Origin of effing

1940–45; euphemism for fucking, with eff as spelled form of the name of the initial letter


verb (used with or without object), interjection
  1. fuck: Stop effing around and get to work! Eff you, you lout!
  1. the word “fuck”; the f-word: peppering his speech with superfluous and highly offensive effs.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for effing


  1. euphemism for fuck taboo eff off
  2. eff and blind slang to use obscene language
Derived Formseffing, noun, adjective, adverb
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Word Origin and History for effing


1943, euphemism for fuck, representing the sound of its first letter. Related: Effing.

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