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Meaning of ABS


What Does ABS Mean?

ABS means "Absolutely". The abbreviation ABS is most commonly used in internet chat forums and text speak to mean "Absolutely", as in "Completely" or "Totally". In this context, ABS is typically used to express agreement.

ABS is also used in online and in general speech to refer to the stomach muscles, more specifically, the rectus abdominis or "Abdominals". The ABS are the principal muscles that show when a person has a well-defined "six pack".

Of note, ABS can also refer to "Anti-Lock Brakes", which is an electronically-controlled braking system that prevents a vehicle's brakes from locking-up when they are applied harshly.
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Definition for ABS

ABS means "Absolutely". This is the most common definition for ABS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about ABS:

ABS
Definition:Absolutely
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write ABS, I mean this:

meaning of ABS
ABS often refers to the "rectus abdominis" or abdominal muscles.
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Examples of ABS in Sentences

Here are examples of ABS being used in conversations:
  • Person A: Don't you just hate it when people respond to your questions with one-word answers?
  • Person B: ABS.
  • (Here, ABS expresses agreement.)
  • Person A: My ABS are sore after that workout. I bet I have a six pack by tomorrow.
  • Person B: You're 100 pounds overweight, you dork. You won't see your ABS for at least six months.
  • (Here, ABS refers to the abdominal muscles.)

An Academic Look at ABS

When used to mean "Absolutely" or "Abdominals", ABS is a shortened version, or a contraction, of those words. Contractions tend to be formed in one of three ways:
  • Using letters from the start of the word (e.g., ABS from "Absolutely").
  • Using letters from the start and end of the word (e.g., ABS from "Abdominals").
  • 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.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said or written something like "Completely" or "Totally" instead of using ABS to mean "Absolutely".

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Second Definition for ABS

This meaning was also noted:

ABS
Definition:Great stomach
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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Using ABS on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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