What Does IGYB Mean in a Text?

IGYB means "I've Got Your Back." The abbreviation IGYB is a way of letting someone know that you will look out for them, support them and try to keep them safe.

The phrase "I've Got Your Back" is thought to have originated in the US military during World War II, when military personnel provided cover for each other in life-threatening situations.

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When I write IGYB, I mean this:

meaning of IGYB

IGYB means I'm here for you.

Summary of Key Points

"I've Got Your Back" is the most common definition for IGYB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I've Got Your Back
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of IGYB in Sentences

Here are examples of IGYB being used in conversations:
  • Chris: Can you cover me if I nip outside for a cigarette?
  • Sadie: Okay, IGYB.
  • Andy: I'm not sure I'm going to be able to handle this pitch today.
  • Marcel: Don't worry. IGYB.

An Academic Look at IGYB

IGYB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Gee Why Bee), but as this is harder to say than "I've Got Your Back," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IGYB is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "I'll Be Watching Out For You," "I'll Look After You," or even "I've Got Your Back" instead of using IGYB.

Example of IGYB Used in a Text


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