What does MIA stand for?

Missing in action

MIA is an acronym for missing in action, which refers to someone who can't be found or is unavailable. The acronym originally comes from the military when they would use it to describe missing soldiers who were not KIA.

As acronyms have become more prevalent in computer and phone lingo, the MIA acronym definition has evolved. The acronym is now commonly used to refer to someone who cannot be reached at the moment.


Where have you been? You've been MIA for the past two weeks!
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Updated May 31, 2017

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