What Does DEBO Mean?

DEBO means "To Steal" and "Owned" (as in "totally Beaten or Outdone.") It is based on a character played by Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.

DEBO is a popular misspelling of the name of the character "DEEBO" in the 1995 movie "Friday" and the 2000 sequel "Next Friday."

In the movies, DEBO (played by Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.) bullies the principal character (played by rapper Ice Cube). The actions of DEBO led to his name being adopted to refer to stealing, or to "owning" a person (i.e., totally beating or outdoing them). For example:
  • Ali: The cops caught Lee DEBOing batteries.
  • Lou: Oh no! What happened?
  • Ali: They charged him!
  • (Here, DEBO means "Stealing.")
  • Gamer 1: Good game. I nearly had you there.
  • Gamer 2: No way! I totally DEBO'd you!
  • (Here DEBO means "Beat.")
"Tiny" Lister was previously a professional wrestler. He appeared in a variety of movies as well as TV series and music videos. He died on 10 December 2020, at the age of 62. Here are a few clips of him in his most popular role:

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Video Summarizing DEBO

Here's a short video explaining how to use DEBO:

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Summary of Key Points

First Definition of DEBO

"To Steal" is the most common definition for DEBO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:To Steal
Type:Slang Word
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of DEBO

"Owned" (as in "Totally Beaten or Outdone") is another common definition for DEBO.
Type:Slang Word
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at DEBO

DEBO is a slang word and a neologism.

Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users. A neologism is a newly coined word or phrase.

Example of DEBO Used in a Text


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