What Does SOB Mean in a Text?

SOB means "Son of a Bitch."

SOB is used in text messaging and online as an abbreviation of the term "Son of a Bitch."

SOB is typically used as an offensive insult. However, it can also be used as an interjection (to express surprise, anger, etc.), or to express an opinion (usually negative, but sometimes positive) about someone or something. For example:
  • You're a lying SOB!
  • (Here, SOB is an offensive insult.)
  • SOB! We won!
  • (Here, SOB is an interjection, expressing surprise.)
  • He's a good looking SOB.
  • (Here, SOB expresses a positive opinion.)
  • The drive down here was a complete SOB.
  • (Here, SOB expresses a negative opinion.)

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When I write SOB, I mean this:

meaning of SOB

SOB is usually, but not always, an insult.

Summary of Key Points

"Son of a Bitch" is the most common definition for SOB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Son of a Bitch
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at SOB

SOB is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Ess Oh Bee), but it is not often said using its letters.

SOB is a noun phrase (a group of words which play the role of a single noun). The head word in a noun phrase will be a noun or a pronoun. (In this case, the head word is the noun son.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "son of a bitch" instead of using SOB.

Example of SOB Used in a Text

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