What Does CBS Mean in a Text?

CBS means "Can't Be Stuffed," which is considered an outmoded version of "Can't Be Bothered"(i.e., lacking enthusiasm or feeling demotivated). "Can't Be Stuffed" is associated primarily with British or Australian English. CBS is derived from the following so-called "CB" abbreviations that describe the same sentiment:
  • CBB (Can't Be Bothered)
  • CBF (Can't Be F*cked)
  • CBA (Can't Be Arsed)
  • CEEBS (Can't Be Bothered)
  • CEEB (Can't Be Bothered)
  • CEEBZ (Can't Be Bothered)

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When I write CBS, I mean this:

meaning of CBS

CBS means "I can't be stuffed," similar to "I can't be bothered."

Summary of Key Points

"Can't Be Stuffed" is the most common definition for CBS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Can't Be Stuffed
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of CBS in Sentences

Here is an example of CBS being used in a conversation:
  • Anna: Shall we go for a coffee or move some more sacks?
  • Karen: CBS. Let's get a coffee.

An Academic Look at CBS

CBS is an abbreviation. CBS differs from its variants CEEB, CEEBS, CEEBZ which act as words in their own right, most commonly as nouns but also as adjectives. CBS is generally used as a standalone declarative sentence. For example:
  • I am not doing any more work. CBS.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I can't be stuffed" or something like "I feel disinclined" instead of CBS.

Example of CBS Used in a Text

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