What Does STB Mean in a Text?

STB means "Soon To Be" and "Set Top Box."

Soon To Be

The abbreviation STB is used with the meaning "Soon To Be" to refer to something that is going to happen in the near future. In this context, STB is often used to refer to personal relationships or employment status. For example:
  • Have you seen the new guy? Or, should I say, have you seen my STB boyfriend?
  • From the look on the boss's face, I would say that you are the STB ex-head of sales.

Set Top Box

The abbreviation STB is also widely used with the meaning "Set Top Box." In this context, an STB is a box-shaped device that converts wireless, cable or satellite signals, so that they can be viewed on a television set.

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When I write STB, I mean this:

meaning of STB

STB also means "Set Top Box."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for STB

STB means "Soon To Be." This is the most common definition for STB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Soon To Be
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for STB

STB also means "Set Top Box":
Definition:Set Top Box
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of STB in Sentences

Here are examples of STB being used in conversations:
  • Charlie: What's the news from Karen?
  • David: Only that she's STB "Granny Karen"!
  • (Here, STB means "Soon To Be.")
  • Allan: I can't get any sound on the new TV.
  • Geoff: Try turning of the STB then turning it on again.
  • (Here, STB means "Set Top Box.")

An Academic Look at STB

Whether used with the meaning "Soon To Be" or "Set Top Box," STB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ess Tee Bee). However, it is not often spoken using its letters. The abbreviation STB is typically used for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Soon To Be" or "Set Top Box" instead of using the abbreviation STB.

Example of STB Used in a Text

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