Definition of BBM in English:



  • BlackBerry Messenger, an instant messaging application installed on BlackBerry mobile devices.

    • ‘I bought the BlackBerry primarily because of BBM and because of email security.’
    • ‘Recently, I met up with this guy who I'd been communicating via phone and BBM for about two weeks.’
    • ‘I became so addicted to BBM I actually had to switch to an iPhone to end the madness.’
    • ‘But I get it because I know Blackberry people who cannot survive without their BBM.’
    • ‘All my friends are on BBM, and refuse to try anything else.’
    • ‘I sent a picture I regret sending to someone on BBM and I don't want anyone to trace it back or find it.’
    • ‘A BlackBerry is not really useful to me without BBM and email.’
    • ‘We text all the time and we're always on BBM.’
    • ‘Unlike social networks like Facebook and Twitter, messages sent through BBM cannot be traced back to the sender's phone.’
    • ‘They could support the Prime Minister's strategy by asking passing youths to log in to Facebook, Twitter and BBM.’


  • An instant message that is sent or received using BlackBerry Messenger.

    ‘he just sent me a BBM to remind me’
    • ‘I checked my phone, Niall hadn't replied to my BBM.’
    • ‘Without a moment of hesitation, I take out my phone and begin furiously responding to all of my BBMs.’
    • ‘I turned on my Blackberry and saw so many BBMs I have to read, but ignored it because probably it's not important stuff.’
    • ‘A 15-year-old boy who likes a 15-year-old girl, sends her a BBM and is able to measure how important he is to her based on the speed of response.’
    • ‘One day I left my phone at home and was like "Ugh, I'm going to have so many BBMs and texts and missed calls when I get back."’
    • ‘On my drive home I noticed there were two BBMs from him saying he enjoyed it and he hoped that I made it home safely.’
    • ‘I picked up my phone and had a slew of nasty BBMs from him saying I broke his heart.’
    • ‘My main issue is that there are times when I do not receive any messages, BBMs, texts, or emails.’
    • ‘My aunt sent me the cutest BBM.’
    • ‘Does anyone know of a way to change the text color for BBMs?’


[with object]
  • Send (someone) an instant message using BlackBerry Messenger.

    ‘I BBM him every once in a while’
    • ‘We text, Twitter, and BBM each other all the time - calling's a bit expensive.’
    • ‘Do you think I should BBM him again?’
    • ‘I just wanted to know if I am able to BBM someone in the States if I am from Canada?’
    • ‘This one friend BBMs me before every science exam to share woes about how badly we think it's going to go.’
    • ‘While inter-railing around Europe this summer I was able to 'BBM' my friends at home without worrying about running up a hefty phone bill.’
    • ‘If you need to bolt, BBM me, and I'll call you with an emergency.’
    • ‘She was BBMing me about wanting to go to New York.’
    • ‘Someone just BBMd me asking to borrow my laptop.’
    • ‘I'm constantly texting or BBMing random people I meet.’
    • ‘I managed to sleep in the room by myself for two nights, ordering room service and smoking cuban cigars and BBMing all of my friends back home.’


Early 21st century: from the initial letters of BlackBerry Messenger, from BlackBerry, the proprietary name of the mobile devices on which the messaging application is installed (see BlackBerry).