BBW

1. What does BBW stand for?

Big beautiful women

BBW is an acronym for "big beautiful women," which refers to "plus-size" women. The term comes from the BBW magazine, which was created by Carole Shaw in 1979.

The acronym is part of a positive body image movement aimed at encouraging women to be more natural and proud of their bodies. It is part of the message that women don't have to be small to be beautiful.

Example

"There are several BBW on that new reality TV show."
February 1989 issue of BBW magazine

February 1989 issue of BBW magazine

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Last Updated: October 25, 2017

2. What does BBW stand for?

Be back whenever

Typically used when leaving an online chat session; a little more ambiguous than BRB or BBIAB.

Example

"Well, I have to go do some shopping now. BBW."

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Last Updated: January 22, 2014

3. What does BBW stand for?

Big black women

BBW can stand for "big black women." However, this meaning is much less common than "big beautiful women."

People who use BBW to mean "big black women" may also use the acronym BBBW, which stands for "big beautiful black women." If you receive a message that uses the acronym BBW to reference a woman, it is probably best to assume the referenced woman is beautiful, regardless of the acronym's "actual" meaning.

Example

"That new movie has a lot of BBW in it."
"Big beautiful women?"
"No, big black women (who are beautiful, though)."

BBW can mean "big black women"

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Last Updated: November 17, 2020

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