Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fuck v.

[strictly, the ety. of fuck remains unknown, although the word has been linked to a supposed, if unsubstantiated, ME v. fuken. Neither Ger. ficken, nor the Fr. foutre (f. Lat. fotuere), both of which mean the same, can be linked semantically. HDAS notes MDu. fokken, to thrust, to copulate with; Norw. dial. fukka, to copulate, Swed. dial. focka, to strike, to push, to copulate + fock, the penis. Liberman (2008) suggests notes a variety of germanic verbs with roots in fik-, fak-, fuk-, fok- that mean ‘move back and forth’. Given the plethora of euphemisms equating intercourse or penetration with striking or hitting (bang v.1 (2a), screw v. (2a), poke v. (1) etc), Partridge’s suggestion of a root in the Lat. pugnare, to fight or strike is appealing but currently dismissed. Considered (with cunt n. (1) and motherfucker n.) as the ultimate in taboo terms, fuck is in fact SE, but has been listed as taboo, and thus as slang, since c.1690. The first print citation is dated 1508, in a line from the poetry of William Dunbar (?1456–?1513); the first dict. listing is in Florio’s Worlde of Wordes (1598): ‘Fottere, to iape, to sard, to fucke, to swive, to occupy’. By the 18C, if printed at all, the form was usu. f––k. The term returned to literary use with James Joyce’s much-banned Ulysses (1922) but remained taboo in the popular media and in ‘polite’ speech. This position has been eroded ever since, with the term and its compounds appearing today in films, books and on television, although the press, esp. the tabloids, pretend to a continuing squeamishness. ‘Officially’, for all that the realities of everyday speech (irrespective of class) disprove the theory, fuck remains an outlaw in conversation]

1. [16C+] to have sexual intercourse, usu. of a man, but increasingly of either sex; also of anal intercourse.

2. in fig./ext. uses.

(a) [mid-19C+] to harm someone irreparably, to cheat, to victimize, to betray, to deceive.

(b) [1920s+] to stop, to abandon or give up (on).

(c) [1940s+] to trifle with, to ‘mess around’, to interfere.

(d) [1960s+] to blunder, to make a mess (of), to ruin.

(e) [1960s+] to kick, to stomp on.

(f) [1970s+] to throw.

(g) [1980s] to use or exploit for one’s benefit.

(h) [1980s+] to dismiss, to expel.

3. [1920s+] used as a synon. for to hell with...! under hell n.

In derivatives

fuckability (n.)

[1960s+] sex appeal.

fuckable (adj.)

1. [late 19C+] sexually desirable.

2. [1970s+] (US campus) sexually available.

fuckaholic (n.) [-aholic sfx]

[1980s+] one who is obsessed with having sexual relations.

fuck-a-rama (n.)

see separate entries.

fuckathon (n.) [sfx -athon on model of SE marathon]

[1960s+] (orig. US) a long sexual encounter or orgy.

fuckation (n.)

[mid–late 17C] sexual intercourse.

fuckery (n.)

[1960s+] an act of sex performed by one or more couples, thus an orgy.

fuckish (adj.)

[late 19C+] sexually forward.

fucksome (adj.) [SE sfx -some]

1. of an inanimate object, sexually arousing.

2. [late 19C+] of a woman, sexually desirable.

fuckster (n.) [-ster sfx, implying agency or ‘doing’]

[late 17C; late 19C] a promiscuous man; occas. woman; thus fuckstering, copulating.

fuckstress (n.) [sfx -stress, a female agent or ‘doer’] [19C+]

1. a prostitute.

2. a female sexual sophisticate.

In compounds


see separate entries.

fuck-beggar (n.)

[18C] ‘An impotent or almost impotent man whom none but a beggar-woman will allow to “kiss” her’ (Grose, 1785).

fuck-fist (n.) (also fuck-finger)

[late 19C–1900s] a male or female masturbator.

fuck-me (adj.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

fuck-a-bush (adj.) [lit. one who ‘fucks in the bushes’]

1. [1950s+] (W.I., Jam.) promiscuous.

2. as derog.

fuck about

see separate entries.

fuck a duck (v.)

see separate entry.

fuck along (v.)

[1960s+] (US black) to walk.

fuck-and-suck (adj.)

[1970s+] pornographic.

fuck around (v.)

see separate entries.

fuck away (v.)

[1970s+] to waste, to squander.

fuck like a bunny (rabbit) (v.)

[20C+] to copulate enthusiastically.

fuck like a mink (v.)

[1910s+] (Aus./US) of a woman, to copulate enthusiastically.

fuck like a rattlesnake (v.) (also root like a rattlesnake, shag...)

[20C+] to copulate enthusiastically; often used of a woman who is presumed to be a sexual enthusiast, usu. in phr. I bet she...

fuck like a stoat (v.)

[late 19C+] to copulate enthusiastically.

fuck Mrs Palmer (v.)

[1990s+] to masturbate.

fuck off

see separate entries.

fuck one’s ass off (v.) (also fuck one’s head off) [despite the presence of ass n. (2), and the usu. male subjects of the phr., there is no implication of anal intercourse/homosexuality; the ref. is merely to the movement of the male buttocks and/or a general intensity]

[1930s+] to copulate enthusiastically, usu. from the male point of view.

fuck one’s fist (v.) (also fist-fuck)

[late 19C; 1960s+] to masturbate.

fuck out (v.)

1. [1970s+] to break down; thus fucked out, usu. of a man, exhausted by an excess of intercourse [on pattern of SE wear out].

2. [1980s] to be sexually unfaithful [to have sex ‘out’ of the house, ‘out’ of one’s relationship].

3. [1980s+] to irritate, to annoy.

4. see fuck off v.

fuck out of (v.)

1. [mid-19C+] to cheat someone.

2. [2000s] (Irish) to eject, to throw out.

fuck over (v.)

see separate entries.

fuck someone’s brains out (v.)

see under brain n.1

fuck the arse off someone (v.) (also fuck someone’s arse/socks off, fuck the ass off, ride the arse off, shag...) [ride v. (1a)/shag v.1 (1) + arse n. (1)/ass n. (2)]

[1940s+] (orig. US) usu. of a man, to have energetic sexual intercourse, to make someone the object of one’s enthusiastic or aggressive love-making; often in wishful phr. voiced by a man of a passing woman, I could/I’d like to fuck the arse off that.

fuck the dog (and sell the pups) (v.)

see under dog n.2

fuck the duck (v.) (also stroke the duck) [1960s+]

to waste time; to relax.

fuck the shit out of someone (v.) (also fuck the crap out of someone, fuck the cum out of someone) [shit, the phr. (1)/crap, the phr. (1)/cum n. (1)]

[1970s+] usu. of a man, to have sexual intercourse; usu. very energetically and repeatedly.

fuck up

see separate entries.

fuck with (v.)

see separate entries.

fuck you

see separate entries.

fuck-your-buddy week (n.) (also buddy week, frig-your-buddy week, screw-your-buddy (week)) [buddy n. (2)]

[1950s+] (orig. US milit.) a response to any moment or act of betrayal; usu. as So it’s fuck-your-buddy week then...

I wouldn’t fuck her with a borrowed prick (also I wouldn’t fuck her with your prick, ...with your dick) [prick n. (1)]

[20C+] a general term of masculine distaste, spoken on seeing what is considered an unattractive or unpleasant woman; cite 2003 is in lexbian context.

you can fuck me but you can’t make me like the baby

[1980s+] (Aus. prison) a phr. meaning that a prisoner may endure his punishment but need not necessarily enjoy it.

In exclamations

fuck a duck!

see separate entry.


see separate entry.

fuck around!

see separate entry.

fuck ’em all! (also fuck ’em!) [the orig. words for the bowdlerized soldiers’ song ‘Bless ’Em All’]

[1940s+] a general excl. of dismissal, bravado, ‘to hell with them’.

fuck me!

see separate entry.

fuck my days! (also frig my days! fuck me days!)

[1970s–80s] (UK black) an excl. of surprise, annoyance etc.

fuck my luck!

1. an excl. implying sorrow, disappointment.

2. [1990s+] I don’t believe it!

fuck my old boots!

[1970s+] an excl. denoting one’s astonishment; orig. milit. use, sometimes euph. as seduce my ancient footwear!

fuck that!

[20C+] a dismissive excl., often ext., e.g. fuck that for a bowl of cherries! fuck that for a comic song! fuck that for a top hat! and see below.

fuck that/this for a game of soldiers! (also bugger...! feck...! sod...! stick...! stuff...! of cowboys! of darts!)

[1950s+] an excl. of derision, indicating that something is not working or that one is giving up.

fuck that/this for a lark! (also fuck this for a geg! fuck this lark! shag that for a lark!) [1970s+]

1. an excl. of derision, indicating something is not working or that one is giving up.

2. don’t expect me to get mixed up in that! that’s a stupid idea!

fuck that/this for a laugh!

[1940s+] an excl. of derision, indicating something is not satisfactory or rejecting an idea that is unfeasible.

fuck the begrudgers!

[1970s+] (Irish) a general excl. of defiance or scorn.

fuck them all but six/eight!

[1910s+] (US, orig. milit.) a general oath of annoyance and hostility; often ext. with ...and save them for pallbearers!

fuck you!

see separate entry.

go fuck a duck! (also go fuck a dog! ...a fishnet! go kiss a duck!)

[1950s+] an excl. of dismissal, or disbelief.

go fuck your mother! (also go fuck your sister!)

[1930s+] an all-purpose dismissive excl., generally seen as a supremely offensive remark.

go fuck yourself! (also go and fuck yourself! go diddle yourself! go fiddle yourself! go flog yourself! go fug yourself! go jerk yourself! go shoot yourself!)

[late 19C+] a general excl. of dismissal.