What Does DTB Mean?

In text messaging, DTB means "Don't Text Back." On social media it means "Don't Trust Bitches" or "Don't Trust Boys."

Here's more information about each of these definitions of DTB, with examples of use.

Don't Text Back

The abbreviation DTB is used with the meaning "Don't Text Back" when the sender does not want the recipient to respond to their message. This may be because they wish to make a statement and do not want a reply, or because they are in a situation where it would be inconvenient to receive a message (e.g., about to enter a meeting or cheating on someone). For example:
  • I never want to see you again. DTB.
  • Sam will be here in five minutes. DTB. I'll let you know when she's gone.
  • I will be home late, as we are about to ambush Boris in the garden with a cake. DTB. The police might use the message as evidence of rule breaking.

Don't Trust Bitches / Don't Trust Boys

DTB is also used with the meanings "Don't Trust Bitches," and "Don't Trust Boys." In this context, DTB is typically used with a hashtag (#) by people with relationship issues when posting about their bitter experience on social media, especially TikTok. For example:
  • Now she's just somebody that I used to know. #DTB.
  • As Gloria Gaynor said, I WILL SURVIVE! #DTB.
The same sentiment is sometimes expressed with the abbreviations DTN ("Don't Trust Nobody") and DTN4L ("Don't Trust Nobody For Life").

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Summary of Key Points

First Definition of DTB

"Don't Text Back" is a common definition for DTB in text messaging.
Definition:Don't Text Back
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of DTB

"Don't Trust Bitches" and "Don't Trust Boys" are common definitions for DTB on social media apps such as TikTok, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Don't Trust Bitches/Don't Trust Boys
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at DTB

DTB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Dee Tee Bee), but it is not often said using its letters.

DTB is normally used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not often used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

Example of DTB Used in a Text


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