What does FW stand for? The following article provides the definition and how to use this texting abbreviation with ESL infographic and useful conversation examples in English.
What Does FW Mean?
Trying to keep up with popular lingo seems like a full-time job these days. New words and acronyms are always being created. What a word meant 10 years ago might not be the same as it means today. Take “FW” for example. If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you know this to stand for “Forward”, as in when you get an email from someone and send it to someone else. However, here in 2019, this word has a completely different meaning.
For Millennials, “FW” seems to stand for “f*** with”. This is another way of saying you no longer associate with, hang out with, or date someone. It can also be used to refer to behavior or a hobby you no longer do. You could use “FW” as a response to someone you used to date, a music artist you used to listen to, or even a restaurant you no longer go to.
- “FW” = “F” (F***) + “W” (With)
As is common, “FW” can also mean a bunch of other things. We’ve already given you one example in the beginning of this article. “FW” used to mean “forward”. And in some circles, it still does. You might have to rely on context to determine which meaning is appropriate. However, if you receive an email from your boss, chances are their “FW” means “forward” and not “f*** with”. “F*** with” is used in more of a social situation and is not appropriate for formal communications.
“FW” also means:
- Future wife
- Fort Worth (Texas)
- Friend way (meaning to love you as a friend but nothing more)
- Flirt whore (meaning someone who expresses a lot of interest but never follows through)
- Financial winner (when you score a good deal on something or get it for free)
- F***ing whore
- Fresh weight (used in agriculture or when referring to a catch of fish)
- Fighter wing (used by the Air Force)
- Formal wear
- Flood warning
Similar Internet Slang Terms
Similar phrases of “f*** with” are “mess with”; “hang with”; “chill with”; “associate with”; “date”; “hook up with”; “participate in”; “go to”; “visit”; “do”; and “buy from”.
It’s often easier to get the meaning of a word by seeing it used in a sentence. Here are two conversation examples to assist you. One will use the phrase “fw” meaning “f*** with” in reference to a person. The second example will use “fw” meaning “f*** with” in relation to a place.
Example 1: “fw” referring to a person
- Suzie: You and bf wanna have dinner?
- Sally: Girl! I don’t fw that asshole no more.
- Suzie: OMG. What happened?
- Sally: Caught him in another bitch’s dm’s.
- Suzie: Wow. Hell to the nah.
- Sally: what you said
In this example, Suzie is asking her friend to go out to dinner and to bring her boyfriend, or “BF” along. Sally responded with a “FW”, meaning she no longer “f*** with” or “dates” the person. Below are explanations of the other acronyms used, in case you are unfamiliar with any of them.
- *”BF” = “B” (boy) + “F” (friend)
- “OMG” = “O” (Oh) + “M” (My) + “G” (God)
- “DM’s” = “D” (Direct) + “M” (Messages)
Example 2: “fw” referring to a place
- Tommy: yo what happened at Oasis last night? Heard it got crazy.
- Billy: idk. I dont fw that place
- Tommy: fr? Wth.
- Billy: Too much drama. My ex works there. She always starting shit.
- Tommy: gotcha. That’s f’ed up.
- Billy: You got that right
*”idk” = “I” (I) + “D” (Don’t) + “K” (Know)
*”fr” = “F” (For) + “R” (Real)
*”wth” = “W” (What) + “T” (the) + “H” (Hell)
*”f’ed” = “f***d”