What Does DBL Mean?

DBL means "Don't Be Late." The abbreviation DBL is used to remind someone to be punctual and not to arrive after the agreed time. DBL is sometimes used as an abbreviation of ‘double’, but the context of the conversation should make it clear which definition applies.

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When I write DBL, I mean this: meaning of DBL DBL means "Don't be late!"

Summary of Key Points

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


Examples of DBL in Sentences

Here are examples of DBL being used in conversations:
  • Ada: I'm really looking forward to the match tonight.
  • Barry: The taxi leaves at 5pm so if you want to come with us DBL.
  • Bryony: When does this work have to be in?
  • Adrian: By 9am on Thursday. DBL because anything arriving after that time won't be marked.

An Academic Look at DBL

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Dee Bee Ell"), DBL is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words. DBL is typically used as an imperative (i.e., an order).

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "please be on time" instead of DBL.

Second Definition for DBL

This meaning was also noted:
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Example of DBL Used in a Text


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