What Does IABW Mean in a Text?

IABW means "In a Bad Way." The abbreviation IABW is a way of saying someone or something is in a poor state, either physically, emotionally or mentally.

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When I write IABW, I mean this:

meaning of IABW

The Trans-Amazonian Highway is IABW.

Summary of Key Points

"In a Bad Way" is the most common definition for IABW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:In a Bad Way
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IABW in Sentences

Here are examples of IABW being used in conversations:
  • Niall: Did you get your car serviced?
  • Alfie: Yeah. The mechanic said the bodywork is fine, but the engine is IABW.
  • Saul: How's Steve after he got dumped?
  • Andrew: He's IABW. I'm quite worried about him.

An Academic Look at IABW

IABW is an an adjectival phrase (i.e., a group of words that function as an adjective in a sentence). An adjective is a describing word.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Not good" or "Struggling" instead of using IABW.

Example of IABW Used in a Text

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