What Does TBNT Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

TBNT means "Thanks, But No Thanks."

More Observations...

It is an informal way of declining an offer.

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When I write TBNT, I mean this:

meaning of TBNT

The image shows a young man grimacing and waving his hands.

Summary of Key Points

"Thanks, But No Thanks" is, by far, the most common meaning for TBNT when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Thanks, But No Thanks
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of TBNT in Sentences

Here is an example of TBNT in a conversation:
  • Tony: Fancy joining me for a 7am run tomorrow?
  • Jordan: Uh, TBNT!

An Academic Look at TBNT

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Tee Bee En Tee"), TBNT is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Thank you but no" instead of TBNT.

Example of TBNT Used in a Text

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