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What Does CB Mean in a Text?

The abbreviation CB is used with the meanings "Closed Beta," "Citizens Band," "Clickbait," and "Cock Block." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Closed Beta

The abbreviation CB is used in gaming and computing with the meaning "Closed Beta" to refer to games and software that are under development, but are considered almost ready for release.

CB versions of products are distributed to a very limited number of invited users for testing in a real-world environment, in order to check for bugs and glitches before general release.
  • Russ: Hey! I've got an invitation to try out that CB version of Warriors of Woo!
  • Sarah: Wow! I've always wanted to try out a CB!
CB contrasts with OB (Open Beta), which refers to products that are made available to the public for testing before final release. (See also BETA.)

Citizens Band

CB is also widely used with the meaning "Citizens Band" to refer to a type of radio which the general public is allowed to use for voice communications. In many countries (including the US and UK), no licenses are required for CB radios.
  • Elena: Big Ben this is Rubber Duck. Do you copy?
  • Sharon: Calm down! This is Discord, not a CB radio!

Clickbait

CB is also used to refer to "Clickbait," i.e., online content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage the reader to click on a link to another site, usually for commercial purposes.

Cock Block

More colloquially, CB is used as an abbreviation of the slang phrase "Cock Block," to refer to anything (person, object or circumstance) that prevents someone from having sex.

The "Cock Blocking" may be intentional or accidental. People who act as "Cock Blockers" often do so inadvertently, but may be motivated by jealousy, or by a feeling or duty of care.
  • Kiara: So, how did you get on with Craig last night?
  • Sheila: We were CB, because you wouldn't stop texting!

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meaning of CB

CB also means "Citizens Band," "Clickbait," and "Cock Block."

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Closed Beta" is the most common definition for CB in computing circles.
CB
Definition:Closed Beta
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Specialists

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Citizen Band" is another common definition for CB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
CB
Definition:Citizen Band
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Specialists

Summary of Key Points for the Third Definition

"Clickbait" is another definition for CB.
CB
Definition:Clickbait
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Fourth Definition

CB also means "Cock Block."
CB
Definition:Cock Block
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at CB

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "See Bee"), CB is classified as an initialism abbreviation. However, when used with the meaning "Citizens Band," CB is also an acronym (an abbreviation spoken like a word).

Example of CB Used in a Text

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