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[ bee-bee ]


  1. a size of shot, 0.18 inch (0.46 centimeter) in diameter, fired from an air rifle or BB gun.
  2. Also called BB shot. shot of this size.


  1. a quality rating for a corporate or municipal bond, lower than BBB and higher than B.



abbreviation for

  1. ball bearing.
  2. Baseball. base on balls; bases on balls.


  1. bottled in bond.



abbreviation for

  1. bail bond.
  2. baseboard.



abbreviation for

  1. bail bond.
  2. Blue Book.
  3. B'nai B'rith.
  4. Bureau of the Budget.



abbreviation for

  1. Boys' Brigade

symbol for

  1. on Brit pencils double black: denoting a very soft lead



the internet domain name for

  1. Barbados

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Word History and Origins

Origin of BB1

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

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Example Sentences

The 12-year-old boy was shot by a police officer after brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun.

It was later reported that the weapon was a BB gun that appeared to be a .45-caliber pistol.

One woman, BB, is a former pastor who was outed to her congregation before she could even tell her loved ones.

More often than not the rockets prove ineffective, but it only takes one—a golden BB—to change everything.

An illegal stock tip is not the same thing as a swindle; but $68 million buys a lot of basketballs and BB guns.

Shes all the time sending messages to BB, and to soldiers and Injuns and whatnot, and to the animals.

Since the mass aa′bb′ moves uniformly, the external forces acting on it are in equilibrium.

The leaf being broad and flat you pass to c and cc under bb.

The eastern gate (Bb Sharki) and a few vestiges of the colonnades yet remain.

In general, the Bb's doctrines most closely resembled those of the Isma‛ls and Hurfs.


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About This Word

What else does bb mean?

In text messages and online, bb can be short for baby, especially as it’s used as a term of endearment for significant others or friends. In this sense, it can sometimes be pronounced as [bey-bee].

Bb can also be short for quite a few other things, including basketball, bye-bye, the pellets of a BB gun, and some NSFW applications.

Where does bb come from?

Like a lot of digital slang, the various abbreviations of bb spread in the 1990s–2000s in chatting, texting, and general internet activities, all of which favor abbreviations and acronyms for speed and convenience.

BB guns, however, have been around since the 1880s, and were named for the size of the projectile they shoot (between B and BBB size types, or 0.18 inches). BBs were originally shotgun ammo before becoming associated with air guns.

Content warning: the following section contains sexual language.

Bb, as in baby, may have made its way to general text-speak or internet slang from sexual escort websites, where bb encoded such things as barebacking (sex without a condom), big boobs, and big (or bubble) butts. Exchanges between lovers have included bb, for calling each other baby.

How is bb used in real life?

Capital BB typically refers to a BB gun or the projectile shot by them, a BB. It’s also the stock trading symbol (BB) for the software company and former hit phone BlackBerry.

The abbreviation bb, as mentioned, is short for lots of things online. It’s occasionally used as an acronym for basketball and bye-bye.

More commonly, however, bb is short for baby as an affectionate term used of lovers, partners, friends, and even pets. Fans on social media may even gush over their idols by referring to them as bb.

Bb can be all the cuter when coupled with other internet abbreviations or slang: ILY bb gurl (i.e., I love you, baby girl).

More examples of bb:

“Asia Moss, a middle-schooler, says she was shot with a BB when she was younger. She says the kids who are toughest have BB guns, pocket knives or Mace.”
Jonna McKone, NPR, July 2016


This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.