What Does Mean BRB?

What Does Mean BRB?
What Does Mean BRB?

BRB (Be Right Back) is one of the more polite online abbreviations; Respectfully let the fellow partner know that you are taking a brief leave from your keyboard.


Traditionally, however, BRB refers to a Big Red button, which is an important, non-descript button connected to a power, reset, burst, self-destruct, emergency shut-down, or ejection switch. The only real rule for BRB is “Do not press”, unless it is a very serious situation.

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One of the most interesting uses is during the Cold War, when BRB was used in fictional writing to describe a device that may have been a nuclear-destructive nuclear doomsday.


Other Big Red buttons have been used in car ignition, computing, and cartooning. BRB is also featured in an iPhone app.

MeaningBe right back
TypeAcronym
Rank★ ★ ★  Common
UsageOnline Only (chat, messaging, e-mail)
CommentsBRB means be right back. It is one of the most commonly used acronyms in online chat and texting. It communicates that the person is leaving for a moment, but will be back shortly.
Example“I need to get another can of pop, brb!”
UpdatedNovember 8, 2018

MeaningBathroom break
TypeAcronym
Rank★ ☆ ☆  Uncommon
UsageOnline Only (chat, messaging, e-mail)
CommentsMeans the person has to use the bathroom; not as common of a meaning as “Be right back.”
UpdatedAugust 1, 2013