What Does BBL Mean?

BBL (Be Back Later) is typically used on instant-messaging platforms (e.g., Skype, gaming chat, chat forums) to announce being away for an unspecified amount of time. It contrast with BRB, which is used to announce a short absence. BBL suggests a break of a few hours, while BRB suggests a break of a few minutes.

Summary of Key Points

"Be Back Later" is the most common definition for BBL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:Be Back Later
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for BBL

When I write BBL, I mean this:

meaning of BBL
BBL suggests you'll be back in a few hours.


Examples of BBL in Sentences

Here are examples of BBL being used in conversations:
  • Person A: I've got football practice now BBL.
  • Person B: Okay.
  • Person A: BBL
  • [The next day]
  • Person B: Where were you yesterday?
  • Person A: I signed off with BBL.
  • Person B: If you use BBL, we expect you to join the game again later on.
  • Oops. Sorry.

An Academic Look at BBL

BBL is used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement), which translates best as "I will be back later." In other words, it is not used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

BBL is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Bee Ell). (Of note, initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "catch you later" instead of BBL.

Example of BBL Used in a Text


See Also

BB (be back [in]) BBAM (be back after meal) BBIAB (be back in a bit) BBIAF (be back in a few) BBIAM (be back in a minute) BBIAS (be back in a second) BBML (be back much later) BBN (be back never) BBS (be back soon ) BBT (be back tomorrow) BBWL (be back way later) BFAB (back for a bit) BIAB (back in a bit) BITD (back in the day) BAC (back at computer) BAK (back at keyboard)