What Does BF4L Mean?

BF4L means "Best Friends for Life."

"Best Friends For Life" is a term of endearment typically used between teenage girls. BF4L implies that the sender considers the recipient to be amongst their most special friends and wishes for it to stay that way forever.

Of note:
  • The use of BF4L does not exclude the possibility that the sender has other friends that are considered equally special.
  • "Best Friends For Life" can also be abbreviated as BFFL

Summary of Key Points

"Best Friends for Life" is the most common definition for BF4L on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Best Friends for Life
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for BF4L

When I write BF4L, I mean this:

meaning of BF4L
Some people are BF4L with their pets.

50 Ways to Say "Best Friend"

Here's a short video giving 50 ways to tell someone they're your best friend:


Examples of BF4L in Sentences

Examples of BF4L in Sentences

Here are examples of BF4L being used in conversations:
  • Tony: You are so sweet, handsome and kind. We can be BF4L.
  • Jordan: Thank you, ma'am. Now please step out of the car.
  • Tony: We will be BF4L.
  • Jordan: Thanks, but I'm still not lending you my bike.

An Academic Look at BF4L

BF4L is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write the word, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "We will be best friends forever" instead of using BF4L.

Example of BF4L Used in a Text


See Also

BFFL (best friends for life) BFA (best friends always) BFF (best friends forever ) BFF4L (best friend forever for life) BFFAE (best friends for all eternity) BFFAE (best friends forever and ever) BFFLE (best friends for like ever)