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What Does RBAU Mean?

RBAU (Right Back At You) means "the same to you" or "ditto." RBAU can be used to return a negative or a positive comment. For example:
  • Tony: Have a good flight.
  • Jordan: RBAU.
  • (Here, RBAU means "I wish you a good flight too.")
  • Tony: You are a pleb!
  • Jordan: RBAU.
  • (Here, RBAU means "I think you're a pleb too.")
In informal writing or when said aloud, RBAU is often expanded to "right back atcha."

Summary of Key Points

"Right Back at You" is the most common definition for RBAU on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
RBAU
Definition:Right Back at You
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write RBAU, I mean this:

meaning of RBAU
RBAU is often expanded to "Right back at ya" or "Right back atcha."

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Examples of RBAU in Sentences

Here are examples of RBAU being used in conversations:
  • Person A: I love you.
  • Jordan: RBAU, my darling.
  • Person A: Get lost!
  • Jordan: RBAU

An Academic Look at RBAU

RBAU is not used as a part of speech in a wider sentence. It is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence with a meaning similar to "I give you what you gave me."

Of note, RBAU is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ar Bee Ay Yoo). (Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "the same to you" or even "the same to you with brass knobs on" instead of RBAU.

Example of RBAU Used in a Text

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See Also

RBAY (right back at you) DIDDO (ditto) DIDO (ditto) S2U (same to you)