually of lower level) rapidly and repeatidly
GD - [1] Gundrak, an instance in Zul'Drak, Northrend [2] Good deul
GG - good game
GL - good luck
Grief - a deliberate act to decrease the enjoyment of the game of another player
Group - a gathering of people with the same goals, and they therefore team up to achieve that
GM - game master (see game master)
Gnomer - Gnomeregan, an instance in Khaz'Modan, Eastern Kingdoms
GS - Goldshire, a town in Elwynn Forest, Eastern Kingdoms
GTG - [1] Good to go [2] got to go
Guild - has the same concept as a clan; a guild is a group of people belonging to the same community in-game


HC [insert instance] - heroic version of the said instance
HF - [1]have fun [2] Hellfire Penninsula, a zone in Outland
HP - hit points
HoL - Ulduar: Halls of Lightning, an instance in Storm Peaks, Northrend

HoS - Ulduar: Halls of Stone, an instance in Storm Peaks, Northrend
HOT - healing over time
HS - Hearthstone
Huntard - A derogatory term referring to a Hunter making things up about their class. The confusion comes from the various things exclusive to hunters, such as tameable pets, happiness and pet level.


I5SR - Inside 5 Second Rule (related to your normal mana regen while casting)
IC - instant cast (can also refer to in character in roleplaying communities)
Idd - indeed
Idk - i don't know
IF - Ironforge
IMO - in my opinion
INC - incoming
Ingame - referring to something that involves World of Warcraft. (E.G. Ingame money)
Instance - a seperate zone filled with elite mobs, and perhaps some non-elite mobs. There are also bosses in instances that rewards items of great value
Int - intellect
IRL - in real life

JC - jewelcrafter


Kite - pulling, or killing, a mob at distance by running and doing distanced damage at the mob
Kitty - name used for the Druid's cat form
KOS - kill on sight
KS - kill steal/kill stealer


Lag - the game becomes slower, and the FPS may be alot lower
Leet - aka 1337. A way of speaking and typing things, using alternative keys on the keyboard, more than just the letters in the alphabet
Leveling - gaining levels
LFG - looking for group
LFM - looking for more
LMAO - Laughing my ass off
LOL - laughing out loud
LOM - low on mana
Loot - picking up the drop (see drop) from a mob. Loot is also used as a replacement of the word drop in some cases. In groups there are several looting systems which gives everyone in the group a fair part of the drop
LOS - line of sight
Lowbie - a character of low level
LTNS - long time no see
LvL - level


Main - the character that gets the most attention from a player
Mara - Maraudon
Master Looter - this is a looting system where a chosen player loots all the drops. However, the master looter can deside that certain drops goes to certain players, and because of this, it is possible that the ML (see ML) does not loot all drops.
MC - Molten core
Melee - attacking mobs using melee attacks
MGT - Magister's Terrace
ML - masterlooter
MMO - massively multiplayer online
Mob - an NPC which is attackable. From Mobiles.
MOG - massively online game
MORG - mssively online role-playing game
MMORPG - massively multiplayer online role-playing game
Mob - a NPC hostile creature
MT - Mana Tombs
Mp5 - mana per 5; refers to your mana regen per 5 seconds
MT - mistell


Naxx - Naxxramas
Nerf - a term used when you think that some aspects of the game should be weakened (e.g "nerf DKs" = "make DKs less powerful")
Need - an option that appears when an item of Good quality or higher drops when using the "Need Before Greed" looting system. The option is either between need (which has priority before greed, and chosen by people why needs that item) or greed (less priority than need, and chosen by people why wants the item of pure greed)
Ninja - a term used when someone needs a item the do not actually need. The term is also used about people who perform this act
NVM - never mind
Noob - a person who is new to the game, or an aspect of the game (aka newbie)
NPC - non-playing computer
Nuke - to do as much damage as possible in the least time possible


OK - Old Kingdom
OMW - on my way
OO5SR - Outside Of 5 Second Rule (related to your mana regen while not casting)
OOC - out of character (a common term in RP and RPPVP realms)
OOM - out of mana
Org - Orgrimmar
Orz - is used to express that you kneel for someone. Read it from the right, and it looks like a kneeling man
OS - Obsidian Sanctum
Own - to beat someone in an aspect of the game by far


Party - (see group)
Pew Pew - It is a term used by hunters when they shoot with their gun/bow/crossbow etc.
PL - powerlevel/-ing/-er (see powerlevel/-ing/-er)
Pot - potion
Powerlevel/-ing/-er - Powerleveling is a way of playing the game, where you focus on gaining the most levels possible in the lowest time possible. Powerlevelers are the people who perform this way of playing. Powerleveling can be done by people who are good in the game, but it is also possible to order services where other people powelevel for you.
Ppl - people
PPM - Proc Per Minute. The amount of time a proc will happen per minute on average. For example, the Rune of the Fallen Crusader enchant has a PPM of 1. Which means that on average, the proc will happen once per minute, regardless of your weapon speed.
Proc - the chance a certain enhancement will apply/take action to a player or NPC. Etymology unknown.
PST - Please Send Tell
Pug - pick up group (e.g. pick up 4 random guys to clear an instance)
Pull - a term used when someone gets the aggro of a untapped mob.
PvE - player vs. environment
PvP - player vs. player


QQ - whine/cry
QFT - quoted for truth. Used when you quote a post, to say that you agree with that post; can also be used to keep the original poster honest, as some people change or delete their posts if their opinions are not popular.


Raid - The concept of a raid has the same principles as a group, except that a raid consists of several groups.
Res - (see Resurrection)
Resistance - the chance of which a player or NPC will withstand a damaging spell completely, or to a certian degree. This is determined by stats and level.
Resurrection - when you return to your body as a ghost, and then coming back to life via options in a messsage box that appears when you are close to your corpse as a ghost
Rezz - (see Resurrection)
Re-spawn - a mob that spawns again
RFC - Ragefire Chasm
RFD - Razorfen Downs
RFK - Razorfen Kraul
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - rolling on floor laughing my ass off
Round Robin - a looting system where every loot in turns
RP - role-play (can also refer to the realms with RP+PVE ruleset)
RPPVP - realms with combined RP and PVP ruleset
RR - Redridge Mountains
R/Rdy - Usually asked by a group leader to make sure everybody is ready, and that nobody isn't aware that there is a pull going on.


Scholo - Scholomance
SFK - Shadowfang Keep
SH - Sethekk Halls
Shammy - An affectionate term referring to a Shaman.
SL - Shadow Labytinth (aka Shadowlab, slab)
Shatt - Shattrath
Strat - Stratholme
SM - Scarlet Monastery, an instance in Tirisfal Glades, Eastern Kingdoms
Snare - an ability that slowes down or stops movement of the affected target
Spawn - a term used of the fact that mobs reappear
Spec - refers to a talent tree in which characters have spent most of their talent points in
Spriest - refers to a Shadow specced priest
SS - Soulstone, an item created by a Warlock to allow someone to resurrect themselves after death. Usually used on the person rezzing everyone after a wipe.
SSC - Serpentshrine Cavern
ST - Sunken Temple, an instance in Swamp of Sorrows, Eastern Kingdoms
Stationary Support Buff - Primarily refers to a shaman's totems, but can also be referring to some of the skills used by Death Knights.
Stam - stamina
Str - strength
STV - Stranglethorn Vale, a zone in Eastern Kingdoms known for its ganking
SW - Stormwind, the Human capital city in Elwynn Forest, Eastern Kingdoms


Tap - the first person to attack a hostile NPC has tapped it. This means that that person will get all loot and XP (see XP) from the mob
Taunt - the ability to gain instant aggro over a mob
TB - Thunderbluff, the tauren capital city in Mulgore, Kalimdor
Tots - Totems, a shaman's main form of buffing. See Stationary Support Buff.
TPK - A Total Party Kill. A term coming from WoW's DnD origins, meaning the death of everyone in the party. See wipe.
Twink - a character which is maximized with stats and gear for his level


UBRS - Upper Blackrock Spire, an instance in Searing Gorge, Eastern Kingdoms
UC - Undercity, the Forsaken capirtal city in Tirisfal Glade, Eastern Kingdoms
UD - Undead
UK - Utgarde Keep, an instance in Howling Fjord, Northrend
UP - Utgarde Pinnacle, an instance in Howling Fjord, Northrend


VC - VanCleef an instance in Westfall, Eastern Kingdoms, often used as a replacement for DM (Deadmines). Saying "LFG VC" is basically the same as "LFG DM"
VH - Violet Hold, an instance in Dalaran, Northrend
VoA - Vault of Archavon, an instance in Wintergrasp when your faction has control over Wintergrasp Keep


WC - Wailing Caverns, an instance in the Barrens, Kalimdor
WF - Westfall, a zone in Eastern Kingdoms
WG - Wintergrasp, a PvP zone in Northrend
Wipe - a situation where everyone in your party/raid (or sometimes just everyone that can rezz people) dies. See TPK
WTB - want to buy
WTS - want to sell
WTT - want to trade
WoW - World of Warcraft


XP - Experience
XR - Crossroads


Y - yes
Yh - yeah


ZA - Zul'Aman, an instance in Ghostlands, Eastern Kingdoms
ZD - Zul'Drak, a zone in Northrend
ZG - Zul'Gurub, an instance in Stranglethorn Vale, Eastern Kingdoms
ZF - Zul'Farrak, an instance in Tanaris, Kalimdor


You could also add 'kk' a

You could also add 'kk'

a lot of ppl use this instead of ok.

but great guide.


lol this would kinda be helpful as an addon if possible... i can never seem to remember any of this stuff... GREAT GUIDE!!!!!!!! love it!

nukestorm's picture

Another definition for RP

RP can also mean Runic Power for Death knights


I'm sorry, but this really bothers me. FTL means FOR THE LOSS, not for the lose, haha, my friend and I always fight over that. for the loss makes gramatical sense, like "I accidentally popped the cooldown early, my keyboard is for the loss." well never mind I guess neither really makes sense, but I think for the loss sounds better, and thats what the majority of people I know have been calling it for a long time.


You are correct. The 'the' (definite article) references a noun. 'Loss' is an noun, and 'lose' is a verb. For the loss!
'Loose' is also a verb, meaning to "unfetter", but many WOWers use it in place of 'lose'. It is wrong (and requires more typing).

Jiyambi's picture

Oh the irony of arguing over

Oh the irony of arguing over the correct grammar of leet speak! Laughing out loud

I'm not sure which I prefer, perhaps both definitions should be noted? I've always heard "Lose" instead of "Loss" but the both seem to work.

nukestorm's picture

daily also refers to daily

daily also refers to daily quest, but that's pretty easy to figure out.

Drakalord's picture

Added IDC ( I don't care )

Added IDC ( I don't care ) Sticking out tongue

Murlocs eat cookies =P

Murlocs eat cookies =P

Asheley's picture

Added some stuff

Lycander's picture

I've added some stuff

I've added some stuff, such as WSG, AB, SotA, L2P, J/k, J/p, BC, MT, OT, Greed (to supplement Need), Darn, Anhk and some other. I'm going to add Patch and PTR after this comment.

I also modified the description for Melee, indicating that it can be used to describe classes.

There were also a couple formatting errors I fixed.

I've added a number of other terms as well. However, the page apparently timed out on me and then gave me a "duplicate Entry" warning. Everything looks fine, though.

Nilz's picture

Two Points

Two Points:

1. For anyone who is contributing anything in the guide , please try to use good grammar and spelling as this will make the guide look more professional.

2. Something seems to b wrong with the letter "P" link because it sends me to the "M" section.

Go Horde ...Alliance Eye.

Maw's picture

The "P" link works perfectly

The "P" link works perfectly fine, it sends you to "P" section.

I don't know if anyone fixed it after your post, or if it never were an error, but it atleast works now Eye

Jahwo's picture

Nah, it didn't work, but now

Nah, it didn't work, but now it does Eye

Matokeagle's picture

Some other items to add

Tundra - Borean Tundra
SB - Solizar Basin
DB - Dragonblight
IC - Icecrown
SP - Storm Peaks
HF - Howling Fjord
ZD - Zul' Drak
GH - Grizzly Hills

Maw's picture

Alright, for the last

Alright, for the last *swearword* time, add it yourself!!!!!!!!111!!!!one!11!!

And no, this doesn't make me a lazy little dipshit which is too lazy to do it myself, but everytime someone asks for words to be added, I'm too soft hearted not to add them; therefore it's like forcing me (and I have other things too do, sorry) Sticking out tongue

Still, I will not add these words to make my point. This is a wiki-page, and not my personal guide.

With that said, thanks for contributing, and I hope someone will add those words soon Smiling

not sure of the actual words

not sure of the actual words in this expression
BIO- "Biological" Break. Some consider to be a picture of a toilet.

A few more

I dont know if those are usuable but ill post them anyways PiU = Pick it up (for mobs that are on you)
Pio = Pull it off (for the same reason)
I hope they are gusefull

I've added and clarified a

I've added and clarified a few definitions, including a few instance locations and level ranges.

Puli's picture

Added "I5SR" and "OO5SR",

Added "I5SR" and "OO5SR", two important terms to know when talking about caster mana regen.

Rob's picture


Added 'Spriest' and 'Specc'. ^.^ Will add more when they come to my small brain.
Added more, such as Blizz, Blue Post, and.. Yeah. Adding more..



"I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature."

hi great thing u got going

hi great thing u got going here..
But the meaning "lag" for me is when u click a button on keyboard, and the time it takes for the character to execute the command ingame.. maybe add that to the lag description...
But that is just my 2 copper coins Smiling (fished out of the dalaran fountain myself) Eye

Adding info and fixing

Adding info and fixing spelling errors. Smiling

Benhir's picture

A thing that I've never

A thing that I've never understood:


I'd give you some karma points if I could, in the case you add it Smiling

Maw's picture



I have now also added the words in skeppstedt's post.

Benhir's picture

Thumbs up!

Thank you very much. This guide need to be always at the top of the page!

Maw's picture

Suggested to Jame that it

Suggested to Jame that it could be at the top line of wow-pro (next to "Needed Guides", "Forums", "Rankings", etc).

That's just an idea though Smiling

Jame's picture

Added it to the right side

Added it to the right side menu Eye

Maw's picture


Great! Smiling

Asheley's picture

Added "Pew

Manovan's picture

I just want to point out

I just want to point out that on RP and RPPVP realms the IC abbreviation is more commonly used for In Character than it is Instant Cast. The opposite abbreviation would be OOC (which is Out Of Character). Since I've been playing on RP realms all these years of WoW I have actually never heard IC being used the way it's described in this dictionary. Since it's a community thing, I added that information as a parenthesis.

Maw's picture

Okay... On the posts below,


On the posts below, you all suggest things that I should edit.

Well, to put it this way: there's one sole reason I made this a wiki-page, and that is for you to put your ideas to life and contributing to the dictionary, aswell as the wow-pro community.

So please, instead of posting a comment about what I should add or edit, add/edit it yourself. I'll add the things listed below when I get the time, but for the next time - please do it yourself.

Last words; dont get me wrong now and think I'm a lazy bum commanding you to do this because I don't want to myself, but if I wanted to make a dictionary myself, I would have made it in a guide format, and not in a wiki-format.

Thanks Smiling

I agree that it's a wiki,

I agree that it's a wiki, but I don't consider myself always good with choosing the right wording, so I'll just propose this:

Instead of telling that rezz is the situation when you as a ghost come back to your body, point res and rezz both to 'resurrect'

Then explain resurrect as the ability to 'return from the dead' by either bein resurrected by another player, or running to your corpse as a ghost.

As this article is made for beginners, it will clarify that bit a LOT Smiling

Jame's picture

+1 Wiki power!


Wiki power!

Maw's picture

Did that +1 refer to my

Did that +1 refer to my missing point to being a Revered Member? Laughing out loud

Missing rez :P

-- Res - (see Rezz)
Yet you don't have a mention of "rezz" in the dictionary Smiling

Some additional words

Good job, a dictionary can be a nice resource for the guides Smiling

I have some words you can add if you wish:

idd - Indeed
jc - jewelcrafter
j/k - joke
DE - disenchant
pug - "pick up group", e.g. pick up 4 random guys to clear an instance
qq - "whine"/cry
ftw - "for the win"
ftl - "for the loose"
MC - Molten core

Acronyms for wotlk instances/raids/areas:
UK - utgarde keep
UP - utgarde pinnacle
VH - violet hold
OK - old kingdom
AN - Azjol'Nerub
HoL - Halls of Lightning
HoS - Halls of Stone
CoS - Culling of Stratholme (in Caverns of time)
DTK - Drak'Tharon Keep
GD - Gundrak
WG - Wintergrasp
OS - Obsidian Sanctum
VoA - Vault of Archavon
Naxx - Naxxramas

That's all I got from the top of my head. I won't take it personally if you decide to not use it, I just wanted to contribute.

Also i noticed you had written, under R, "Res - (see Rezz)", but i didn't see any entry for "Rezz", so you might want to add that as well.

Maw's picture

Thanks alot for

Thanks alot for contributing! Smiling

For the next time, please add it yourself (that is the concept of this wiki-page). Read my comment above to fore more details about this.

wardra's picture

I found two abbreviations

I found two abbreviations which are not listed: DC could mean disconnected, also DW is often used for dual wield.

Belirahc's picture

VC (AKA Deadmines)

Might want to make a note that VC is also shorthand for Deadmines. DM usually represents Dire Maul and VC has become the default shorthand for a Deadmines run in most cases.

Otherwise, this is a very nice list. Will be glad to help find other stuff to add to this.

Maw's picture

I actually considered

I actually considered mentioning this, but ended up not doing it.

Edited now, though.

wardra's picture

Very nice idea, certainly

Very nice idea, certainly something that will be very useful!

Jame's picture

Great idea Maw. Many times

Great idea Maw.

Many times I couldn't use certain terms while writing guides because I was afraid some people wouldn't understand them. But now with this dictionnary that won't be a problem anymore.

So come on everyone, let's make this list as comprehensive as possible Eye

Night_Hawk's picture

I've been seeing: LFW -

I've been seeing:
LFW - Looking For Work
It's being used quite a lot (on my server) by people with crafting professions. Having said that before about 2 weeks ago I hadn't ever seen it so not sure if it deserves a place in the Dictionary.