What Does FTW Mean?

The phrase "For The Win" is thought to have originated on the television game show Hollywood Squares, during which the contestants would choose their final winning move by saying something like "I'll take David Hasselhoff for the win!".

FTW is now widely used as an interjection to express an emotion, such as enthusiasm. It has a meaning similar to "Great!" or "Let's go!".

In gaming, FTW is often used at the end of a comment, after a player has achieved some sort of success (e.g., has killed or wounded an opponent, or completed a task).

example of FTW
The term FTW comes from the gameshow Hollywood Squares.

Summary of Key Points

"For The Win" is the most common definition for FTW in gaming related communications on apps such as Discord, TeamSpeak and Telegram, as well as on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition:For The Win
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write FTW, I mean this:

meaning of FTW
FTW is an abbreviation that means "For the Win."


Examples of FTW in Sentences

Here's an example of FTW being used in conversation:
  • Ivor: You got me in the back! That's not fair!
  • Jill: All's fair in this game. FTW!

An Academic Look at FTW

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eff Tee DoubleYoo"), FTW is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "magnificent" or "splendid" instead of FTW.

Example of FTW Used in a Text


See Also

4TW (for the win) GFTW (go for the win) CHAMP (winner) LW (lucky win)