DTF (Dating Term)

What Does DTF Mean in a Text?

DTF means "Down To F*ck" and "Direct To Film." Here's more information about both of these definitions, with a explanation of why only one of them is widely used online!

Down To F*ck

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Originating from online dating platforms and text messaging, DTF is a straightforward way for individuals to express their intentions. It signifies a person's interest in casual sexual encounters rather than in a serious, romantic, or friendly relationship. For example:

  • "Not looking for anything serious, just DTF."
  • "Drop me a line if you're DTF."
If you don't work in the printing industry and you encounter this abbreviation, it is almost certain that it is being used with the meaning "Down To F*ck."

"Down To F*ck" is sometimes typed as D2F. Check out our directory of dating terms.

Direct To Film

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The process of direct-to-film printing has broken through to the mainstream because of the popularity of the term "Down To F*ck." If it wasn't for the comedy potential of pretending to mix up the two terms, this technique would almost certainly have remained an obscure process known only to those who work in the industry.

In this context, DTF is a process involving printing designs onto special films which are then transferred onto textiles, such as T-shirts. This method is distinct from traditional screen printing, as it involves printing a design onto a coated film, followed by applying a powder adhesive. After curing the adhesive, the design is heat-pressed onto the fabric.

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When I write DTF, I mean this:

meaning of DTF

In general chat, DTF usually has only one meaning.

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Down To F*ck" is the most common definition for DTF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Down To F*ck
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Direct To Film" is another definition for DTF.
Definition:Direct To Film
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

An Academic Look at DTF

Whether used with the meaning "Down To F*ck" or "Direct To Film," DTF is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced one letter at a time.

Other examples of initialisms are:
  • AI - "Artificial Intelligence."
  • EW - "Electronic Warfare."
Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words.

Example of DTF Used in a Text

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