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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to behave in a frivolous or meddlesome way.
- to engage in promiscuous sex.
- to shirk one's duty; malinger.
- go away: used as an exclamation of impatience.
- to waste time.
- to bungle or botch; ruin.
- to act stupidly or carelessly; cause trouble; mess up.
Origin of fuck
Related formsfuck·y, adjective
Examples from the Web for fuck
Putting the show to bed was like, “Fuck, am I breaking up this all-star team?”
He texted one of the other founding Santas, “Fuck you, Santa Rob.”Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Keene state goes HARD AS FUCK…” the company tweeted Oct. 3.FinnaRage Wants You to Rage at Its Parties. So What if It Ends Up a Riot?|Melanie Plenda|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But then, I got The Hunger Games a few months later, and was like, Fuck yeah!Josh Hutcherson on the J. Law Hacking Scandal and Life After 'The Hunger Games'|Marlow Stern|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Fuck it,” I said, and drank down the tiny cup as deeply as I could.
She stared at his back for a long while before turning on her heel, muttering, “Fuck,” and walking back out into the sunshine.Makers|Cory Doctorow