What Does BFF Mean?

BFF means "Best Friends Forever" and "Big Fat Friend." Here is more information about each of these definitions of BFF, with examples of use.

Best Friends Forever

The abbreviation BFF is typically used by teenage girls as a term of friendly endearment with the meaning "Best Friends Forever" or "Best Friend Forever." BFF is also sometimes used with the same meaning by older girls and some boys as a humorous way of referring to or addressing a friend.

  • Toni: Are we BFF?
  • Jo: It depends what you are going to ask me for.
"Best Friends Forever" is also often abbreviated as BFFE

Big Fat Friend

BFF is sometimes also used with the meaning "Big Fat Friend." This is a disparaging term typically used by boys to refer to a less-attractive friend of a girl that they are trying to chat up.
  • Doug: Did you get it on with Cindy?
  • Lou: No way. Her BFF wouldn't leave us alone all night.

Image for BFF

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Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Best Friends Forever" is a common definition for BFF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Best Friends Forever
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Big Fat Friend" is another common definition for BFF.
Definition:Big Fat Friend
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

50 Ways to Say "Best Friend"

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An Academic Look at BFF

BFF is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Bee Eff Eff"). Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.

BFF is used as a noun. When the term is expanded, it is a noun phrase headed by the common noun Friend or Friends. (The words Best and Forever modify Friend(s).)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "bestie" or "bezzer" instead of using BFF.

Example of BFF Used in a Text


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