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What Does TBH Mean? What it Means and How to Use it in Conversation

By Elisha Baba


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You’re texting a friend when they send TBH, and you aren’t sure what it means. TBH is an acronym often used in texting and online messaging.

What does TBH mean?

“TBH” is an acronym for the words “to be honest,” and it is often used online or in texts by individuals who want to give an honest opinion that may be hurtful to the reader. They can often use it before saying something rude or harsh, and the TBH is meant to prepare the reader.

TBH can also be used to add context to a video on the TikTok or Instagram platform. The acronym has become so popular in recent years that it is common to hear someone saying the letters TBH in person before delivering a harsh truth.

What Does TBH Mean?

How to use TBH

  • “TBH, that doesn’t look good on you at all.”
  • “TBH, I don’t really like him.”
  • “I can’t make it. TBH, I just don’t want to go.”
  • “Can I tell you something TBH?”
  • TBH can be used anytime you want to skip the white lies and proceed with full honesty.

Using TBH the right way

TBH is an easy acronym to use, and you can type it out anytime you want to reveal what is truly in your heart or on your mind. You can send it before your truth or use it somewhere in the middle to reveal the intentions of your words.

TBH Variations

There is one variation of the TBH acronym, and it is TBQH which stands for “to be quite honest.” It is seen as more polite than the TBH acronym though it is less well known.

Should you worry about your child using TBH?

TBH is a mostly harmless texting acronym, but if you see your child using it, you might want to check what they are saying to others after using it. If they are saying mean things to others on the internet, it may be time to discuss with them the consequences of online bullying.