fuck   [fuhk]    Vulgar.

-verb (used with object)

  1. to have sexual intercourse with.
  2. Slang.  to treat unfairly or harshly.

-verb (used without object)

  1. to have sexual intercourse.
  2. Slang.  to meddle (usually fol. by  around or with).

-interjection

  1. Slang.  (used to express anger, disgust, peremptory rejection, etc., often fol. by a pronoun, as you or it.)

-noun

  1. an act of sexual intercourse.
  2. a partner in sexual intercourse.
  3. 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]."

 

INFORMATION SOURCE CREDITS

American Psychological Association (APA):

fuck. (n.d.). The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved February 25, 2009, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fuck

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

fuck. Dictionary.com. The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fuck (accessed: February 25, 2009).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"fuck." The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 25 Feb. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fuck>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

Dictionary.com, "fuck," in The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Source location: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fuck. Available: http://dictionary.reference.com. Accessed: February 25, 2009.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

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    month = {Feb},
    day = {25},
    year = {2009},
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