What Does NIMBY Mean?

NIMBY means "Not In My Back Yard." The acronym NIMBY refers to a person who agrees with a specific development but does not want that development to impact on their own life. For example:
  • John: Fracking will solve our country's energy needs for the next 30 years.
  • Simon: I'm glad you're an advocate of fracking because they're planning to establish a fracking plant near your village.
  • John: Here? Why here? We don't need all those lorries disturbing the peace.
  • Simon: You're such a NIMBY!
The plural of NIMBY is currently NIMBYS. Of note, however, NIMBY is increasingly being treated as a word and not an acronym, and the plural NIMBIES is becoming more common. The state of mind is known as NIMBYISM.

Summary of Key Points

"Not In My Back Yard" is the most common definition for NIMBY on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Not In My Back Yard
Type:Cyber Term
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write NIMBY, I mean this:

meaning of NIMBY
A NIMBY is someone who advocates change but not if it impacts on their own life.


Examples of NIMBY in Sentences

Here are examples of NIMBY being used in conversations:
  • Harry: Isn't it great that they're building 200 new houses in the town?
  • Charlie: No, call me a NIMBY if you like, but they will ruin my dog walk.
  • Ralph: I know we need a new hospital, but where they're building it will spoil my view.
  • Corrine: You're such a NIMBY.

An Academic Look at NIMBY

As it is spoken like a word, NIMBY is an acronym. Acronyms contrast with initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters.

Example of NIMBY Used in a Text


See Also

TBNT (thanks, but no thanks) NT (no thanks) 2BH (to be honest) 403 (to deny access to) 4GM (forgive me) 66 (suspicious) DBS (don't be scared)