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American Sign Language[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


A blend of the ASL letters I, L, and Y, from the initials of the English phrase, “I love you.”


  • This one-handed ASL sign is produced with an affectionate smile:
    1. ASL ILY@Side-PalmForward.jpg
      Posture the dominant hand in the “I/L/Y” handshape about half an arm's length in front of the shoulder, palm facing forward.
    2. Hold the hand briefly in this posture.
  • The hand may be moved or rotated to indicate the subject and object of the affection. The back of the hand faces toward the subject. The palm faces toward the object.
GUH Hand LUH Hand LUH Move GUH Move GUH Hand LUH Hand
GUH Palm LUH Palm Second Second GUH Palm LUH Palm
GUH Position LUH Separation Third Third
ASL ILY@Side-PalmForward.jpg


ASL ILY@Side-PalmForward.jpg (ASL gloss: I-LOVE-YOU)

  1. I love you.
  2. (transitive, inflecting with subject and object) to love

Usage notes[edit]

  • (I love you): This sign usually indicates a platonic love and is used to express affection toward a large group of mere acquaintences.