What Does FWIW Mean?

FWIW means "For What It's Worth." The abbreviation FWIW is typically used to preface a comment without making a claim as to its importance or validity.

The use of FWIW indicates that the sender does not know whether the information they are giving is useful or not. It is typically used in a conciliatory way. However, it is also often used in a false self-deprecating way, when the speaker is presenting unsolicited advice.

Of note, "For What It's Worth" is also the title of a protest song written by Stephen Stills and released by Buffalo Springfield in 1967. 

Summary of Key Points

"For What It's Worth" is the most common definition for FWIW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:For What It's Worth
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write FWIW, I mean this:

meaning of FWIW
For What It's Worth was a hit for Buffalo Springfield.


Examples of FWIW in Sentences

Here are examples of FWIW being used in conversations:
  • Tom: I can't believe that you got yourself a ticket for the game, but didn't get one for me!.
  • Joe: FWIW, we will probably lose anyway.
  • Simon: Oh mum! Sarah has dumped me!.
  • Simon's Mum: Don't you worry son. FWIW, I always knew that you were too good for her.

An Academic Look at FWIW

The abbreviation FWIW is a prepositional phrase (the preposition is for), which is used as an adverb to establish the setting for the main clause. 

FWIW is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eff Dbl-Yoo Eye Dbl-Yoo), but as this is harder to say than "For What It's Worth" it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation FWIW is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said something like, "in my opinion" or "for what it's worth" instead of using the abbreviation FWIW.

Example of FWIW Used in a Text


See Also

YKWIS (you know what I'm saying?) YKWIM (you know what I mean?) IKWUM (I know what you mean) ISWYM (I see what you mean) IYKWIM (if you know what I mean) IYSWIM (if you see what I mean)