DBI is an acronym you may have come across on TikTok or other apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Twitter. But what does this term mean?
TikTok reigns supreme as a hub for viral content. Like many apps, it creates many slang terms and acronyms that people use to communicate.
Some of these originated from TikTok, but many predate the platform and are often used on other apps like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
One acronym you may encounter when browsing the For You Site is ‘DBI’, whether someone wrote it in a comment or in a message sent directly to you. Here’s everything there is to know about what it means and when it’s used.
DBI definition on TikTok
On TikTok, DBI often stands for ‘Don’t Beg It’. This slang originated in the UK and its main usage is to call someone who is acting desperate, overeager, or just trying too hard to fit in and appear cool.
For example, let’s say a TikToker posts a video that attempts to imitate a trending dance but adds unnecessary over-the-top expressions. In that case, you might see comments like “DBI, you’re trying too hard.”
Likewise, if someone leaves excessive comments on a celebrity’s post in hopes of getting noticed, other users may call out “DBI” to show desperation.
Although it is commonly used on TikTok, the term was not coined on the platform. You can see it used on many social media apps, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.
If any other slang terms or phrases have you confused on TikTok, you can check out our guide here to learn all about the most popular words and acronyms on the app.