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What Does TB Mean in Texting? (Slang Examples)

What does TB mean in a text message? My friend Patrick asked me the other day, “Ryan, what’s the deal with getting TB in a text message? Haha, I got this from someone who was younger and I had no idea what the heck they were talking about!” Well, I’d say that the popularity of texting has certainly created some new communication opportunities between people. If you want to know what the TB meaning truly is, then I guess I’m here to tell you! 🙂

What does TB mean in a text? TB meaning explained…

When someone says “TB” in a text message, it’s them saying… “Throwback!” When someone is saying throwback, they are referring to a memory or a time.

It could also be referring to “thrown back,” which is a way of saying that they are engaging in something that might be perceived as vintage.

Another common use for “TB” is “text back!” This is when someone is asking you to text them back if they haven’t heard from you in a while!

See also: Funny responses to “How are you?”

Alternative meanings

  • Too Bad
  • Tight Booty
  • Text Back

Related: LKR meaning in a text message

Examples in a text

—Examples of TB in a text!

Example one

  • James: Yo! We’re going to do a TB tonight! Heading back to the place where we met.
  • Tim: No way! Alright! That sounds great!

Example two

  • Paul: TB Thursday tonight!
  • Faith: Ohhhh, my!

Related: ONG meaning by text

Responses to TB

—Responses to TB!

Expected responses to TB in a text

  1. No way, a throw back tonight!?
  2. Let’s do it!
  3. Ohhh yeah, throwin’ it back!
  4. Yes, TB Thursday!
  5. Rock out!

See also: TS meaning in a text

Funny responses to TB in a text

  1. You sure you want to throw it back?
  2. Throw it where?
  3. Where are we going to throw it?
  4. How far do we need to throw it? 😉
  5. Okieeee, let’s JAM!

See also: WYA meaning in a text

Q&A about the TB Meaning

—Questions about TB.

What does TB mean when a guy texts it to you?

When a guy texts “TB,” it refers to him saying “thrown back” or “throwback!” Maybe the two of you shared in a memory together or something that you want to revisit (like a first date). That’s how it may get used.

What does TB mean when a girl texts it to you?

If a girl says “TB” it means they are wanting to throw it back to something. A throwback might be an old memory, an old time, or something else that’s a ‘revisit.’

Does TB mean the same thing on social media that it means in text?

Yes, TB does mean the same thing on all social media channels as it does through texting! It’s referring to a throw back! That includes Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Threads, TikTok, and more.


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About the author

Ryan Sanderson (LCSW) Ryan is a game and relationship enthusiast who enjoys all things quizzes, games, fun, love, relationships, and family. He's a licensed social worker and helps families, couples, and children in need. He's spoken about love and relationships on Salon.com, Forbes, and Mirror, to name a few.

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