adjective or adverb

eff·​ing ˈe-fiŋ How to pronounce effing (audio)
used as a euphemism for fucking
used especially as an intensive
"Shit, Bellinghausen, this is the stupidest effing stunt you've ever pulled," and we're off running again …Douglas Coupland
Mabel is absent for most of the story, but is unforgettable. "You're all effing mad", she shrieks at the five new guests …Carol Ann Duffy
On the flip side, I once received an effing cool email from Josh Brolin …Lisa Schwarzbaum

Examples of effing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There would be ways to keep the show going (more on that below), but Ted winning the whole effing thing — or very nearly doing so — and then Wizard of Oz-ing back to Kansas would certainly bring things to a close. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of effing was in 1929

Cite this Entry

“Effing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effing. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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