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1.
1. Message set in an instant messanger client that informs people on your buddy list that you are away.
Common messages include: away, brb, and sleeping
My cousin john needs to learn how to use away messages
by KenF December 11, 2005
 
2.
A new way of subtly communicating to people, often in the form of song lyrics, quotes, and other things you don't want to say directly to someone else but need to get across.
This girl I knew would always stalk my away messages, so I put one up about being out with my girlfriend so she'd leave me alone.
by Grathol April 12, 2005
 
3.
What we used to call status updates back in the day.
We used to inform people of what we ate for dinner through an away message.
by cmiller4642 June 07, 2010
 
4.
When someone puts a message on their instant messenger signifying the fact that they can't talk at that moment.
When Jane had to leave the computer, she put up an away message.
by Susie February 18, 2005
 
5.
A suicide note. A note that one writes before they kill themselves.
Kurt Cobain quoted Neil Young in his away message
by nobhdy April 24, 2007