English

edit

Etymology

edit

Perhaps modelled after the hell, short for in the hell as in "What in the hell, ...".

Pronunciation

edit

Phrase

edit

the fuck

  1. (vulgar, slang) Used with an interrogative pronoun as an intensifier to express anger, frustration, incredulity, or other strong emotion.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:the dickens
  2. (vulgar, slang) Used after verbs forming a part of a phrasal verb as an intensifier to imply aggressive emphasis.
    calm the fuck down!
    back the fuck off!
    stay the fuck away from me!
    Hurry the fuck up.
    • 2004, Pun Plamondon, Lost from the Ottawa, page 84:
      “Get the fuck out of my house!” Sinclair bellowed, his face red, eyes bulging.
    • 2007, Ron Liebman, Death by Rodrigo, New York: Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, page 134:
      Ponytail tells fat boy, Drive the fuck off, get us out of here. He keeps the window down, still death-staring, You mine, motherfucker, wait and see, at Mickie.
  3. (vulgar, slang, by ellipsis) Used as a shortened form of the common interrogative phrases.
    The fuck did you come from?Where the fuck did you come from?
    The fuck do you know all of this!?How the fuck do you know all of this?
    The fuck was that?What the fuck was that?
    The fuck you think you are?!Who the fuck do you think you are?
    The fuck?(said incredulously; also as what the fuck?)
  4. (vulgar, slang) Used to emphatically express that something isn't true.
    —Mom, I'm going out with my friends tonight. —The fuck you are!
    • 1997, Robert Stone, Dog Soldiers, page 88:
      ‘You're not a self-respecting person.’
      The fuck I ain't,’ the kid said.
  5. (vulgar, slang, African-American Vernacular) Used to emphasize an adjective; fucking.
    I'm feeling the fuck good today.
    • 2005, Daaimah S. Poole, What's Real, New York, N.Y.: Dafina Books, →ISBN, page 113:
      "Not really. It was okay. Fucking Natalie's cousin was down there thinking she was the fuck cute. That bitch came up! She met a fucking dude that play for the damn NFL," I said as I sat down.
    • 2016, Ioan Grillo, Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America, New York, N.Y. []: Bloomsbury Press, →ISBN, page 349:
      Dudley [Althaus] taught me countless things about being a journalist. But the best advice was in three words: "Maybe I'm wrong." You get into a story. You think you have it figured out. But wait, "Maybe I'm the fuck wrong." Then you get deeper into it and discover things you had never thought of.
    • 2019, Tonya Williams, Give Them a Reason to Hate You Shawty: A Hood Love Story, Shan Presents, →ISBN, page 161:
      "You can come over whenever you want to. I just got my stuff settled in here. You gon have to mind the place cause I haven't put anything up yet. I stay in Dunwoody. Close to Perimeter," I threw in there, so she would know that I was living the fuck goodt.
    • 2023 August 4, @mainbitchclique, Twitter[4], archived from the original on 19 January 2024:
      rihanna ate kiss it better so tf bad

Derived terms

edit
edit

Translations

edit

Anagrams

edit