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fwb

or FWB or friends with benefits

What does fwb mean?

A fwb or friend with benefits is a friend someone occasionally has casual sex with.

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Examples of fwb

“I'm sorry but if all you want is a casual fwb type thing with someone, you do not do relationship type shit”
@jessg___ Twitter (May 16, 2017)
“Are you on the market for a quality FWB? This #blog has 6 things you might want to look out for...”
Sex With Emily Facebook (March 4, 2017)
“I can’t even have a conversation without his telling me how selfish and manipulative I must be, even though my current FWB has made it clear that while he’s disappointed I don’t want a relationship, he understands and accepts my choices.”
Anonymous, quoted by Mallory Ortberg, “Tchotchkes From Heaven,” Slate (January 18, 2017)
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Who uses fwb?

Fwb can be used to describe a person or a relationship. You can say “He is my fwb,” “She and I were fwb a while back,” or “I heard they just have a fwb thing going on.” The plural of fwb can either be fwb (friends with benefits), or, treating the acronym like its own word, fwbs. While the abbreviated fwb is common in digital communication, friends with benefits is used in casual speech.

A related concept is fuck buddy, which, like fwb, describes a friend with whom one has a sexual, non-committed relationship. There is no clear consensus on the precise difference between the two, but some suggest that fuck buddies are more casual, while friends with benefits emphasizes a meaningful pre-existing friendship between the two parties.

Friends with Benefits was also the title of a 2011 romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, which explored fwb relationships.

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