Signs for ILY (I LOVE YOU)

Used to express "I Love You" in different contexts. The ILY handshape is a combination of the three fingerspelled letters: I+L+Y (I Love You).

It is used to, often informally, express "I love you" among family members, as well as sometimes among very close friends, whenever appropriate. It can be used at parting, or used as a different meaning in contexts.

Variation of the movement. It is also used in Deaf Ameslan culture as farewell with love between loved and close ones.


Story and more explanation on the ILY handshape.


Q: "I was wondering what it meant when your index finger and middle finger are crossed, your ring finger is down and your pinky is out, your thumb is out, one hand, no movement." -- Moses, June 2017.

A: Regarding the modified ILY with "R", it means "I really love you". It can also mean "I love you very much" in general.

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for I-LOVE-YOU

Written ASL digit for "I-LOVE-YOU" contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2018.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Deaf Humor

What a fun coincidence.

ILY traffic light
Image posted on FB (Feb. 15, 2019) by Michael Baker who found this near his home in Bernalillo in New Mexico, USA. No photoshop.

"Sometimes burnt LEDs can lead to something even better! [ILY icon] :D" -- Joseph Wheeler (Feb. 15, 2019, FB).

More stories on this ILY thing.

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