What does FOB stand for?

Fresh off the boat

FOB stands for "fresh off the boat," a slang phrase referring to an immigrant or someone from a foreign country. Before aviation became more commonplace, immigrants often arrived in America by boat, which is where the saying originates.

The saying is most often connected to Asian Americans, who may consider it derogatory. Therefore, you should choose another term to refer to a new immigrant or foreigner to the country not to offend people.

Additionally, people may use FOB to refer to the Fresh off the Boat TV show that ran from 2015 to 2020. The show is loosely based on Eddie Huang's 2013 autobiography and focuses on the assimilation of a Taiwanese-American family.


He is FOB, so he still has a pretty strong accent

FOB lament

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Updated February 6, 2023

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