What Does SB Mean in a Text?

SB means "Soft Block," "Somebody," and "Snapback." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Soft Block

The abbreviation SB is used with the meaning "Soft Block" to refer to a technique used to remove a follower on Twitter. For example:
  • Lucy: The guy that I met at Jenny's party last year keeps posting stupid comments on my tweets.
  • Jim: SB him. He'll probably never notice, but if he does you can blame it on Twitter.
For more details see Soft Block.


SB is widely used with the meaning "Somebody." For example:
  • Sam: Jack tells me that SB has been a naughty girl.
  • Jenny: SB tells me that Jack's going to get a kick in the balls when SB sees him.


SB is also often used to with the meaning "Snapback."

On the social media platform Snapchat, SB is used when the poster wants another user to respond to a their "snap" (message).

Check out our list of Snapchat emojis.

More widely, SB is used to refer to the "Snapback" baseball caps from the New Era Cap Company. The iconic SB cap has a flat brim and an adjustable strap at the back that snaps together. Popular in the 1980s and 1990s, "Snapbacks" fell out of fashion in the 2000s, but have recently experienced a renaissance.

In 2016, American country music group Old Dominion released a single entitled "Snapback," in which the SB caps featured prominently.

Old Dominion - Snapback

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When I write SB, I mean this:

meaning of SB

SB also means "Soft Block" and "Somebody," and is also used on Snapchat.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for SB

"Soft Block" is a common definition for SB, especially on Twitter.
Definition:Soft Block
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for SB

"Somebody" is another common definition for SB.
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for SB

"Snapback" is another definition for SB.
Definition:Snapback (Baseball Cap and Snapchat Term)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at SB

Whether used with the meaning "Soft Block," "Snapback," or "Somebody," SB is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Ess Bee"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of SB Used in a Text

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