-verb (used with object)
- to have sexual intercourse with.
- Slang. to treat unfairly
-verb (used without object)
- to have sexual intercourse.
- Slang. to meddle
(usually fol. by around or with).
- Slang. (used
to express anger, disgust, peremptory rejection, etc.,
often fol. by a pronoun, as you or it.)
- an act of sexual
- a partner in sexual intercourse.
- Slang. a person, esp.
one who is annoying or contemptible.
Word History: The obscenity fuck is
a very old word and has been considered shocking from the
first, though it is seen in print much more often now than
in the past. Its first known occurrence, in code because of
its unacceptability, is in a poem composed in a mixture of
Latin and English sometime before 1500. The poem, which
satirizes the Carmelite friars of Cambridge, England, takes
its title, "Flen flyys," from the first words of its opening
line, "Flen, flyys, and freris," that is, "fleas, flies, and
friars." The line that contains fuck reads "Non sunt
in coeli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk." The Latin words "Non
sunt in coeli, quia," mean "they [the friars] are not in
heaven, since." The code "gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk" is
easily broken by simply substituting the preceding letter in
the alphabet, keeping in mind differences in the alphabet
and in spelling between then and now: i was then used
for both i and j; v was used for both u
and v; and vv was used for w. This
yields "fvccant [a fake Latin form] vvivys of heli." The
whole thus reads in translation: "They are not in heaven
because they fuck wives of Ely [a town near Cambridge]."
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