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Meaning of BTN


What Does BTN Mean?

BTN means "Better Than Nothing". The abbreviation BTN means that having something unsatisfactory is better than having nothing at all. For example, you might want a steak, but a burger will do, i.e., it is better than nothing.

Of note, BTN is sometimes used as a contracted way of saying "between" and can also stand for "Behind The News".
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Definition for BTN

BTN means "Better Than Nothing". This is the most common definition for BTN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about BTN:

BTN
Definition:Better Than Nothing
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write BTN, I mean this:

meaning of BTN
BTN usually means "Better Than Nothing".
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Examples of BTN in Sentences

Here are examples of BTN being used in conversations:
  • Steve: Will you go out with me?
  • Mia: I'd rather go out with Chris, but I guess you're BTN.
  • Alison: So, you're off to Bournemouth for two weeks?
  • Sophie: Yeah, it's not Barbados. BTN.

An Academic Look at BTN

The phrase BTN is classed as an idiom i.e., a word or phrase that is not taken literally.

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Bee Tee En"), BTN is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

BTN is typically used like an adjective (i.e., a describing word). For example:

  • The class was BTN.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have said something like "it will do" or "it could have been better" instead of BTN.

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Using BTN on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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