plural GIFs
: a computer file format for the compression and storage of visual digital information
also : an image or video stored in this format
Using emoji, emoticons and GIFs in a texted conversation instantly signals the difference between sincerity and a joke or sarcasm. Jenna Wortham
see also reaction gif

Examples of GIF in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the show, Clark posted about the concert on his Instagram Story, writing over GIF of Swift, 33, forming a heart with her hands. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2023 Lincoln County District Judge Traci Soderstrom was presiding over her first trial for a man accused of fatally beating a 2-year-old when she was captured on surveillance footage checking her Facebook page and searching for a GIF, The Oklahoman reported. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 26 July 2023 The ambitions here are at GIF level, though perhaps that is the point. Jason Farago, New York Times, 1 June 2023 Shutterstock is buying Giphy for $53 million after Meta’s acquisition of the popular GIF platform was blocked by the UK’s competition regulator, the stock image giant has announced. Jon Porter, The Verge, 23 May 2023 With limited interest in GIF platforms and UK regulators forcing a sale, Meta has decided to sell Giphy to Shutterstock for a mere $53 million. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 23 May 2023

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Word History


graphics interchange format

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of GIF was in 1987

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Cite this Entry

“GIF.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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