What Does BBL Mean?

BBL means "Brazilian Butt Lift" or "Be Back Later". Here is more about these two meanings:

Brazilian Butt Lift

When discussing body shapes, looks, or fashion, BBL means "Brazilian Butt Lift."

If exercising your way to a more shapely bum sounds too much like hard work, then it is possible to attain a more voluminous, curvier bottom with a BBL. A BBL is a cosmetic-surgery technique that uses liposuction and fat-grafting to add volume, curves, and lift. (Of note, in Britain, it is called a "Brazilian Bum Lift.")

A BBL has become one of the most popular plastic-surgery procedures, despite it being shrouded in controversy over health risks. (According to Britain's Nation Health Service, the main concern is that the injected fat can cause a blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), which can be fatal.)

Be Back Later

When used on instant-messaging platforms (e.g., Skype, gaming chat, chat forums), BBL means "Be Back Later." Typing BBL is a way of signing off temporarily. It means that you intend to be away for an unspecified amount of time, but not soon. Of note, BBL contrast with BRB (Be Right Back), 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.

Video Summarizing BBL

Here's a short video explaining how the abbreviation BBL is used:

Summary of Key Points

"Brazilian Butt Lift" is the most common definition for BBL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Brazilian Butt Lift
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Meaning for BBL

"Be Back Later" is another common definition for BBL on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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:
  • Anne: Nice bum! Have you had a BBL?
  • Sarah: Nope. I've been doing hundreds of squats before bed.
  • Anne: Hundreds! I think I'll go for a BBL!
  • Tony: BBL
  • [The next day]
  • Jordan: Where were you yesterday?
  • Tony: I signed off with BBL.
  • Jordan: If you use BBL, we expect you to join the game again later on.
  • Tony: Oops. Sorry.

An Academic Look at BBL

When it means "be back later," 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.

In both meanings, 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 Say before Texting and Social Media?

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)