This page is about the slang term effing

British English


used as a less offensive substitute for the highly-offensive taboo word "fucking"

For example

  • The guy looked up from his drink and said, "Mind your own effing business, will ya!"

  • The team's manager was angry and he yelled out "Stop effin' around and kick the effin' ball, will ya!"


This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Someone who uses the word "effing" is trying to be

a. not too offensive

b. very offensive

c. very polite

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Contributor: Matt Errey