What does FOB stand for?

Fresh off the boat

When you see the term ‘FOB’, it is an acronym that stands for “fresh off the boat”. This is a slang expression that people use to refer to someone who is a newcomer from a foreign country. The phrase has a history linked to the time when people mostly traveled by boat, especially immigrants coming to America.

It’s important to note that ‘FOB’ is often linked with Asian Americans and some people might find it offensive. So, it’s better to use a different word when talking about a newly arrived immigrant or a foreigner, in order to avoid any possible insult.

Another usage of ‘FOB’ can be in relation to a TV show called Fresh off the Boat that aired from 2015 to 2020. This show was inspired by the autobiographical book written in 2013 by a person named, let’s say, John Doe. The plot of the show revolves around the life and experiences of a Taiwanese-American family trying to fit into American society.

Example for using ‘FOB’ in a conversation

Hey, did you meet the new guy in our class?

Yeah, he’s from China. Total FOB! πŸ˜„

What’s FOB? I’ve heard it before but not sure what it means.

FOB stands for “fresh off the boat.” It’s a term used for immigrants or people from foreign countries.