Nearby words

  1. fuchsin,
  2. fuchsinophil,
  3. fuchsite,
  4. fuchu,
  5. fucivorous,
  6. fuck about,
  7. fuck around,
  8. fuck buddy,
  9. fuck off,
  10. fuck over

Idioms

    give a fuck, Slang. to care; be concerned (usually used in the negative): When it comes to politics, I really don't give a fuck.

Origin of fuck

1495–1505; akin to Middle Dutch fokken to thrust, copulate with, Swedish dialect focka to copulate with, strike, push, fock penis

Related formsfuck·y, adjective

Usage alert

For many people, the word fuck is extremely vulgar, considered improper and taboo in all of its senses.
Even so, various forms of the word, primarily in its nonliteral, slang senses, have increasingly crept into casual use, not only as spontaneous expletives of shock, horror, or anger, but also as verbal tics and common intensifiers, mere indices of annoyance or impatience or even pleasant surprise: Where are my fucking keys? What the fuck is taking so long? This is fucking awesome! Nevertheless, the term is best avoided altogether in “polite company.” The mass broadcast media have actually been forced by the threat of punitive fines to block audiences from hearing it, either by banning its use entirely or by bleeping all or part of the sound—if only by blocking out nothing more than the vowel sound in the middle.
Although its first known occurrence in writing dates from the late 1400s (disguised in a cipher at that), the word fuck was undoubtedly heard long before that, and it remains primarily a creature of the spoken language. Well into the 20th century, it was generally regarded as “unprintable,” and forms like f*** or f--k or some spelling distortion like frack or frig or fork or fug were typically substituted for it in writing. In speech, creative euphemisms abound, some born with each new generation. We now have eff and effing as well as f-word and f-bomb, all of which allow us to discuss the term without resorting to its actual use.

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British Dictionary definitions for fuck up

fuck up

/ offensive, taboo, slang /

verb (tr, adverb)

to damage or bungleto fuck up a machine
to make confused

noun fuck-up

an act or an instance of bungling

fuck

/ (fʌk) taboo, slang /

verb

to have sexual intercourse with (someone)

noun

an act of sexual intercourse
a partner in sexual intercourse, esp one of specified competence or experience
not care a fuck or not give a fuck not to care at all

interjection

offensive an expression of strong disgust or anger (often in exclamatory phrases such as fuck you! fuck it! etc)

Word Origin for fuck

C16: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch fokken to strike

usage

The use and overuse of fuck in the everyday speech of many people has led, to some extent, to a lessening of its impact as an expletive. However, the word still retains its shock value, although it is less now than it was when the critic Kenneth Tynan caused controversy by saying it on British television in 1965

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Word Origin and History for fuck up

fuck

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fuck up

fuck up

1

Ruin, botch, spoil. For example, Don't tell me you're going to fuck up again. It is also put as be fucked up, meaning “be ruined or spoiled,” as in This entire project is fucked up. This vulgar usage dates from the early 1900s but did not become widespread until about 1940.

2

Act carelessly or foolishly, mess up, as in I'm sorry, I really fucked up when I invited them. [Vulgar slang; c. 1940]

3

Break down, fail, as in If the flash mechanism fucks up again, I won't get a picture. [Vulgar slang; c. 1980]

4

be fucked up. Be very confused or mentally ill; also, intoxicated. For example, He was so fucked up they had to hospitalize him, or What a party—I sure got fucked up. [Vulgar slang; 1940s]

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