What Does DBI Mean in a Text?

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The abbreviation DBI is used with a number of meanings, including "Douche Bag Index," "Don't Buy It" and "Don"t Believe It." Here is more information about each of these definitions of DBI. Examples of use can be found below.

Douche Bag Index

When used with the meaning "Douche Bag Index" (or "Dirt Bag Index"), DBI is a notation system (usually on a scale of 1-10) for determining how much of a douchebag a person is.

Don't Buy It

When used as an abbreviation of the phrase "Don't Buy It," DBI can have two meanings:
  • 1. "I don't believe it."
  • 2. "Do not buy that."

Don't Believe It

DBI is also used with the meaning "Don't Believe It," as an expression of surprise. In this context, DBI is actually a further abbreviation of IDBI ("I Don't Believe It"). DBI can also be used as a statement (i.e., to announce that you do not believe what has just been said).

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meaning of DBI

DBI also means "Douche Bag Index" and "Don't Believe It."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of DBI

"Douche Bag Index" is a common definition for DBI on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Douche Bag Index
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of DBI

"Don't Buy It" is another definition for DBI.
Definition:Don't Buy It
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition of DBI

DBI also means "Don't Believe It."
Definition:Don't Believe It
Guessability:guessability level 5
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Examples of DBI in Sentences

Here are examples of DBI being used in conversations:
  • Ken: Do you know the new kid?
  • Ollie: Yeah. He has a DBI of 9.5!
  • (Here, DBI means "Douchebag Index.")
  • Toni: There's now concrete evidence the moon landings were faked.
  • Jordan: Yeah, saw that. DBI.
  • (Here, DBI means "(I) Don't Buy It.")
  • Pat: Jack is selling his Ford.
  • Jo: DBI! The clutch is going.
  • (Here, DBI means "Don't Buy It.")
  • Kyle: Janet won the most votes for team president.
  • Lee: DBI!
  • (Here, DBI means "(I) Don't Believe It.")

An Academic Look at DBI

DBI is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Bee Eye). Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of DBI Used in a Text

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