BM

What Does BM Mean?

The abbreviation BM is most often used with the meanings "Black Man," "Baby Mama," and "Bad Mannered." However, it is also sometimes used to mean "Bowel Movement" and "BMW." Here's a little more information about each of these definitions of BM. (Examples of use can also be found below.)

Black Man

BM is used on dating sites (such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com), with the meaning "Black Man" to indicate that a user is, or is looking to make contact with, a black male.

Baby Mama

BM is also used with the meaning "Baby Mama" (or sometimes "Baby Mother" or "Baby Mummy"), to refer to a woman who is not married to or in a significant relationship with her child's father. (See also BD (Baby Daddy)).

Bad Mannered

BM is also used with the meaning "Bad Mannered." In this context, it is most often used in gaming circles (e.g., on apps such as Discord or Telegram) to complain about a lack of courtesy shown by someone.

Bowel Movement

BM is sometimes used to mean "Bowel Movement." The origins of the use of BM in this context are unclear, but it was popularized in an episode of the animated series Family Guy (series 3, episode 14), in a conversation between father and son, Peter and Chris:
  • Chris: "What's a library, dad?"
  • Peter: "Oh, it's just a place where homeless people come to shave and go BM."

BMW

BM is also sometimes used as a spoken abbreviation, to refer to the German car maker BMW.

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meaning of BM

BM also means "Baby Mama," "Bad Mannered," "Bowel Movement," and "BMW."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for BM

"Black Man" is the most common meaning for BM on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com, as well as in texts and on chat forums.
BM
Definition:Black Man
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults

Second Definition for BM

"Baby Mama" is another common definition for BM.
BM
Definition:Baby Mama
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for BM

"Bad Mannered" is another common definition for BM, especially on gaming apps, such as Discord and Telegram.
BM
Definition:Bad Mannered
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Fourth Definition for BM

BM also means "Bowel Movement."
BM
Definition:Bowel Movement
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Fifth Definition for BM

BM also means "BMW."
BM
Definition:BMW
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Examples of BM in Sentences

Here are examples of BM being used in conversations:
  • Gail: So what are you actually looking for?
  • Rachel: I'm not fussy really. Any BM with a pulse and over a million dollars in the bank.

  • (Here, BM means "Black Man.")
  • Gary: Why won't she let me see my boy?
  • Rose: Because you treat her like she's nothing more than your BM. You have got to give that girl some respect.

  • (Here, BM means "Baby Mama.")
  • Gill: Why did you dash out so quickly? The boss couldn't believe you ran out without saying anything. It seemed very BM.
  • Rod: It would have been a lot more BM, if I hadn't got out of there before doing a BM in my trousers!

  • (Here, BM means both "Bad Mannered" and "Bowel Movement.")

An Academic Look at BM

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

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would probably have just said "Black Man," "Baby Mama," "Bad Mannered," or "Bowel Movement" instead of using the abbreviation BM.

Example of BM Used in a Text

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