What Does PIBE Mean in a Text?

PIBE means "Play It By Ear." PIBE is a proposal to make decisions as you go along or when the time comes.

The term "Play It By Ear" has musical origins. A musician "playing by ear" is not reading music but remembering the piece. (It is thought to have first been used with reference to author Jane Austen in the mid-19th century.)

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When I write PIBE, I mean this:

meaning of PIBE

PIBE (Play It By Ear) means to decide at the time.

Summary of Key Points

"Play It By Ear" is the most common definition for PIBE on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Play It By Ear
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of PIBE in Sentences

Here are examples of PIBE being used in conversations:
  • Tony: What time shall we meet?
  • Jordan: Can we PIBE? I'm juggling a lot of things at the moment.
  • Tony: I don't know whether to book for two or two hundred. Can we PIBE?
  • Jordan: Yes, that's fine. We'll have a better idea on the day.

An Academic Look at PIBE

PIBE is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Pee Aye Bee Ee), but as this is harder to say than "Play It By Ear," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation PIBE is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Example of PIBE Used in a Text

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