What Does DNF Mean in a Text?

DNF means "Do Not Follow," "Did Not Finish" and "Dream Not Found." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.

Do Not Follow

The abbreviation DNF is used on many social media apps and blogs with the meaning "do not follow." In this context, DNF is used to discourage certain users or groups of users from interacting with a user account.

DNF is most often used on TikTok to warn users that an account typically shares content that is not suitable for minors or is not to be viewed at work (NSFW), or to discourage interaction by people with opposing points of view to the OP. For example:
  • DNF if you are a snowflake. (This typically translates to "Do not follow me if you don't agree with me, because I am easily upset.")
DNF is synonymous with DNI ("do not interact") and BYF ("before you follow").

Did Not Finish

In racing (e.g., motor sport, athletics), DNF means "Did Not Finish." It is typically included in the results list, alongside the name of any participant who did not complete the course.

Dream Not Found

In fanfiction and gaming (especially among fans of Minecraft), DNF typically means "Dream Not Found" (usually typed DreamNotFound or dreamnotfound).

In this context, DNF refers to the relationship between Dream and GeorgeNotFound on the Minecraft survival multiplayer (SMP) server.

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meaning of DNF

"Do Not Follow"

Summary of Key Points for First Definition

"Do Not Follow" is a common definition for DNF on TikTok, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Definition:Do Not Follow
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers