What Does Dafuq Mean?

Dafuq means "What The F*ck?".

The exclamation dafuq (sometimes typed as da fuq) is an alternative spelling of "the f*ck." It is typically used as an exclamation of surprise, shock or anger with the meaning "What the f*ck!" or "What the f*ck?"

Dafuq can also be used with other interrogative words, such as "who," "why," "where," "when," and "how" to form other questions. For example:
  • Jo: The cops are looking for you.
  • Sam:Dafuq!
  • Sam: What Dafuq did you just say!?
  • Sam: How dafuq do you know that?
  • Sam: Who Dafuq told you that?
  • Sam: Why dafuq? I haven't done anything.
  • Sam: Where Dafuq can I hide?
  • Jo: Calm down Dafuq! It's just a joke.
"What The F*Ck?" is more commonly abbreviated as WTF and can be (slightly) more politely expressed using the abbreviation WTH (What the hell/heck).

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meaning of dafuq

Dafuq usually expresses incredulity.

Summary of Key Points

"What the F*ck?" is the most common definition for Dafuq on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:What the F*ck?
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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An Academic Look at Dafuq

Dafuq is typically used as an abbreviated interrogative sentence (i.e., a question) with the meaning "What the f*ck?" In text messaging it is commonly seen without a question mark (i.e., it can be written "dafuq?" or "dafuq").

Dafuq is also often used as an interjection. An interjection is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. It is included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement or enthusiasm.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "What the f*ck?" or something like "You have got to be joking!" instead of using dafuq.

Example of Dafuq Used in a Text


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