What Does FTM Mean in a Text?

FTM means "Female to Male," "First-Time Mom," and "Facetime Me." Here is more information about each of these definitions with examples.


The abbreviation "FTM" is widely used with the meaning "Female-to-Male," to refer to a transgender person who is transitioning from being a woman to being a man. The transition may be social or physical (i.e., involving surgery and/or drugs).

FTM is the opposite of MTF (Male To female).

First-Time Mom

FTM also means "First-Time Mom." It is typically used in posts on parenting forums and in parenting related chats, to refer to a woman who is about to give birth to (or has recently given birth to) her first child. For example:
  • Joan: "I don't know how I'm going to cope!"
  • Claire: "Don't worry! All FTMs go through that. In no time you'll realize that you can do anything one handed."
In this context, FTMs are usually the recipients of much support and love from the community, but they can also be treated condescendingly.

FaceTime Me

FTM can also be used to mean "FaceTime Me." This is a request for the recipient to initiate a call using Apple's FaceTime application, which is a video calling platform exclusive to Apple devices. For example:
  • "Hey, I've got some exciting news to share! FTM when you get a chance."

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meaning of FTM

FTM also means "Female-to-Male" and "Facetime Me."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for FTM

"Female to Male" is the most common definition for FTM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Female to Male
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for FTM

"First-Time Mom" is another common definition for FTM, especially in parenting related forums and groups.
Definition:First-Time Mom
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user


Third Definition for FTM

"Facetime Me" is another common definition for FTM.
Definition:Facetime Me
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at FTM

Whether used with the meaning "Female-to-Male," "First-Time Mom," or "Facetime me," FTM is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eff Tee Emm"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of FTM Used in a Text

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