What Does IDBI Mean?

IDBI means "I Don't Believe It". When taken literally, the abbreviation IDBI indicates that the sender believes that what they have just been told is false. However, IDBI is more often used to express exasperation, surprise or anger, rather than actual disbelief.

The phrase "I Don't Believe It!" was the catchphrase of Victor Meldrew, a famously dour character in the hit UK TV sitcom "One Foot In The Grave".

Summary of Key Points

"I Don't Believe It" is the most common definition for IDBI on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:I Don't Believe It
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write IDBI, I mean this:

meaning of IDBI
IDBI is usually an expression of surprise, exasperation or anger.


Examples of IDBI in Sentences

Here are examples of IDBI being used in conversations:
  • Simon: I've won 3,000 from the lottery.
  • Dan: IDBI! I've bought a ticket every week for a year and never won a thing.
  • Seleena: I'm seeing James again.
  • Nizram: IDBI! After all you said. Are you mad?

An Academic Look at IDBI

IDBI is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eye Dee Bee Eye), but as this is harder to say than "I don't believe it", it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation IDBI is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "I Don't Believe It" instead of using IDBI.

Example of IDBI Used in a Text


See Also

CYBI (Can You Believe It?) DBI (Don't Believe It) ICB (I Can't Believe) ICBI (I Can't Believe It) IDBY (I Don't Believe You)