What Does TBT Mean?

TBT means "Truth Be Told". Similar to "To Be Honest" and "To Be Fair", it is used when admitting something you might otherwise lie about. TBT is not to be confused with #TBT - a social media hashtag meaning "Throwback Thursday".

Summary of Key Points

"Truth Be Told" is the most common definition for TBT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:Truth Be Told
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for TBT

When I write TBT, I mean this:

meaning of TBT
The image shows a man swearing on the bible.


Examples of TBT in Sentences

Here are examples of TBT being used in conversations:
  • Person A: Have you heard Chris's new band?
  • Person B: Yeah but TBT it's not my thing.
  • Person A: TBT I actually quite like her.
  • Person B: Wish I could say the same!

An Academic Look at TBT

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Tee Bee Tee"), TBT is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "To Be Honest" instead of TBT.

Example of TBT Used in a Text


See Also

TBH (to be honest) TBF (to be fair) ATTT (ain't that the truth) 2BH (to be honest)