FWB

What Does FWB Mean?

FWB means "Friends With Benefits".

The phrase "Friends With Benefits" refers to a couple who are good friends and, although they do not want a committed relationship with each other, enjoy sex together. The abbreviation FWB is typically used when discussing the relationship online or in text messages.

According to DrEd.com, 57% of respondents in a survey admitted to enjoying an "FWB relationship" at some point in their lives.

The term "Friends With Benefits" may have first been coined by Alanis Morisette in her 1995 song "Head over Feet". (Although it could be argued that she was not referring to sex). "Friends With Benefits" is also the title of a 2011 film starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

FWB has pretty much the same meaning as BFFWB "Best Friends Forever With Benefits"

Summary of Key Points

"Friends With Benefits" is the most common definition for FWB on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

FWB
Definition:Friends With Benefits
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write FWB, I mean this:

meaning of FWB
Being FWB can be risky.

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Examples of FWB in Sentences

Here are examples of FWB being used in conversations:
  • Simon: Wow! Last night was fun!
  • Kathleen: Too right. I think I like this FWB thing.
  • Tim: I think I love you.
  • Sam: But, we agreed to be FWB. Why do you want to spoil it?

An Academic Look at FWB

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

"Friends With Benefits" is a noun phrase i.e., a group of words that plays the role of a noun. The head word in a noun phrase will be a noun or pronoun. In this case, the noun "Friends" is the head word.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Friends With Benefits" instead of using the abbreviation FWB. 

Example of FWB Used in a Text

 
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See Also

BANGING (Having Sex (As A Verb)) NSA (No Strings Attached) CE (Casual Encounters)