What Does OBVS Mean?

OBVS means "Obviously." The abbreviation OBVS is a shortened form of the word "Obviously." OBVS is used in response to a question or statement when a more detailed response isn't necessary.

Note: Using OBVS as a response can appear condescending, as it can imply the questioner is being stupid.

OBVS is one of many abbreviations of the word "Obvious." Others include:

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When I write OBVS, I mean this:

meaning of OBVS

OBVS is obviously an abbreviation of "Obviously."

Summary of Key Points

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

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of OBVS in Sentences

Here are examples of OBVS being used in conversations:
  • Gerard: What will you wear?
  • Penny: Black tie OBVS. It's what the invitation says.
  • Rich: Are we going to the pub after work?
  • Paul: OBVS! It's Friday.

An Academic Look at OBVS

OBVS is a contraction of the word obviously which uses letters from the beginning and towards the end of the full word. Other contractions, like Dr, use letters from the start and end of the fully expanded version. Contractions can also be formed by replacing a letter(s) with an apostrophe (e.g., can't). For reasons of brevity in text-based conversations, contractions are rarely followed by periods/full stops and apostrophes are routinely omitted.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Obviously" instead of using the abbreviation OBVS.

Example of OBVS Used in a Text


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