What Does QFE Mean in a Text?

QFE means "Quick Fix Engineering" or "Quoted for Emphasis."

Quick Fix Engineering

In computing, the abbreviation QFE is used with the meaning "Quick Fix Engineering" to refer to service updates to operating systems and programs that are applied by the publisher to resolve an issue that has come to light after distribution of a product. QFE was previously referred to as a hotfix.

Quoted for Emphasis

QFE is used more generally in text-based chats, such as online forums, with the meaning "Quoted for Emphasis." In this context, QFE is used when the sender wishes to reiterate a point that has previously been made.

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When I write QFE, I mean this:

meaning of QFE

QFE also means "Quick Fix Engineering."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for QFE

QFE means "Quick Fix Engineering." This is the most common definition for QFE in computer engineering.
Definition:Quick Fix Engineering
Guessability:guessability level 5

5: Extremely difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user


Second Definition for QFE

QFE also means "Quoted for Emphasis." This is the most common definition for QFE on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Quoted for Emphasis
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of QFE in Sentences

Here are examples of QFE being used in conversations:
  • Sian: Leave your PC on tonight. They are going to send out a hotfix.
  • Gillian: QFE is no substitute for good design.
  • (Here, QFE means "Quick Fix Engineering.")
  • Theresa: Brexit "means" Brexit.
  • Ken: QFE. She must "mean" it.
  • (Here, QFE means "Quoted for Emphasis.")

An Academic Look at QFE

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Kew Eff Ee"), QFE is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have just said "Quoted for Emphasis" instead of using QFE to add emphasis. However, "Quick Fix Engineering" did not exist before the digital era.

Example of QFE Used in a Text

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