What Does NBF Mean in a Text?

NBF means "New Best Friend." While its meaning can often be literal, be aware that NBF can also be used to refer to someone who has suddenly become very friendly due to an ulterior motive.

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When I write NBF, I mean this:

meaning of NBF

I have an NBF!

Summary of Key Points

"New Best Friend" is the most common definition for NBF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:New Best Friend
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of NBF in Sentences

Here are examples of NBF being used in conversations:
  • Tony: It's great having a NBF.
  • Jordan: Yey!
  • Tony: The new girl, Jane, seems to have become my NBF since I won those concert tickets.
  • Jordan: Yes, I've noticed.
  • (Here, NBF has a negative connotation.)

An Academic Look at NBF

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "En Bee Eff"), NBF 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 said something like "best mate" or "my new shadow" instead of NBF.

Example of NBF Used in a Text

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