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fuckboy or fuck boy

What does fuckboy mean?

In mainstream culture, a fuckboy is a guy who doesn’t respect women, yet relies on them heavily. He’s a guy who’s distant, doesn’t care about a woman’s time, and won’t commit. He’s self-absorbed and is never looking for anything serious relationship-wise.

A fuckboy could also refer to a guy who is always doing stupid things and getting into trouble.

Where does fuckboy come from?

Perhaps the earliest use of fuckboy in the mainstream was in the 2002 song “Boy Boy” by rapper Cam’ron. The song includes the lyrics “Oh this cat over front? Fuck boy, boy.” In the context of the lyrics, Cam’ron lists traits that the eponymous “boy” has and then calls him some type of boy after it. For example, “Yo, where you from dog? Harlem boy, boy.” In his song, he uses fuckboy to mean a guy who is a weak loser, who sucks, who isn’t conventionally masculine, or who “ain’t shit.”

After “Boy Boy,” more songs began to crop up using this term. In 2004, T.I. and DJ Drama released a song called “99 Problemz (But Lil’ Flip Ain’t One) Freestyle,” which featured the word. In 2008 and 2009, two new songs called “Fuckboy” were released by Othorized F.A.M and DJ Paul, respectively. As this abridged history shows, in its early life, fuckboy was a term used almost exclusively in the hip-hop and black communities, with heavy overlap.

In late 2014, the word began to really take off beyond its common use among African Americans. On September 15, the hip-hop group Run the Jewels released “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” which features the lyrics “That fuckboy life about to be repealed / that fuckboy shit about to be repelled.” With its new popularity, people naturally wondered what it must mean. Killer Mike, member of the duo, stated that fuckboys can always be identified because they are “always doing fuck shit. Just the dumbest, weirdest, lamest possible shit ever...You know, the cops pull you over and ask if anyone has marijuana in the car. That one friend who says, 'Yes officer I do,' he's the fuckboy in that situation.”

On September 14, 2014, Tumblr user rememberingsunday made a post detailing the traits of a fuckboy. By June 2015, the post had accrued a massive 400,000 notes. Soon after, it became incorporated in a number of Tumblr memes, which furthered its spread on social media. It seems like this version of fuckboy filled a linguistic gap that desperately needed to be filled. Here was a word to malign boys and men that did women wrong.

Now, thanks to its rapid spread via the internet, the original meaning of fuckboy has changed pretty significantly. In 2017, a fuckboy is someone who doesn’t respect women, is a player who won’t commit, and is “basic” in his clothing choices and personality. Maybe he’s also a misogynist. It’s a great catchall that acts as a wide-casting net for a variety of men. In fact, this word is so prevalent, it’s even being used in other countries, like Sweden.

Fuckboi has also been floating around online since 2014. Fuckboi (or fuccboi) is not simply a stylized version of fuckboy, although some people who aren’t in the know do use it that way. Fuckboi has a specific meaning related to fashion. He is someone who wears high-end clothing and wishes to be associated with its culture, while not actually belonging to that culture. This is a guy who buys articles of clothing just for the logo.

The word has yet another alternative usage outside of its mainstream origin. In prison, a fuckboy is a man who is “gay for pay” or for other services.

A few things to note…

Women who date men use this word. They wield it as a source of dark humor in the minefield that can be dating. It’s so potent, prevalent, and popular because many women have encountered a fuckboy in their lives. Fuckboy is a linguistic tool of commiseration.

For example…

“If there was a fuckboy major, I could have had my Ph.D. in high school.”

Alex Browndorf, “How You Know You’re Ready to Give Up The Fuckboy Life,” Flocku (January 23, 2016)

“pls god……don’t let him be a fuckboy”

rememberingsunday Tumblr (September 14, 2014)

“fuckboy logic:

i'm not cuffing u but ur mine so u better not talk to other guys, but don't trip when i'm with girls because i'm single.”

naz’ @nazri_psycho Twitter (March 24, 2017)

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