What Does FW Mean in a Text?

FW means "F*ck With," "Forward," and "Frederik Willem de Klerk."

F*ck With

In internet chat and text messaging, the abbreviation FW is most commonly used with the meaning "F*ck With," as in to mess with, interfere in or make fun of. (See also FWU and FWY, both of which mean "F*cking With you.")


More generally, FW is used with the meaning "Forward" to indicate that a text or message has been forwarded from another sender. FW is usually included in the subject line of a message, often automatically. It can also be used within the text of a message, as an instruction to pass a message on, or as a simple abbreviation of the word "Forward."

In this context, "Forward" is also often abbreviated as FWD.

Frederik Willem de Klerk

The abbreviation FW was also widely used to refer to "Frederik Willem de Klerk," the 7th and last President of apartheid-era South Africa. During his time in office (1989-1994), FW de Klerk was responsible for securing the release of imprisoned black activist Nelson Mandela and he was widely credited with bringing the apartheid system to an end. FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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meaning of FW

FW more commonly means "F*ck With" or "Forward."

Summary of Key Points

"F*ck With" is the most common definition for FW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:F*ck With
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of FW

"Forward" is also a common definition for FW.
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Third Definition for FW

"Frederik Willem de Klerk" is another definion of FW:
Definition:Frederik Willem de Klerk
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user


Examples of FW in Sentences

Here are examples of FW being used in conversations:
  • Pete: What's his problem?
  • Joe: I don't know. But he'll have another one if he wants to FW me.
  • (Here, FW is being used with the meaning "F*ck With.")
  • Sam: Did the boss FW you the message saying that you have to work this Saturday, so that I can go to the game?
  • Darren: No. Really? But, I was planning to go too.
  • Sam: Relax! The boss told me to FW you for a joke. Craig is working on Saturday.
  • (Here, FW is being used to mean both "Forward" and "F*ck With.")

An Academic Look at FW

FW is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eff Dublyu). However, it is not usually spoken using its letters (unless referring to Frederik Willem de Klerk). The abbreviation FW is generally used for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

Example of FW Used in a Text

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