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Meaning of GIF


What Does GIF Mean?

GIF means "Graphics Interchange Format (image type)".

The acronym GIF most commonly refers to a short, animated picture without sound. GIFs are typically used to portray an emotion or a reaction. In the early days, most GIFs were moving icons (e.g., flashing "buy now" buttons or dancing rabbits), but these quickly went out of fashion with web designers, and the GIF image format looked like it was going to be short lived. However, with the rise of social media, GIFs have made a comeback, particularly on Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Here is an example of a GIF used to show shock:



By 2012, the GIF image format had become so popular that "GIF" was named as the Oxford American Dictionary's 2012 word of the year. Of interest, GIF can be pronounced both "jiff" (as in the household cleaner) and "giff" (as in "gift"). (NB: "Jiff" was used by Steve Wilhite of CompuServe, the inventor of the GIF format, but, through common usage, "giff" now dominates as the accepted pronunciation.)

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Definition for GIF

GIF means "Graphics Interchange Format (image type)". This is the most common definition for GIF on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about GIF:

GIF
Definition:Graphics Interchange Format (image type)
Type:Acronym and Abbreviation
Guessability:
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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Using GIF on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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