What Does Elbow Mean in a Text?

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Elbow means "Dismiss or Reject" and "Pound of Cannabis." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Dismiss or Reject

In general chat, the word elbow (i.e., the joint between the upper arm and forearm) is often used as a slang word meaning to dismiss or reject someone or something. For example:
  • Jo gave Sam the elbow last night. There were tears!
  • The boss is going to give Bill the elbow when he gets in. He's been late every day this week.
  • You should give that old phone the elbow and get an S23.

Pound of Cannabis

In drugs-related chat, elbow is coded slang for one pound of cannabis. In this context, it comes from the letters "l" and "b" in the pound sign (lb). For example:
  • Lee: Get me an elbow from Jordan. I'll see you right at the weekend.
  • Chris: If I get you an elbow, you won't be able to see anything at the weekend.
Check out our glossary of drugs-related terms.

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meaning of Elbow

Elbow more often means to reject or dismiss.

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Dismiss or Reject" is the most common definition for elbow on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Dismiss or Reject
Type:Word (slang)
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Pound of Cannabis" is a common definition for elbow in drugs related chat.
Definition:Pound of Cannabis
Type:Word (slang)
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

An Academic Look at Elbow

Whether used to mean "Dismiss or Reject" or "Pound of Cannabis," elbow is being used as a slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

Example of Elbow Used in a Text

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