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Meaning of BRB


What Does BRB Mean?

BRB (Be Right Back) is typically used on instant-messaging platforms (e.g., chat rooms, Skype, gaming chat) to announce being away for a short time. BRB was originally used for breaks such as answering the door, going to the toilet, and making a drink (i.e., a break lasting no more than a few minutes).

Of note, BRB is often misused for long breaks, which can be annoying for those expecting the sender to return reasonably quickly.
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Definition for BRB

BRB means "Be Right Back (see also BRBK)". This is the most common definition for BRB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about BRB:

BRB
Definition:Be Right Back
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write BRB, I mean this:

meaning of BRB
BRB gives notification of a short break from the keyboard.
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Examples of BRB in Sentences

Here are examples of BRB being used in conversations:
  • Person A: Doorbell BRB
  • Person B: No worries.
  • Person A: BRB
  • Person B [10 minutes later]: Hello?
  • Person A [30 minutes later]: I'm back. I just popped to the shops for some coke.
  • Person B: Next time, use AFK [Away from keyboard] instead of BRB.

An Academic Look at BRB

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

BRB is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Arr Bee). (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 "back in a jiffy" or "I'll be two shakes of a lamb's tail" instead of BRB.

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Using BRB on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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