What Does WYBD Mean in a Text?

WYBD means "What've You Been Doing?". It is used to ask for an update on another person's life. (WYBD can indicate any length of time from a few minutes to a few years.)

Of note, WYBD is not always followed by a question mark, but users will overlook this grammatical error.

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When I write WYBD, I mean this:

meaning of WYBD

Catching up with a friend.

Summary of Key Points

"What've You Been Doing?" is the most common definition for WYBD on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:What've You Been Doing?
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of WYBD in Sentences

Here are examples of WYBD being used in conversations:
  • Tony: We haven't spoken for ages! WYBD?
  • Jordan: I've been working a lot these days. You?
  • Tony: Hey, WYBD
  • Jordan: Not much. How was the party?

An Academic Look at WYBD

WYBD is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dublyu Wy Bee Dee), but as this is harder to say than "What've you been doing," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation WYBD is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech. From a grammatical perspective, WYBD is an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question).

Example of WYBD Used in a Text

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