What Does PLEB Mean? (Using PLEB Online)

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The Quick Answer

PLEB means "Low-Class or Common person."

More Observations...

The term PLEB is short for Plebeian. The Plebeians were the general body of free Roman citizens who had no right to vote. Plebeian may have first been shortened to PLEB by English public school pupils in the 18th century, when it was used as a derogatory term for pupils of lower social classes. In modern usage, PLEB is often used as an insult to imply that someone lacks intelligence, is unsophisticated or of low social standing. In gaming circles, PLEB is used as a derogatory term for inexperienced gamers, or a player who does not have the latest version of a game or gaming equipment. Of note, PLEBS was the title of a popular UK television series which ran from 2013 to 2016.

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meaning of PLEB

PLEB is often used to imply that someone is unsophisticated.

Summary of Key Points

"Low-class or common person" is, by far, the most common meaning for PLEB when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Low-class or common person
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of PLEB in Sentences

Here are examples of PLEB in conversations:
  • Boris: Great idea! Call an election to crush the opposition.
  • Michael: Yeah! "Strong and stable!" PLEB!
  • Interviewer: So, after his first one hundred days in office what's your impression of him?
  • Interviewee: PLEB!

An Academic Look at PLEB

PLEB is a shortened version of plebeian and is therefore a contraction. Contractions tend to be formed in one of three ways:
  • Using letters from the start of the word (e.g., AMP from amplifier).
  • Using letters from the start and end of the word (e.g., Dr from Doctor).
  • Using an apostrophe to replace a letter or letters (e.g., can't from cannot).
For reasons of brevity, contractions are rarely followed by periods/full stops and apostrophes are routinely omitted in text speak and on social-media platforms.

Example of PLEB Used in a Text

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