What Does ILYB Mean in a Text?

Expressing Love in a Text

There are over 100 novel ways to express love in a text message. Some of them were invented by the iKids (i.e., Millennials, Generation Z, and Generation A), making them just a few decades old, but many of them have been around for centuries. Here's the one that matters to you: ILYB means "I Love You Baby" and "I Love You Both."

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The abbreviation ILYB is most commonly used with the meaning "I Love You Baby," as a term of affection between two people who are romantically involved. ILYB is also used with the meaning "I Love You Both." In this context, ILYB is typically used by a child or young adult when saying goodbye to parents or grandparents. It could also be used to declare that someone is romantically attached to two people.

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When I write ILYB, I mean this:

meaning of ILYB

ILYB also used with the meaning "I Love You Baby."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for ILYB

ILYB means "I Love You Baby." This is the most common definition for ILYB in texting and on messaging apps like Instagram and TikTok.
Definition:I Love You Baby
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for ILYB

ILYB also means "I Love You Both":
Definition:I Love You Both
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ILYB in Sentences

Here are examples of ILYB in conversations:
  • Parents: We're so proud of what you've achieved.
  • Child: I couldn't have done it without your help. ILYB so much.
  • Anna: You've got to choose between me and Anita.
  • Serge: I can't, ILYB.

An Academic Look at ILYB

The abbreviation ILYB is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not normally used as another part of speech within a wider sentence. As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eye Ell Why Bee"), ILYB is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "I Love You Baby" or "I Love You Both" instead of using ILYB.

Example of ILYB Used in a Text

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