Fuck is an obscene English-language word  which often refers to the act of sexual intercourse but is also commonly used as an intensifier or to denote disdain.
While origin is obscure, it is usually considered to be first attested to around In modern usage, the term "fuck" and its derivatives such as "fucker" and "fucking" can be used as a nouna verban adjectivean interjection or an adverb. There are many common phrases that employ the word as well as compounds that incorporate it, such as " motherfucker ," " fuckwit " and " fucknut ".
It is unclear whether the word has always been considered vulgar or, if not, when it first came to be used to describe often in an extremely angry, hostile or belligerent manner unpleasant circumstances or people in an intentionally offensive way, such as in the term motherfuckerone of its more common usages in some parts of the English-speaking world. Some English-speaking countries censor it on television and radio.
Andrea Millwood Hargrave's study of the attitudes of the British public found that fuck was considered the third-most severe profanity and its derivative motherfucker second.
was considered the most severe. Nevertheless, the word has become increasingly less vulgar and more publicly acceptable, an example of the " dysphemism treadmill ", wherein former vulgarities become inoffensive and commonplace. Because of its increasing usage in the public forum, in the word was included for the first time as one of three vulgarities in The Canadian Press's Canadian Press Caps
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Journalists were advised to refrain from censoring the word but use it sparingly and only when its inclusion was essential to the story. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the ultimate etymology is uncertain, but that the word is "probably cognate" with a number of Germanic words with meanings involving striking, rubbing and having sex or is derivative of the Old French word that meant "to fuck.
The word has probable cognates in other Germanic languages, such as German ficken to fuck ; Dutch fokken to breed, to beget ; dialectal Norwegian fukka to copulateand dialectal Swedish focka to strike, to copulate and fock penis. There is a theory that fuck is most likely derived from Flemish, German, or Dutch roots, and is probably not derived from an Old English root.
There may be a kinship with the Latin futuere futuoa verb with almost exactly the same meaning as the English verb "to fuck".
However, there is no clear past lineage or derivation for
Defenition of the word fuck Latin word. One reason that the word fuck is so hard to trace etymologically is that it was used far more extensively in common speech than in easily traceable written forms. There are several urban-legend false etymologies postulating an acronymic origin for the word. None of these acronyms were ever recorded before the s, according to the authoritative lexicographical work The F-Wordand thus are backronyms.
In any event, the word fuck has been in use far too long for some of these supposed origins to be possible. Some of these urban legends are that the word fuck came
Defenition of the word fuck Irish law. A similar variant on this theory involves the recording by church clerks the crime of "Forbidden Use of Carnal Knowledge. During the Black Death in the Middle Agestowns were trying to control populations and their interactions.
Since uncontaminated resources were scarce, supposedly many towns required permission to have children. Hence, the legend goes, that couples that were having children were required to first obtain royal permission usually from a local magistrate or lord and then place a sign somewhere visible from the road in their home that said " Fornicating Under Consent of King," which was later shortened to "FUCK.
A different false etymology, first made popular on the radio show Car Talkstates that the phrase "fuck you" comes from the phrase "pluck yew" and relates the origins of fuck to the myth surrounding the V sign. This myth states that French archers at the Battle of Agincourt insulted the English troops' ability to shoot "Defenition of the word fuck" weapons by waving their fingers in a V shape; after the English secured an overwhelming victory, they returned the gesture.
The addition of the phrase "fuck you" to the myth came when it was claimed that the English yelled that they could still "pluck yew" yew wood being the preferred material for longbows at the timea phrase that evolved into the modern "fuck you". Fuck has a very flexible role in English grammar, including use as both a and intransitive verband as an adjectiveadverband noun. Linguist Geoffrey Hughes found eight distinct usages for English curse words, and fuck can apply to each.
For example, it fits in the "curse" sense "fuck you! Its vulgarity also contributes to its mostly figurative sense, though the word itself is used in its literal sense to refer to sexual intercourse, its most common usage is figurative—to indicate the speaker's strong sentiment and to offend or shock the listener. Paul Booth claimed to have found " possibly the earliest known use of the word 'fuck' that clearly has a sexual connotation": Otherwise, the usually accepted first known occurrence of the word is found in code in a poem in a mixture of Latin and English composed in the 15th century.
The line that contains fuck reads Non sunt in coeli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk. Deciphering the phrase " gxddbou xxkxzt pg ifmk ", here by replacing each letter by the previous letter in alphabetical orderas the English alphabet was then, yields the macaronic non sunt in coeli, quia fuccant vvivys of heliwhich translated means, "They are not in heaven, because they fuck the women of Ely ". The stem of fuccant is an English word used as Latin: English medieval Latin has many examples of writers using English words when they did not know the Latin word: In the Middle English of this poem, the term wife was still used generically for "woman".
William Dunbar's poem "Brash of Wowing" includes the lines: The oldest occurrence of the word in adjectival form which implies use of the verb in English comes from the margins of a manuscript copy of Cicero's De Officiis. A monk had scrawled in the margin notes, "fuckin Abbot.
John Florio's Italian-English dictionary, A Worlde of WordesDefenition of the word fuck the term, along with several now-archaic, but then-vulgar synonyms, in this definition:. As late as the 18th century, the verb occupy was seldom used in print because it carried sexual overtones.
A poem by George Tucker has a father upset with his bookish son say "I'd not give [a fuck] for all you've read". Originally printed as "I'd not give for all you've read", scholars agree that the words "a fuck" were removed, making the poem the first recorded instance of the now-common phrase "I don't give a fuck". Farmer and Henley's dictionary of slang notes both the adverbial and adjectival forms of fuck as similar to but "more violent" than bloody and indicating extreme insult, respectively.
Though it appeared in English lexicographer John Ash's A New and Complete Dictionarylisted as "low" and "vulgar," and appearing with several definitions,  fuck did not appear in any widely consulted dictionary of the English language from Its first appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary along with the word cunt was in The modern usage and flexibility of fuck was established by the mid to late 19th century, and has been fairly stable since.
The sexual connotation, usually connected to masturbation in the case of "go fuck yourself" or "go fuck yourself in the ass"is invoked to incite additional disgust, or express anger or outrage.
For example, "Fuck that! In this usage, there is no connection to the sexual meaning of the word implied, and is used purely for its "strength" as a vulgarity. Additionally, other uses are similarly vacuous; fuck or variations such as the fuck or fucking could be removed and leave a sentence of identical syntactical meaning. For example, rap often uses the word fucking as an emphatic adjective
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Insertion of the trochaic word fucking can also be used as an exercise for diagnosing the cadence of an English-language word. This is the use of fuck or more specifically fucking as an Defenition of the word fuckor more properly, a tmesis see expletive infixation. For example, the word in-fucking-credible sounds acceptable to the English ear, and is in fairly common use, while incred-fucking-ible would sound very clumsy though, depending on the context, this might be perceived as a humorous improvisation of the word.
Abso-fucking-lutely and motherfucking are also common uses of fuck as an affix. While neither dysphemistic nor connected to the sexual connotations of the word, even the vacuous usages are considered offensive and gratuitous, and censored in some media; for example, "None of your fucking business! In another usage, the word fucker is used as a term of endearment rather than antipathy.
This usage is not uncommon; to say "you're one smart fucker" is often a term of affection. However, because of its ambiguity and vulgarity, the word fucker in reference to another person can easily be misinterpreted. Though fuck can serve as a noun, the fucker form is used in a context that refers to an individual.
Normally in these cases, if fuck is used instead of fucker, Defenition of the word fuck sentence refers to the sexual ability of the subject for example, "He's a great fuck! Related to fucker is the word motherfucker. Sometimes used as an extreme insult—an accusation of incest —this term is also occasionally used to connote respectful awe.
For example, "He's a mean motherfucker" does not mean "He's abusive, filthy and copulates with his mother," but "He's someone to be afraid of. Jacksonis embroidered with the phrase "Bad Motherfucker". Also contributing to its use in aggressive, high-energy music is the fact that it includes a hard "k" sound in its third syllable, making it easy to exclaim, particularly when pronounced as "mutha Defenition of the word fuck. Despite these rhythmic qualities, motherfucker has not become as accepted in English usage as its root fuck.
The word was used to induce stress during military recruit training  and became a dominant element of an English military dialect identified by Tom Wolfe as Army creole. In his book, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World WarPaul Fussellliterary historian and professor emeritus of English literature at the University of Pennsylvaniarecounted.
Once, on a misty Scottish airfield, an airman was changing the magneto on the engine of a Wellington bomber. Suddenly his wrench slipped and he flung it on the grass and snarled, "Fuck! The fucking fucker's fucked.
In the United States military air services, the nicknames applied to some aircraft included the word fucker as the letter "F" in their slang-acronyms. In polite conversation, these acronyms usually the word "Fellow" for fucker.
The phrase "Fuck you, you fucking fuck! Because of its vulgar status, the word fuck is usually restricted in mass media and barred from titles in the United States. Online forums and public blogs may censor the word by use of automatic filters. To avert these filters, many online posters will use the word fvck. This particular alteration is in common usage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologywhere students use it in reference to the inscriptions on MIT's neoclassical buildings, in which the letter U is replaced by V.
A typical coinage in this idiom would be "I'm fvcked by the Institvte.
Another way to bypass a word filter is to use leet: Many more recent coinages, such as the shorthand " WTF? Abbreviated versions of the word do not Defenition of the word fuck to be considered offensive. Although the word is proclaimed vulgar, several comedians rely on fuck for comedic routines. George Carlin created several literary works based upon the word. InEnglish writer D. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover gained notoriety for its frequent use of the words fuckfuckedand fucking.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. Salinger featured the use of fuck you in print. First published in the United States inthe novel remains controversial to this day due in part to its use of the word, standing at number 13 for the most banned books from to according to the American Library Association. The first documented use of the word fuck on live British television and probably on any television system has been attributed to theatre critic Kenneth Tynan inthough it has been claimed Irish playwright Brendan Behan used the word on Panorama in
Defenition of the word fuck no one could understand him because he was drunk or the man who painted the railings on Stranmillis Embankment alongside the river Lagan in Belfast, who in told Ulster TV's teatime magazine programme, Roundabout, that his job was "fucking boring".
John Cleese during his eulogy in the memorial service for Graham Chapman was proud to declare himself to be the first person to use the word "fuck" on such occasion. The word began to break Defenition of the word fuck cinema when it was uttered once in each of two British releases, Ulysses and I'll Never Forget What's'isname.
It was used several times in the British film Bronco Bullfrog. Fuck is an obscene English-language word which often refers to the act of sexual intercourse .
In this usage, there is no connection to the sexual meaning of the word implied, and is used purely for its "strength" as a vulgarity. Additionally. Definition of fuck written for English Language Learners from the Fuck is an extremely offensive word in all of its uses and should be avoided. 1. offensive +. Despite the wideness and proliferation of its use in many sections of society, the word fuck remains (and has been for centuries) one of the most taboo words in.