What Does BFF Mean?

BFF means "Best Friends Forever" and "Big Fat Friend."

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.

Of note, "Best Friends Forever" is also often abbreviated as BFFE

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.

Summary of Key Points

"Best Friends Forever " is the most 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

Image for BFF

When I write BFF, I mean this:

meaning of BFF
These girls will be BFF.

50 Ways to Say "Best Friend"

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Examples of BFF in Sentences

Here are examples of BFF being used in conversations:
  • Tony: Are we BFF?
  • Jordan: It depends what you are going to ask me for.
  • (Here BFF means "Best Friends Forever.)
  • Tony: Did you get it on with Cindy last night?
  • Jordan: No way. Her BFF wouldn't leave us alone all night.
  • (Here BFF means "Big Fat friend.)

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.

Second Definition for BFF

This meaning was also noted:
Definition:Big Fat Friend
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Example of BFF Used in a Text


See Also

BFFE (best friends forever) BESTY (best friend) BEZZA (best friend) BF (best friend) BF4L (best friends for life) BFFAE (best friends for all eternity)