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What Does HB Mean?

The abbreviation HB has a number of meanings, including "Hurry Back," "Happy Birthday," "Hot Babe," "How About?" and "Hemoglobin." Here is more information about each of these meanings of HB, together with examples of use.

Hurry Back

HB is commonly used in text messaging and online chats with the meaning "Hurry back." It is an instruction to someone to return as quickly as possible, typically used when they have had to temporarily leave a conversation or game. For example:
  • Player 1: Someone's at the door. Back in a jiffy.
  • Player 2: HB. I can't hold these off for long on my own.

Happy Birthday

HB is sometimes used with the meaning "Happy Birthday" to wish someone all the best on their birthday. For example:
  • Lee: Today's my birthday.
  • Boss: Well HB to you! For your present, I need you to work over tonight.

Hot Babe

Amongst teenage boys and young men, HB is sometimes used with the meaning "Hot Babe" to refer to a an attractive and sexy woman. For example:
  • Danny: Did you see Game of Thrones last night?
  • Sam: Never miss it! Hate the show, but Daenerys is one HB!

How About?

HB is used with the meaning "How About?" (more specifically "How 'bout?") to prefix a suggestion or question. For example:
  • Fran: We must get together for a drink sometime.
  • Mel: HB next Friday?

Hemoglobin

In medical circles, the abbreviation Hb is used to refer to hemoglobin (haemoglobin in British English), the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of HB

Hurry Back is a common definition for HB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
HB
Definition:Hurry Back
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of HB

Happy Birthday is another common definition for HB.
HB
Definition:Happy Birthday
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition of HB

Hot Babe is another definition for HB.
HB
Definition:Hot Babe
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Fourth Definition for HB

HB also means "How About?"
HB
Definition:How About?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Specialists

Fifth Definition of HB

In medical circles, Hemoglobin is a common definition for HB.
HB
Definition:Hemoglobin
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
5: Extremely difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Specialists

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When I write HB, I mean this:

meaning of HB
HB also means "Hurry Back," "Hot Babe," "How About?" and "Hemoglobin."

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An Academic Look at HB

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Aitch Bee"), HB is classified as an initialism abbreviation. However, HB is not often spoken using its letters. It is usually employed for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

When used with the meaning "How About?" HB usually plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question). However, even when used as a question, it is commonly seen without a question mark (i.e., it can be written "HB?" or "HB").

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Hurry Back," "Happy Birthday," "Hot Babe," or "How About?" instead of using HB. The use of Hb as an abbreviation for "Hemoglobin" long pre-dates the digital era.

Example of HB Used in a Text

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See Also

JET (to leave in a hurry) HBTU (Happy Birthday to you) HGL (happy go lucky) HNY (Happy New Year) HVD (Happy Valentine's Day) MHR (many happy returns) HAC (hot Asian chick) HAWT (hot) HAWTSOME (hot and awesome) HFFA (hot from far away)