- (used as an intensifier).
Origin of effing
1940–45; euphemism for fucking, with eff as spelled form of the name of the initial letter
- fuck: Stop effing around and get to work! Eff you, you lout!
- the word “fuck”; the f-word: peppering his speech with superfluous and highly offensive effs.
- eff off, Go away!: Eff off and die, you piece of Martian scum!
Origin of eff
1940–45; euphemism for fuck, with eff as spelled form of the name of the initial letter
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Examples from the Web for effing
This is a magnanimous gesture, and the effing MF is given to the opposite—sociopathic selfishness to exponential extremes.Madoff Victim Alexandra Penney on His Guilty Plea
March 10, 2009
- euphemism for fuck taboo eff off
- eff and blind slang to use obscene language
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Word Origin and History for effing
1943, euphemism for fuck, representing the sound of its first letter. Related: Effing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper