motherfucker

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Etymology[edit]

From mother +‎ fucker, attested since 1956, but implied in mother in 1928.[1] The injury comes from the implication of somebody sleeping with his own mother, but was probably not used literally until later.

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  • enPR: mŭth'er-fŭk'er, mŭth'ŭ-fŭk'er
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  • Hyphenation: moth‧er‧fuck‧er

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motherfucker ‎(plural motherfuckers)

  1. (strongly vulgar, offensive) An extremely contemptible or mean person.
    Up against the wall, motherfucker.
  2. (strongly vulgar) Any person, often but not always with the connotation that the person is disliked or is threatening.
    Check out this motherfucker.
  3. (markedly vulgar) An extremely intense experience, often but not always negative.
    War is a motherfucker.
    I jammed my finger in the door yesterday. It hurt like a motherfucker.
    You mess with me, and I will come at you like a motherfucker.
  4. (teasingly, friendly, jokingly, vulgar) A good very close friend or relative.
    How’ve you been, you crazy motherfucker?
  5. (vulgar, literally) One who engages in incest with their mother.
  6. (vulgar, literally) One who engages in sex with a mother, not necessarily one's own.

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  1. ^ motherfucker” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).