What Does FINNA Mean in a Text?

FINNA is shorthand for "I am fixing to" or "I am going to." It is an amalgam of "fixing to" (which means "preparing to") and "gonna."


Although rare, FINNA can also be used to describe a person who consistently promises to do things but rarely does.

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When I write FINNA, I mean this:

meaning of FINNA

FINNA is an amalgam of fixing to and gonna.

Summary of Key Points

"Going To or About To (probably from "I am fixing to")" is the most common definition for FINNA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:I Am Fixing To
(I Am Going To)
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of FINNA in Sentences

Here are examples of FINNA being used in conversations:
  • Finna eat my bodyweight in pizza tonight.
  • (Here, FINNA means "I am going to.")
  • Tony: Jack is going to swim the English Channel this summer.
  • Jordan: Jack was going to do a Law degree too. He's a real FINNA.
  • (Here, FINNA means a person who promises a lot but delivers little.)

An Academic Look at FINNA

FINNA is a portmanteau word, which is the term for when two words are merged into one. FINNA is an amalgam of fixing to and gonna. (NB: SPEXY (from spectacles and sexy) is another example of a portmanteau word.)

FINNA best translates as "I am going to." As such, it is usually followed by the base form of an infinitive verb (i.e., without to).
  • Finna drink a cool lager.
  • (Here, drink is the base form of the verb to drink.)
When FINNA is used to describe a person, it is a common noun.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have said something like "I am fixing to" instead of FINNA. The term "I am fixing to" started to become common in the 1950s. [click here for evidence]

Example of FINNA Used in a Text

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