What Does BOT Mean?

BOT means "Robot" and "Back On Topic." Here is more information about each of these definitions of BOT, with examples of use.


Bot is a contraction of the word robot. In computing, a bot is a software program that can execute commands or perform routine tasks, such as answer messages or carry out searches, either automatically or with minimal human intervention. In gaming, it refers to a robot player, i.e., an NPC (Non-Player Character) controlled by the game. For example:
  • I tried to find out if there are still tickets available, but I couldn't get past the customer service bot.
  • Have you seen the things the Russian bots are posting on Twitter?
  • The bots at this level are really mean! I can't find any way to get past them.

Back On Topic

BOT is also an abbreviation, used in messaging with the meaning "Back On Topic." In this context, BOT indicates that the sender wishes to return to the point of the conversation. For example:
  • Ali: Have you been paid yet?
  • Sam: I bumped into Sally this morning. She was asking about you.
  • Ali: That's lovely. BOT, have you got the money you owe me?

Summary of Key Points

"Robot" is the most common definition for BOT on online gaming platforms (such as Discord) and on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
"Back On Topic" is another definition for BOT.
Definition:Back On Topic
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at BOT

When used as an abbreviation of "robot," bot is a contraction. Some contractions, like bot, use letters of the fully expanded word in sequence. Other contractions, like Dr, use letters from the start and end of the fully expanded version. Contractions can also be formed by replacing a letter or letters with an apostrophe (e.g., can't).

When used with the meaning "Back on Topic," BOT is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Oh Tee). However, it is not often said using its letters.

Example of BOT Used in a Text


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