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Etymology

Unknown, but probably from Middle English *fucken, *fukken, of North Germanic origin, related to dialectal Norwegian fukka (to copulate; fuck), Swedish fokka (earlier "to fuck; thrust; push", nowadays focka (to fire from work)), Swedish fock (penis), and Middle Dutch (and Modern Dutch) fokken (to breed). It may go back to the Proto-Indo-European *pug-, *puǵ- ("to strike"; source of Latin pūgnus (fist) among many others), or to Proto-Indo-European *puḱn-, *pewḱ- ("to sting, stick, stab"; compare German ficken (to fuck)). The word may be attested in a 772 charter which mentions a place called Fuccerham, which possibly means “ham of the fucker” or “hamm (pasture) of the fucker”. The first verifiable use of the word in English writing appears in Flen flyys and freris, a medieval poem (1495–1505) containing the pseudo-Latin form fvccant; it was first listed in a dictionary in 1598.[1]

The Scots cognate, fuk, fuck, appears in 16th century sources,[2] the earliest being the 1503 poem “Brash of Wowing” by William Dunbar,[3] which includes the lines: “Yit be his feirris he wald haif fukkit: / Ye brek my hairt, my bony ane.”

A range of folk-etymological backronyms has been advanced, such as "fornication under consent of the king" and "for unlawful carnal knowledge", which are all demonstrably false.

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Verb

fuck (third-person singular simple present fucks, present participle fucking, simple past and past participle fucked)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial, often obscene) To have sexual intercourse, to copulate.
    Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.
    • 2007, Lionel Shriver, The post-birthday world
      She wanted to fuck him more than she had ever wanted to fuck any man in her life.
  2. (vulgar, colloquial, often obscene) To insert one’s penis, a dildo or other phallic object, into a specified orifice or cleft.
    • 2006, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Glamour Girls: Femme/Femme Erotica
      She shoved them up and together, pushing into me, forcing my foot to fuck her tits harder and harder while gasping as if I was shoving it deep into her body...
  3. (vulgar, colloquial) To put in an extremely difficult or impossible situation.
    If you do that, I’m fucked.
    I'm afraid they're gonna fuck you on this one.
  4. (vulgar, colloquial, usually followed by “up”) To break; to destroy.
    You’re going to fuck up that TV!
    I fucked up my truck.
    • 2001, Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days
      Goodman says he wants him to come in tomorrow and Moses is so afraid he's fucked up his chance again that he says yeah...
  5. (vulgar, colloquial) To defraud.
    I got fucked at the used car lot.
  6. (vulgar, colloquial) To play with; to tinker.
    Stop fucking with the remote control.
    • 2006, Kilian Betlach, This Feels Like A Riot Looks
      They couldn't hear a single note Ted was playing and the sound guy kept yelling at them to stop fucking with the levels so he could make adjustments.
  7. (vulgar, colloquial, often derogatory) Used to express great displeasure with someone or something.
    Fuck those jerks, and fuck their stupid rules!
  8. (vulgar, colloquial, often offensive) To lose care for, to forget, to disregard, to no longer regard as important.
    Well, fuck you, man.

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Noun

fuck (plural fucks)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) An act of sexual intercourse.
    • 1975, Alexander Buzo, Tom, page 11:
      No, but I've got a film of a couple of crocodiles having a fuck.
    • 2001, Thomas Kelly, The Rackets, MysteriousPress.com (2012), ISBN 9781453247341, unnumbered page:
      He could count on a good fuck with Lorene later on.
    • 2012, Heather Rutman, The Girl's Guide to Depravity: How to Get Laid Without Getting Screwed, Running Press (2012), ISBN 9780762445356, unnumbered page:
      Are guys so intimidated by a girl who's totally blunt about the fact that she just wants a good fuck that they can't perform?
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) A sexual partner, especially a casual one.
    • I thought she was the fuck of the century. Michael Douglas, Basic Instinct, 1999
    • 2005, Jaid Black, Strictly Taboo, Berkley Sensations (2005), ISBN 9780425202456, unnumbered page:
      In his mind, she was probably just another fuck, but in hers it had meant so much more than that.
    • 2005, Etgar Keret, The Nimrod Flip-Out:
      If he's a lousy fuck, I can at least say I had a lousy fuck, and if he's a great fuck, well that's even better...
    • 2008, Nicole Galland, Crossed, Harper (2008), ISBN 9780060841805, page 32:
      “He'd rather have his favorite fuck with him on the greatest adventure of his life than pay money to lie with ugly strangers. []
  3. (vulgar, colloquial) A highly contemptible person.
    • 1965, Gershon Legman, Rationale of the Dirty Joke: An Analysis of Sexual Humor:
      Finally he gets up his courage, crosses over to her and says in her ear, "Hello, Beautiful. Whaddya say to a little fuck?" She measures him coolly with her eyes. "Hello, little fuck."
    • 2002, Robert Williams, The Remembrance
      She used to be a secretary but then she realized that she could run a business a hell of a lot better than those stupid fucks could.
  4. A thing of no value, a small amount.
    I don't give a fuck.

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Interjection

fuck

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Expressing dismay or discontent.
    Oh, fuck! We left the back door unlocked.
    Fuck! Why do you have to be so difficult all the time?

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Adverb

fuck (not comparable)

  1. Used as an intensifier for the words "yes" and "no".
    Do you censor your swearing?
    Fuck no.
    Do you say it out loud and proud?
    Fuck yeah.

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References

  1. ^ Can a Woman “Prong” a Man? Why it’s so hard to put sex in the dictionary, by Jesse Sheidlower, 2009-10-01, Slate.com
  2. ^ Dictionary of the Scots language: Fuk, Fuck, citing William Dunbar and David Lyndsay (Lyndsay’s Answer to the Kingis Flyting 1536 and Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis, 1540), as collected in the Bannatyne Manuscript.
  3. ^ Incipit of poem: ‘In secret place this hyndir nycht’

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