F (Dating Term)

What Does F Mean?

F means "Female" and is also used to express sympathy. Here is more information about each of these definitions of F, with examples of use.

Expression of Sympathy

The letter F is widely used online and in text messaging as an expression of sympathy. For example:
  • Charlie: My gran just died.
  • Jo: F. That sucks.
  • Sam: I flunked every subject!
  • Jo: F. Your parents are going to go crazy!
The use of F in this context stems the FPS video game CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE, released in 2014. During a scene featuring the funeral of a major character, players were prompted to "Press F to Pay Respects."
Origin of use of F to show sympathy Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Although the scene was widely derided and sparked numerous viral memes, it also started the phenomenon of responding to bad news with the letter F.


The letter F is widely used, both online and offline, as an abbreviation of the word "female." In this context, it is particularly common on online dating sites and in personal ads (in the same was a M (for "male")). For example:
  • F, 33, seeks m. Think of every girl you've ever dated. I'm nothing like them. (Unless you've ever dated a cuddly Italian chef called Rosa.)

Summary of Key Points for First definition

F is an expression of sympathy. This is the most common definition for F on Reddit, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Expression of Sympathy
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for Second definition

F also means "Female." This is the most common definition on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com.
3: Guessable
Typical Users:

Example of F Used in a Text


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