What Does ABD Mean in a Text?

ABD (Already Been Done) can be used to declare that a task does not need doing as it has already been completed.

ABD can also be used to quash someone's "good" idea. For example:
  • Tony: I going to invent a bag-less vacuum cleaner.
  • Jordan: ABD.
More crudely, ABD can also be a laddish response after being shown a pretty girl. For example:
  • Tony: She is stunning.
  • Jordan: ABD.

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When I write ABD, I mean this:

meaning of ABD

This image shows a full checklist of tasks that have already been done.

Summary of Key Points

"Already Been Done" is the most common definition for ABD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Already Been Done
Guessability:guessability level 5
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of ABD in Sentences

Here are some examples of ABD being used in sentences:
  • Can you tell me whether the plastering has ABD ?
  • (Here, ABD is being used in its literal sense.)
  • Tony: How about starting a restaurant that only sells chicken?
  • Jordan: Are you serious? ABD.
  • (Here, ABD is quashing an idea.)
  • Tony: Check her out. Go and chat her up.
  • Jordan: ABD.
  • (Here, ABD is a laddish response suggesting he already knows the girl intimately.)

An Academic Look at ABD

ABD is typically used in the present perfect tense, where it is preceded by the verb has (for singular a subject) or have (for a plural subject).

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ay Bee Dee"), ABD is classified as an initialism abbreviation. (Of note, initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

Example of ABD Used in a Text

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