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Etymology

From Middle English *fukken,[1] probably of North Germanic origin: possibly from Old Norse *fukka, from Proto-Germanic *fukkōną, from Proto-Indo-European *pewǵ- (to strike, punch, stab).

Possibly attested in a 772 AD charter that mentions a place called Fuccerham, which may mean "ham (home) of the fucker" or "hamm (pasture) of the fucker"; a John le Fucker in a record from 1278 may just be a variant of Fulcher, like Fucher, Foker, etc.[2] The earliest unambiguous use of the word in a clearly sexual context, in any stage of English, appears to be in court documents from Cheshire, England, which mention a man called "Roger Fuckebythenavele" (possibly tongue-in-cheek, or directly suggestive of a depraved sexual act) on December 8, 1310.[3][4] It was first listed in a dictionary in 1598.[5] (Scots fuk/fuck is attested slightly earlier.) From 1500 onward, the word has been in continual use, and displaced jape, sard, and swive.[2]

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

Sense 10, from related sense feck.

Pronunciation

Verb

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

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) To have sexual intercourse, to copulate.
    Synonyms: bang, do it, eff, have sex, hump, screw, shag; see also Thesaurus:copulate
    Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.
  2. (vulgar, colloquial, transitive) To have sexual intercourse with.
    Synonyms: bang, eff, give someone one, hump, ream, screw, shag; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
    • 1991, Ted Levine as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb, The Silence of the Lambs, written by Ted Tally:
      Would you fuck me? I'd fuck me. I'd fuck me hard. I'd fuck me so hard.
    • 2007, Lionel Shriver, The post-birthday world, →ISBN:
      She wanted to fuck him more than she had ever wanted to fuck any man in her life.
    • 2018 May 6, John Oliver, “Rudy Giuliani”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 5, episode 10, HBO:
      They’re both New Yorkers coasting on their reputations, they’ve both had three marriages, neither of them can shut up when in front of a camera, and perhaps most importantly, they both want to fuck Ivanka, which-which is weird for Trump because Ivanka is in his family, and it’s weird for Giuliani because she isn’t.
  3. (vulgar, colloquial) 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...
  4. (vulgar, colloquial) To put in an extremely difficult or impossible situation.
    I'm afraid they're gonna fuck you on this one.
  5. (vulgar, colloquial) To defraud, deface or otherwise treat badly.
    I got fucked at the used car lot.
  6. (vulgar, colloquial, often derogatory) Used to express great displeasure with someone or something.
    Synonyms: bugger, eff
    Fuck those jerks, and fuck their stupid rules!
  7. (vulgar, colloquial, usually followed by up) To break, to destroy.
    Synonyms: annihilate, obliterate, ruin; see also Thesaurus:destroy
    • 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...
    • 2004, S. Andrew Swann, Hostile Takeover[2]:
      She knew something had fucked the plan when she grabbed the headset off the door.
    • 2002, Peter Hawes, Royce, Royce, the people's choice[3]:
      Here we are a mile out to sea and you've fucked the motor.
    • 2016, John Peaseland, Astrum Vermis[4]:
      The symbols, all warnings of impending doom, might well have read: “You have fucked the engine, you arsehole.
  8. (vulgar, colloquial) Used in a phrasal verb: fuck with (to play with, to tinker).
    Synonyms: mess, toy
    • 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.
  9. (vulgar, transitive, comedy) To make a joke at one's expense; to make fun of in an embarrassing manner.
  10. (colloquial, vulgar, transitive, Ireland, Scotland) To throw, to lob something. (angrily)
    Synonym: feck
    He fucked the dirty cloth out the window.
    She fucked her mobile at his head in anger.

Translations

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Noun

fuck (plural fucks)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) An act of sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulation
    • 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, 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, 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.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sexual partner
    • 1999, Michael Douglas as Nick Curran, Basic Instinct, written by Joe Eszterhas:
      Let me ask you something, Rocky, man to man. I think she's the fuck of the century, what do you think?
    • 2005, Jaid Black, Strictly Taboo, Berkley Sensations (2005), →ISBN, 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, 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.
    Synonyms: dickhead; see also Thesaurus:jerk
    • 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. (vulgar, colloquial) A thing of no value, a small amount.
    Synonym: shit
    I don't give a fuck.

Translations

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Interjection

fuck

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Expressing dismay or discontent.
    Synonyms: fark, feck, fook, frick; see also Thesaurus:dammit
    Oh, fuck! We left the back door unlocked.
    Fuck! Why do you have to be so difficult all the time?
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) Expressing surprise.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:wow
    Fuck! That movie was good.

Translations

Adverb

fuck (not comparable)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Used as an intensifier for the words "yes" and "no".
    Synonyms: hell, god, shit, heck
    Do you censor your swearing? – Fuck no.
    Do you say it out loud and proud? – Fuck yeah.

Derived terms

Compound terms

Related terms

Particle

fuck

  1. (vulgar, slang, especially African-American Vernacular) Used as a shortened form of various common interrogative phrases.
    People complainin' "Monday again"... course it's Monday; fuck you thought came after Sunday? Sunday Jr.?
    What the fuck did you think came after Sunday?
    Of course it's the mailman. Fuck you thought it was?
    Who the fuck did you think it was?

References

  1. ^ Not directly attested, but found in names, and in code hybridized with Latin in c. 1475, Flen flyys (Hrl 3362), page 91: Fratres Carmeli navigant in a bothe apud Eli, / Non sunt in cœli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk [=fuccant uuiuys of Heli]. / Omnes drencherunt, quia sterisman non habuerunt, / Fratres cum knyvys goth about and txxkxzv nfookt xxzxkt [=suuiuyt mennis uuyuis].
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anatoly Liberman (2008) , “FUCK”, in An Analytic Dictionary of the English Etymology: An Introduction, Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, →ISBN, pages 78-87
  3. ^ The earliest use of the F-word discovered, Medievalists.net, 2015-09-10
  4. ^ Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, "Historian understood to have found first use of word f*** in 1310 English court case", The Independent, 13 September 2015
  5. ^ 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

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Anagrams


Danish

Etymology

Borrowed from English fuck.

Particle

fuck

  1. (swear word) Expresses dislike of the postpositive complement.
    • 2017, Peder Frederik Jensen, Skullfucking, Rosinante & Co (→ISBN)
      Fuck jeres utopi. / Fuck jeres reservepræster, selvudnævnte biskopper uden liturgi.
      Fuck your utopia / Fuck your reserve priests, self-proclaimed bishops without liturgy.
    • 2011, Lyngby Bibliotek, Oprør, BoD – Books on Demand (→ISBN), page 69
      Fuck jer! Fuck jer! Og fuck jeres Gud!
      Fuck you! Fuck you! And fuck your God!

Scots

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle Scots fuk, fuck (to copulate), from Middle English *fukken, *fuken, probably of North Germanic origin: possibly from Old Norse *fukka, from Proto-Germanic *fukkōną.

Verb

fuck (third-person singular present fucks, present participle fuckin, past fucked, past participle fucked)

  1. (vulgar, slang) to fuck
    • c. 1510, William Dunbar, A Brash of Wowing:
      He clappit fast, he kist and chukkit, / As with the glaikis he wer ouirgane, / Ȝit be his feirris he wald have fukkit; / ‘Ȝe brek my hart, my bony ane!’
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