What does "BBL" Mean? TikTok and Internet Slang Definition (2022)

What does BBL mean? Does it mean Brazilian Butt Lift? Or does it mean Be Back Later? This acronym has undergone a change in meaning in recent years. When the abbreviation "BBL" is used, it's hard to understand the full meaning in order to comprehend the sentence or communication.

Learn what "BBL" means in this short guide...

BBL meaning

"BBL" meaning and definition

The term "BBL" most commonly means, "Be Back Later." It is internet slang for when someone is going to be away from their phone or computer. It is similar to someone using the acronym "BRB," which means "Be Right Back."

In short, the definition means to be away from responding to the other person if they happen to text them.

BBL getting used in a text message between two friends

History of the acronym "BBL"

"BBL," according to Urban Dictionary, dates back to the early days of the internet. As far back as 2004 to 2006. Similar abbreviations for slang terms would be "LOL" or "OMG." Both of which were coined around the start of AOL Instant Messenger. Which was a precursor to our modern day text messaging.

Recent uses of "BBL" on TikTok (new meanings)

A more recent trend has appeared on TikTok in 2021. Which is where someone is referring to the plastic surgery procedure known as a Brazilian Butt Lift. It is a plastic surgery procedure where someone takes fat from one area of their body and puts it into their buttocks. Causing the appearance of the persons buttocks to be larger, change shape, and have more definition.

Most of the "BBL" TikTok themes are referring to these cosmetic procedures. Learn more about the BBL procedure here.

Example of "BBL" getting used over text messages

Here are examples of a person using "BBL" in text message conversation:

Example one

Friend 1: "Hey, I need to go run some errands. BBL!"

Friend 2: "Okay, talk to you when you get back.

In this example, the first friend is using the acronym "BBL" to inform the other friend that they are doing to be away from their computer and away from responding to them. It is a way to manage expectations around the response time.

Example two

Friend 1: "BBL!"

Friend 2: "Okay, no problem!"

This second example shows the "BBL" acronym getting used alone, without other words or sentences around it. Still meaning, "Be Back Later."

Similar short forms and abbreviations

Here are other internet slang terms commonly used:

BRB: Referring to the phrase, "Be Right Back."

Short form and slang guides

Other short form and slang guides to help understand acronyms used by friends:

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