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Unlike what many people think lel is not an acronym in the same fashion that LOL is (it does not mean laughing extremely loud, laughing extra loud or similar). Lel (and variations including lal) resulted from the use of random vowels substituted in place of the 'o' in LOL. These vowels were used in an attempt to be different from the millions of internet game fags. The word however, in essence, still means LOL.
guy1: generic xyz funny comment
guy2: lel
gu2: *explodes*
by funward May 28, 2008
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Always in lower caps. Used when someone finds something derisory or pathetic. Its use depends on the mood of the user: the more bored they are, the more they'll be inclined to use it.

Pronunciation: lɛl
Etymology: lol, with the o replaced by an e. The reason is phonetic: lel, when pronounced, seems a bit more sarcastic.
A: I watched a censored porn movie last night
B: lel.

A: I + 2 = 3, and H - 2 = 5, (random bs that lasts for 2 pages) thus I + H = 2
B: lel, took me a while to realize you were trolling.
by Pat Power April 12, 2013
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Someone gets pwned in a funny way
I say lel
by chdcchris September 19, 2015
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Primarily the same definition as "lol", but simply for people who want to be different, and original.
Rowan: Hey, Douglas, Jack got run over today.

Douglas: lel

Rowan: Omg, Douglas, he's in a serious condition! He could die!

Douglas: lel
by Tavv November 06, 2013
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A retarded version of 'lol'
by randomano July 12, 2015
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Used instead of lol; when you're too dank for lol
Lel. That was funny.
by Ireallydontknow January 20, 2017
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Low Explosive Limit. Explosive Limits The range of concentrations (% by volume in air) of a flammable gas or vapor that can result in an explosion from ignition in a confined space. Usually given as Upper and Lower Explosive Limits (see UEL and LEL).
The LEL meter was downstream of the methanol tank.
by Lynn Duffield January 25, 2005
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