What Does FAM Mean in a Text?

FAM means "Close Friend" or "Hungry."

Close Friend

When used to mean "Close Friend," FAM is a contraction of the word "Family." It is normally used to refer to friends who are so close that they are considered members of the family, rather than to actual biological relatives. These people are your chosen family, people that you trust completely.

In the same context, "Family" is also abbreviated as FAMBO, FAMO and FAMS.


FAM is also used as a contraction of the word "Famished" (i.e., "Hungry").

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of FAM

"Close Friend" is the most common definition for FAM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Close Friend
Type:Word and Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 1
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of FAM

"Hungry" is another definition for FAM.
Type:Word and Abbreviation
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

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meaning of FAM

FAM also means "Hungry."

Examples of FAM in Sentences

Here are examples of FAM being used in conversations:
  • Monica: Yo FAM. What's up?
  • Ross: That's not cool, Monica. You are actually my sister.
  • (Here FAM means "Family.")
  • Kyle: I'm FAM. Are you FAM?
  • Lee: You'll always be FAM to me bro'.
  • (Here FAM means both "Hungry" and "Family.")

An Academic Look at FAM

FAM is a contraction of the words family and famished. Contractions like FAM use the opening letters of the fully expanded words in sequence. Other contractions (e.g., Dr) use letters from the start and end of the word. Contractions can also be formed by replacing a letter or letters with an apostrophe (e.g., can't, won't).

Example of FAM Used in a Text

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