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Meaning of TBH


What Does TBH Mean?

TBH usually means "To Be Honest", but it can also mean "Honest Opinion". When it means To Be Honest, TBH often starts a sentence. For example:
  • TBH, I preferred your old hairstyle.
"To Be Honest" was the original meaning of TBH, but nowadays it often just means "Honest Opinion" or "Honest Comment". Using TBH as a noun in this way is particularly common on Snapchat. For example:
  • Like my recent (LMR) picture, and I'll post some TBHs.
  • (Like my recent picture and I'll post some honest opinions [on your profile].)
Of note, TBH was originally used with a blunt or slightly antagonistic statement to suggest the statement derived from sincerity. In other words, TBH was used to protect the author of an overly candid statement by serving as a caveat with the meaning "I'm only telling you this because I am being truthful." However, TBH has become so common on social-media platforms like Facebook and in chat rooms, its meaning has now been diluted. The meaning of TBH can now range from "I think..." to "I'm sorry for being blunt, but..."
Summary of Key Points

Definition for TBH

TBH means "To Be Honest" or "Honest Opinion" (especially on Snapchat). This is the most common definition for TBH on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about TBH:

TBH
Definition:To Be Honest or Honest Opinion
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write TBH, I mean this:

meaning of TBH
This image shows a man holding his hands over his heart, which is a common gesture to portray sincerity.
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Examples of TBH in Sentences

Here are some examples of TBH being used in sentences:
  • Person A: Did you enjoy my party?
  • Person B: TBH, I didn't like the music.
  • Person A: Do you really think that selfie made me look like a hamster?
  • Person B: That's my TBH.

An Academic Look at TBH

TBH is an infinitive phrase. It is typically used as an adjective phrase meaning "Speaking with complete honesty". For example:
  • I don't like your new boyfriend tbh.
  • (Speaking with complete honesty, I don't like your new boyfriend.)
    (Note: Speaking with complete honesty is a type of adjective phrase called a participle phrase.)
Of note, TBH is now used increasingly like a noun meaning "honest opinion". For example:
  • Do you want my TBH?
  • (Here, TBH is used as a noun.)
TBH is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Tee Be Aich). (Note: Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

A Text with TBH

Using TBH on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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