Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fucking adj.

also facking, faking, farking, focking, fucken, funking, ucking

1. a general intensifier, e.g. fucking idiot.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 2 Apr. 278: While I was holding Taylor he said to Smith, ‘Stick that f—g chivvy into him,’ meaning a knife. That was the time when Potter pushed him off me. Taylor said, ‘I will gnaw you, you f—g bastard’.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 12 Jan. 336: I went to him again and said, ‘Will you go?’ He said, ‘No, you f——g old bitch,’ at the same time striking me violently on the forehead with his fist.
[US]H.V. O’Brien diary 26 Sept. in Wine, Women and War (1926) 205: Hi, Tommy, ’ere’s one o’ yer fuckin’ English hofficers wants t’ be saluted. Kindly oblige!
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 36: Fucking bar’s shut.
[UK](con. 1918) J. Hanley German Prisoner 8: These funkin’ bastards at the back; you never know what game they’re up to [Ibid.] 10: One of his unckin’ observation balloons at work.
[UK]E. Blair ‘Hop-Picking Diary’ 2–19 Sept. in Complete Works X (1998) 223: They were the kind of people who are generally drunk on Saturday nights and who tack a ‘fucking’ on to every noun.
[Aus](con. WWI) L. Mann Flesh in Armour 68: ‘Cheerful, ain’t it, bringing the troops to a —— graveyard’.
[US]B. Traven Death Ship 354: Why, for all the funking sons, didn’t you tell me this before, Pippip?
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 73: That woman of mine, she’s got no fucking gratitude.
[UK]K. Amis letter 26 Oct. in Leader (2000) 7: I have got a fucking cough, a slight headache and intermittent toothache.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 68: It’s a waste of fucking money.
[Aus]K. Tennant Tell Morning This 392: ‘Old Stripy’s been taking the invites pretty near all over the faking city’.
[UK](con. 1940s) G. Dutton Andy 18: Listen, sport. You only got forty-two days in this fucken boob. Me, I’m in here for eighteen months. [Ibid.] 118: ‘K’n Judas. Fucken Judas.’ Andy could just hear Scotty’s words behind the M.P.’s back.
[Aus]A. Buzo Norm and Ahmed (1973) 26: Fuckin’ boong.
[UK]A. Salkey ‘Saturday in Kingston’ Jamaica (1983) 70: These fuckin’ people, / fucked as they are, / fuckin’ well believe / in immortality.
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 216: Shut it, shut it, or you’ll get my fucking fist in your fucking face.
[UK]A. Sayle Train to Hell 11: Even if he hadn’t paid good hard-earned fucking money for it.
[UK](con. WWII) J. Robinson Jack and Jamie Go to War 57: The fackin wogs used to give me a shave before they brought the gunsmoke in.
[UK]D. Jarman diary 8 July Smiling in Slow Motion (2000) 166: I’m one of your fucking poofs and if you don’t get off the fucking bus now I’ll kick your fucking head in.
[Ire]J. O’Connor Secret World of the Irish Male (1995) 58: ‘Farking maad,’ he grinned. ‘Maad fat funking bawstidd, innee?’ [Ibid.] 94: You wonna see wot vem farking Arabs ’ave in their cases, mate.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 26: The fucken uniforms are bad enough!
[Aus]T. Winton ‘Defender’ in Turning (2005) 312: The boy called him five kinds of fucking cunt.
[UK]R. Antoni Carnival 13: Out of my league. Out of my focking mind.
[UK]Sun. Times 19 Dec. 5/2: After being fined £2,500 over her pet dog’s attack on a sunbathing student, a senior judge stormed out of court [...] claiming its decision was a ‘f****** [sic] travesty’.
[SA]IOL News (S. Afr.) 5 Sept. 🌐 F*cken prick - we are already paying for Zuma’s million wives.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 168: ‘You’ve got a very astute, intelligent head on your shoulders.’ ‘Fucking hardly’.
[Aus]me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at 🌐 Have a gander at those massive fuckin’ tits.
[UK]Eve. Standard (London) 29 Feb. 🌐 These people, after all, are just fucking actors.
[US]S.M. Jones Lives Laid Away [ebook] ‘[Y]ou pathetic wankers are about three seconds away from a bloody fucking lawsuit!’.
[Ire]Breen & Conlon Hitmen 218: ‘I wonder why they’re [i.e. traffic lights showing red] so fucking long?’.
[US]Rayman & Blau Riker’s 37: It was like a fucking piece of hard metal.
[Aus]A. Nette Orphan Road 43: ‘I don’t have any grand scheme. I want the fucking money’.

2. pertaining to sexual intercourse.

[UK] ‘The Queen and Louise’ in Bold (1979) 190: Said the Queen, ‘Now, my dear, your marriage draws near [...] So I feel that I should — as I promised I would — / Deliver some fucking advice.’.
[UK]Cremorne I 19: To a house he lures her in, / Where a gaily jewelled woman, / Keeds some girls in fucking sin.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 218: I could well credit her with a pantheon of her own private fucking gods.

3. implying a variety of negatives, e.g. vile, despicable, unpleasant, corrupt, dirty.

[US]H. Rhodes Chosen Few (1966) 65: This whole goddamn life is just so much bullshit if you’re a shoe in this lousy, fuckin’ country.
[UK]P. Willmott Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 87: Fucking Napoleon and all that crap.
[WI]M. Thelwell Harder They Come 225: ‘Fucking maggot,’ Ivan cursed.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 2: fuckin’ – unsuccessful, not living up to expectations.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 29 Jan. 17: Fuckin’ French!

4. as infix -fucking- e.g. absofuckinglutely adv.; fanfuckingtastic adj.; guaranfuckingtee v.

[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 415: The soldier’s actual speech [...] was absolutely impregnated with one word which (to use it as a basis for alliteration) the fastidious frown at as ‘filthy.’ [...] Words were split up to admit it : ‘absolutely’ became ‘abso------lutely,’ and Armentieres became ‘Armen------teers.’ ‘Bloody,’ so popular and helpful a word in civil life, quite lapsed as being too polite and inexpressive.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 121: The Sergeant stared: then whispered to himself, ‘Jesus fucking Christ.’.
[UK] ‘In The Moonlight’ in M. Page Kiss Me Goodnight, Sgt.-Major (1973) 122: By Christ all fucking mighty.
[US]Kerouac letter 1 Oct. in Charters II (1999) 66: Thousands of screaming interviewers [...] big articles in Saturday Review, in World Telly, everyfucking where, everybody mad.
[UK]T. Taylor Baron’s Court All Change (2011) 148: ‘Hemp, of course! Indian fucking Hemp!’.
[US](con. 1958) R. Farina Been Down So Long (1972) 62: Somebody better be careful, he gets himself infuckingvolved.
[UK](con. 1940s) G. Dutton Andy 147: A spanner slipped and a voice cursed. ‘Well fucken stay fucken done up if you’re so indefuckenpendent.’.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 13: For Christ’s fucking sake you’ve simply got to meet my Miss Pilgrim!
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle 6: Test-firing’s all they ever had. Brand-fucking-new guns.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 90: From you the Greek wants that. Infuckincredible.
[UK]T. Wilkinson Down and Out 81: I fucking hate pheno-fucking-barbitone.
[US]G. Tate ‘Stagolee Versus the Proper Negro’ in Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 51: Prince leaves you blinking trying to figure out how he got so much style, music, and sexuality together in Minnefunkin’sota.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 49: I’m lucky I’m a-fuckin’-live.
[US]J. Ellroy Suicide Hill 270: ‘Unfucking real!’ Joe [...] hurled the missile of good news straight at the sun.
[UK]H. Kureishi Buddha of Suburbia 13: ‘Jesus fucking Christ!’ I whispered.
[Aus]J.T. Pickle Aus.-Amer. Dict. 2: As we were leaving the Aussie turned, doffed his hat, and with a grandiose bow sang out, ‘Sayo f—ing nara.’.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 76: A-fucking-men.
[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 333: Why don’t you fuck off and leave me a-fucking-lone.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 96: So fucking what?
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 4: I wanna be un-fuckin-touchable.
[Aus]P. Temple Dead Point (2008) [ebook] Forget that, detective whatever the fuck you are. Whofuckingever. Piss off.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mystery Bay Blues 231: Les [...] You are un-fuckin-believable.
[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 200: ‘Abomifuckingnation,’ I said.
[Aus]P. Temple Truth 64: . Embed? [...] Emfuckingbed?
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 20: Un-fucking-believable [...] That was the best, baby.
[SA]Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 8 Jan. 🌐 On my return to Canada I find people’s self expression really vulgar: ‘won-fucking-derful’.
[Ire]K. Barry ‘Fjord of Killary’ in New Yorker 24 Jan. 🌐 ‘It’s end-of-the-fucking-world stuff out there,’ I said.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 32: Paris. Defi-fucking-nately.
[US]J. Stahl OG Dad 136: Tou-fucking-ché!
[UK]M. Herron Joe Country [ebook] ‘Gadfuckingzooks’.
[Ire]Breen & Conlon Hitmen 230: ‘You’re going to get us fucking nicked [...] wake fucking up’.
[US]J. Hannaham Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit 129: [A] packet about the requirements and the benefits Benefuckingfits! and explained everything.

In derivatives

fuckingest (adj.)

(US) sexually enthusiastic.

J.R. Morton ‘Pallet on the Floor’ 🎵 You the fuckingest bitch I ever met.

In phrases

double-fucking (adj.) [note one-time use in 1910s, used by Robert Graves in Goodbye to All That (1929) in recounting a soldier’s comments during WWI ]

an intensified form of sense 1

[UK](con. 1917) R. Graves Goodbye to All That (1995) 79: The Bandmaster, who was squeamish, reported it as: ‘Sir, he called me a double-effing c—.’.
[UK]M. Tolkin Rapture [film script] If I was a chick... no double-fucking way would I give me a lift.

see separate entries.

In exclamations

fucking Ada! (also bloody Ada!) [the Ada is either a nonsense word or a euph. for the stronger alternative fucking arseholes!; as with fucking hell!, the fu may be deliberately abandoned; thus ’kin’ Ada! etc.]

a general excl.

John Lennon at Beatles Ultimate Experience 🌐 And I thought, ‘Fucking Ada, I’ve never made a film’.
[US]Ian Dury ‘Fucking Ada’ 🎵 Fucking Ada, fucking Ada / Fucking Ada, fucking Ada.
[UK]T. McClenaghan Submariners I i: Bloody Ada, gotta blow.
[UK]B. Robinson Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman 65: ‘Wait till you see her up a tree, she’s got eyes looking out of her arse.’ ‘Fucking Ada!’.
posting at 7 Jan. 🌐 You’re trying to tell me that this is a gothic site? Fucking ada, why didn’t anyone tell me?
fucking Nora! (also bleeding Nora! bloody Nora! flaming Nora!) [var. on prev.]

an excl. used to denote astonishment, dismay, acceptance, praise, recognition.

[UK]J. Cameron It Was An Accident 2: Fuckin’ Nora what’d I do?
[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 314: Bleedin Nora, he snorts.
[UK]M. Haddon Curious Incident of the Dog 96: She [...] went into the water to swim and she said ‘Bloody Nora, it’s cold’.
[UK]G. Turner Guardian 25 June 🌐 Bloody Nora... Lampard seizes on a loose ball right on the edge of the area [etc.].
posting at 12 June 🌐 Nothing like stating the bloody obvious. Fucking Nora.
Bluesky 5 Dec. 🌐 The level of contributors, the access to rarely seen places, plus HF's communication = flaming nora.