What Does BAK Mean in a Text?

BAK means "Back At Keyboard." BAK is used to announce that you have returned to your device after a temporary absence. It is most often used in chat rooms or in gaming.

BAK usually follows AFK, which is used to announce a temporary absence from your device.

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When I write BAK, I mean this:

meaning of BAK

The person is back at the keyboard.

Summary of Key Points

"Back at Keyboard" is the most common definition for BAK on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Back at Keyboard
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of BAK in Sentences

Here is an example of BAK being used in a conversation.
  • Tony: There is someone at the door. AFK [Away From Keyboard]
  • Tony: BAK. What did I miss?

An Academic Look at BAK

BAK is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

Example of BAK Used in a Text

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