What Does IBB Mean in a Text?

IBB means "I'll Be Back." The abbreviation IBB means that the sender will return (i.e., they will be coming back).

In the 1984 science fiction film "The Terminator," former Mr. Olympia and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, coined the catchphrase "I'll Be Back" when he played role of the title character.

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When I write IBB, I mean this:

meaning of IBB

I'm going, but not forever. IBB.

Summary of Key Points

"I'll Be Back" is the most common definition for IBB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I'll Be Back
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IBB in Sentences

Here are examples of IBB being used in conversations:
  • Jack: Where are you going?
  • Selma: Don't worry, IBB soon.
  • Sandra: Please don't go.
  • Tina: IBB before you know it.

An Academic Look at IBB

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Bee Bee"), IBB is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "I'll Be Back" or something like "See You Soon" instead of using IBB.

Example of IBB Used in a Text

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