What Does BGF Mean in a Text?

The term BGF is used by both girls and boys with the meanings "Best Girlfriend," "Best Guy Friend," and "Best Gay Friend."

BGF is used by girls with the meaning "Best Girlfriend" to refer to their favorite female friend. When used by boys with the same meaning, it usually implies that their relationship with the girl is entirely platonic. (Beware! For many males, a platonic relationship means "A relationship with a girl I'm not having sex with...yet!")

When used with the meaning "Best Guy Friend," boys use BGF to refer to their best male friend, whilst girls are talking about their best male friend with whom they have a platonic relationship.

BGF is also sometimes used by heterosexual people with the meaning "Best Gay Friend" to refer to their closest homosexual friend.

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meaning of BGF

As well as "Best Girlfriend" BGF also means "Best Guy Friend" and "Best Gay Friend."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of BGF

"Best Girl Friend" is the most common definition for BGF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Best Girlfriend
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of BGF

"Best Guy Friend" is another definition for BGF.
Definition:Best Guy Friend
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition of BGF

BGF also means "Best Gay Friend."
Definition:Best Gay Friend
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

50 Ways to Say "Best Friend"

Here's a short video giving 50 ways to tell someone they're your best friend:

Examples of BGF in Sentences

Here are examples of BGF being used in conversations:
  • Toni: You can keep those shoes. They really suit you.
  • Ellie: Really? Thanks. You are my BGF.
  • (Here, BGF means "Best Girlfiend.")
  • Karen: You and Ian seem really close. Is there something you're not telling me?
  • Jane: No, he's just my BGF.
  • (Here, BGF means "Best Guy Friend" and implies a platonic relationship.)

An Academic Look at BGF

BGF is used as a noun (i.e., a naming word). When the term is expanded, it is a noun phrase based on the compound noun girlfriend. The word best is the superlative form of the adjective good.

BGF is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Bee Gee Eff). Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, a boy would have said something like "It's a platonic relationship" instead of using the abbreviation BGF.

Example of BGF Used in a Text

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