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What Does OB Mean?

OB means "Open Beta" and "Oh Brother!".

Open Beta

OB is an abbreviation used in gaming and computing with the meaning "Open Beta" to refer to games or programmes that are in the final phase of development and are considered almost ready for release. OB versions of products are made available to the general public for testing in a real-world environment, in order to check for problems or glitches before commercial release.

OB contrasts with CB (Closed Beta), which refers to an earlier stage of development, in which products are only made available to invited users for testing. (Also see BETA).

Oh Brother!

In text messaging, OB is also sometimes used as an interjection, with the meaning "Oh Brother!". In this context, it is usually typed with an exclamation mark (i.e., OB!).

Summary of Key Points

"Open Beta" is the most common definition for OB on gaming apps, such as Discord, TeamSpeak and Telegram, as well as on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
OB
Definition:Open Beta
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
"Oh, Brother" is another common definition for OB.
OB
Definition:Oh, Brother
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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Examples of OB in Sentences

Here are examples of OB being used in conversations:
  • Boris: Have you played the OB version of Clowns of DC 2?
  • Betty: Yes. It's so full of glitches. I don't understand how it even got to OB.
  • (Here, OB is being used with the meaning "Open Beta.")
  • Bonnie: The boss came in and saw that you had left early.
  • Chris: OB! I'm doomed!
  • (Here, OB is being used with the meaning "Oh Brother!".)

Example of OB Used in a Text

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