What Does OBOE Mean?

Oboe means "Penis." In software design it means "Off-By-One Error." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.


On social media and chat forums, oboe means "penis." It is a slang term, usually combined with the color purple or pink, to leave no room for doubt. For example:
  • Sam: Ali is very musically talented.
  • Lee: An expert with the pink oboe too, I hear.

Off-By-One Error

In software design, OBOE is an acronym meaning "Off-By-One Error." In this context, OBOE refers to an error in logic error where a value is specified incorrectly and is either one more or one less than it should be.
  • There are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and OBOEs.

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meaning of OBOE


Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Penis" is the most common definition for oboe on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

In computing, OBOE means "Off-By-One Error."
Definition:Off-By-One Error
Guessability:guessability level 5

5: Extremely difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Example of OBOE Used in a Text

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