TBS

What Does TBS Mean?

TBS means "To Be Specified" or "To Be Specific" or "Tablespoon".

"To Be Specified". The abbreviation TBS is used with the meaning "To Be Specified" to indicate that something will be defined at some point in the future.

"To Be Specific". TBS is also used with the meaning "To Be Specific", to indicate that the sender is providing precise, detailed information. In this context, TBS means the same as the abbreviation TBX (To Be Exact).

"Tablespoon". TBS is also a short form of the word "Tablespoon", when used as a unit of measure in recipe books. In this context, TBS is typically printed in lower case (i.e., as "tbs") and may also be abbreviated as "tbsp".

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for TBS

TBS means "To Be Specified". This is the most common definition for TBS on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter.

TBS
Definition:To Be Specified
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for TBS

TBS also means "To Be Specific":

TBS
Definition:To Be Specific
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for TBS

TBS also means "Tablespoon":

TBS
Definition:Tablespoon
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write TBS, I mean this:

meaning of TBS
TBS also means "To Be Specified" and "To Be Specific".

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Examples of TBS in Sentences

Here are examples of TBS being used in conversations:
  • Cassie: What colour are the bridesmaid dresses?
  • Lisa: TBS.
  • (Here TBS means "To Be Specified".)
  • Grace: What did I do wrong.
  • Nicky: TBS? Be born!
  • (Here TBS means "To Be Specific".)
  • Bill: How much thickener should I add?
  • Nicky: Try a TBS. You can add more if it needs it.
  • (Here TBS means "Tablespoon".)

An Academic Look at TBS

When used with the meaning "To Be Specified" or "To Be Specific", TBS is classified as an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e.,"Tee Bee Ess"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Of note, the word "specify" is thought to originate from Medieval Latin word "specificare" meaning "to describe".

When used with the meaning "Tablespoon", TBS is a contraction.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "To Be Specified" or "To Be Specific" instead of using the abbreviation TBS. In recipes, the use of TBS to mean "Tablespoon" long predates the digital era.

Example of TBS Used in a Text

 
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See Also

QSL (Confirmed) ITYL (I'll Tell You Later) TBMS (To Be More Specific)