What Does INB4 Mean?

INB4 (In Before) can be used "to steal someone's thunder" (i.e., grab the glory for yourself) or "to beat someone to the punch" (i.e., head off an expected retort). In summary, it means to get a response in quickly before someone else does.

Summary of Key Points

"In before (already mentioned)" is the most common definition for INB4 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:In before
(Beating someone to the punch)
Type:Word and Abbreviation
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for INB4

When I write INB4, I mean this:

meaning of INB4
INB4 means getting in first.


Examples of INB4 in Sentences

Here are examples of INB4 being used in sentences:
  • Tony: Did you see Game of Thrones last night?
  • Jordan: Not yet
  • Person C: INB4 John Snow dies.
  • Jordan: Thanks…not
  • Tony: 8===D (What is this?)
  • (Here, Person C is grabbing the glory for himself.)
  • Tony: I am making seafood pizza tonight.
  • Tony: INB4 Yes I know the last one made you ill.
  • Jordan: You know it!
  • (Here, Person B is heading off an expected retort.)

An Academic Look at INB4

INB4 is typically used like an adverb of time meaning "Before you say anything."

Adverbs typically modify verbs. When INB4 is used, the verb is inferred. In full, a message starting with INB4 would read I am saying x, before you say anything. In Cyber Speak, this manifests itself as:
  • INB4 x

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have written something like "Spoiler alert" or "Yes, I know what you're going say" instead of INB4.

Example of INB4 Used in a Text


See Also

B4U (before you) IB4TL (in before the lock) IBL (in before lock) IBTD (in before the delete) IBTL (in before the lock) LICKED (beaten)