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or finta or fitna

What does finna mean?

Finna, a contraction of fixing to, means “getting ready to do something.”

It’s used to express a goal to take some sort of action in the near future.

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Where does finna come from?


Finna, sometimes pronounced or spelled as finta or fitna, is a shortening of the expression fixing to, like gonna is a shortening of going to.

Fixing to has a long history in Southern American English, and its sense of “getting ready to” is seen as early as the 1700s, where fixing meant “to intend,” “arrange,” or “make preparations.”

By the mid-1800s, the verb was settling into the phrase fixing to, widening in meaning from just “preparing to,” to mean “going to,” “intending to,” or “getting ready to” do something. It’s still used like this today in some Southern dialects.

Finna emerged from fixing to in African American English and is recorded in hip-hop lyrics in the late 1980s. For example, N.W.A.’s 1987 “3 The Hard Way” features the line “I finna kick this shit, alright!” and King Tee’s 1998 “Act a Fool” includes “I’m finna act a fool.”

Examples of finna

Ill give credit when its due, but not finna applaud a fish for swimming.
@ChynaGotFans, April, 2017
im tellin yall liam finna drop music when we all sleeping watch lmao
verseziam, Tumblr, February, 2017
Finna check my ends, finna get this BenzI
Scarface, “On My Grind,” 2003

Who uses finna?

Although finna and gonna are similar in meaning, they have subtle differences.

Finna can sometimes be more immediate, and, unlike gonna, can’t be used to indicate something in the distant future. Instead, finna refers only to intent that’s going to happen in the near future. The meaning is a little bit more similar to bouta, similarly contracted from about to.

Finna can also be also be a negative, so you can say “I’m not finna fight with you.”

Be mindful that finna is a valid feature of African American English and it is not grammatically incorrect.

Also be aware that the use of finna, while widespread in popular hip-hop culture since the 1990s, can come across as patronizing, insensitive, or appropriative when used by people who are not part of African American speech communities.

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