fuck vs know what difference

what is difference between fuck and know

English

Alternative forms

  • f–k, f*ck, f**k, f***, f—k, F-word, F-bomb, phuck (bowdlerizations)

Etymology

From Middle English *fukken, probably of North Germanic origin: possibly from Old Norse *fukka, from Proto-Germanic *fukkōną, from Proto-Indo-European *pewǵ- (to strike, punch, stab). Compare windfucker and its debated etymology.

Possibly attested in a 772 AD charter that mentions a place called Fuccerham, which may mean “ham (home) of the fucker” or “hamm (pasture) of the fucker”; a John le Fucker in a record from 1278 may just be a variant of Fulcher, like Fucher, Foker, etc. The earliest unambiguous use of the word in a clearly sexual context, in any stage of English, appears to be in court documents from Cheshire, England, which mention a man called “Roger Fuckebythenavele” (possibly tongue-in-cheek, or directly suggestive of a depraved sexual act) on December 8, 1310. It was first listed in a dictionary in 1598. Scots fuk/fuck is attested slightly earlier, probably reinforcing the Northern Germanic/Scandinavian origin theory. From 1500 onward, the word has been in continual use, superseding jape and sard and largely displacing swive.

A range of folk-etymological backronyms, such as “fornication under consent of the king” and “for unlawful carnal knowledge”, are all demonstrably false.

Sense 10, from related sense feck.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /fʌk/, [fʌkʰ]
  • (Northern England) IPA(key): /fʊk/
  • Rhymes: -ʌk, -ʊk

Verb

fuck (third-person singular simple present fucks, present participle fucking, simple past and past participle fucked)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) To have sexual intercourse, to copulate.
    Synonyms: bang, do it, eff, have sex, hump, screw, shag; see also Thesaurus:copulate
  2. (vulgar, colloquial, transitive) To have sexual intercourse with.
    Synonyms: bang, eff, give someone one, hump, ream, screw, shag; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
  3. (vulgar, colloquial) To insert one’s penis, a dildo or other phallic object, into a specified orifice or cleft.
  4. (vulgar, colloquial) To put in an extremely difficult or impossible situation.
  5. (vulgar, colloquial) To defraud, deface or otherwise treat badly.
  6. (vulgar, colloquial, often derogatory) Used to express great displeasure with someone or something.
    Synonyms: bugger, eff
  7. (vulgar, colloquial, usually followed by up) To break, to destroy.
    Synonyms: annihilate, obliterate, ruin; see also Thesaurus:destroy
  8. (vulgar, colloquial) Used in a phrasal verb: fuck with (to play with, to tinker).
    Synonyms: mess, toy
  9. (vulgar, transitive, comedy) To make a joke at one’s expense; to make fun of in an embarrassing manner.
  10. (colloquial, vulgar, transitive, Ireland, Scotland) To throw, to lob something. (angrily)
    Synonym: feck
  11. (Singapore, vulgar, military slang) To scold

Translations

Noun

fuck (plural fucks)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) An act of sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulation
    • 1975, Alexander Buzo, Tom, page 11:
      No, but I’ve got a film of a couple of crocodiles having a fuck.
    • 2001, Thomas Kelly, The Rackets, MysteriousPress.com (2012), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      He could count on a good fuck with Lorene later on.
    • 2012, Heather Rutman, The Girl’s Guide to Depravity: How to Get Laid Without Getting Screwed, Running Press (2012), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Are guys so intimidated by a girl who’s totally blunt about the fact that she just wants a good fuck that they can’t perform?
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) A sexual partner, especially a casual one.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sexual partner
    • 2005, Jaid Black, Strictly Taboo, Berkley Sensations (2005), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      In his mind, she was probably just another fuck, but in hers it had meant so much more than that.
    • 2008, Nicole Galland, Crossed, Harper (2008), →ISBN, page 32:
      “He’d rather have his favorite fuck with him on the greatest adventure of his life than pay money to lie with ugly strangers. []
  3. (vulgar, colloquial) A highly contemptible person.
    Synonyms: dickhead; see also Thesaurus:jerk
  4. (vulgar, colloquial) A thing of no value, a small amount.
    Synonym: shit

Translations

Interjection

fuck

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Expressing dismay or discontent.
    Synonyms: fark, feck, fook, frick; see also Thesaurus:dammit
    Oh, fuck! I forgot to pay that parking ticket and now they want me to appear in court!
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) Expressing surprise.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:wow

Translations

Adverb

fuck (not comparable)

  1. (vulgar, colloquial) Used as an intensifier for the words “yes” and “no”.
    Synonyms: hell, god, shit, heck

Derived terms

Related terms

  • fuckest
  • fucketh

Particle

fuck

  1. (vulgar, slang, especially African-American Vernacular) Used as a shortened form of various common interrogative phrases.

References

Further reading

  • Sheidlower, Jesse, The F Word (1999) →ISBN.
  • Michael Quinion (2004), “Fuck”, in Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, →ISBN.

Anagrams

  • FCUK, fcuk

Danish

Etymology

Borrowed from English fuck.

Particle

fuck

  1. (swear word) Expresses dislike of the postpositive complement.
    • 2017, Peder Frederik Jensen, Skullfucking, Rosinante & Co (→ISBN)
      Fuck jeres utopi. / Fuck jeres reservepræster, selvudnævnte biskopper uden liturgi.

      Fuck your utopia / Fuck your reserve priests, self-proclaimed bishops without liturgy.
    • 2011, Lyngby Bibliotek, Oprør, BoD – Books on Demand (→ISBN), page 69
      Fuck jer! Fuck jer! Og fuck jeres Gud!

      Fuck you! Fuck you! And fuck your God!

Scots

Alternative forms

  • fuk

Etymology

From Middle Scots fuk, fuck (to copulate), from Middle English *fukken, *fuken, probably of North Germanic origin: possibly from Old Norse *fukka, from Proto-Germanic *fukkōną.

Verb

fuck (third-person singular present fucks, present participle fuckin, past fucked, past participle fucked)

  1. (vulgar, slang) to fuck


English

Alternative forms

  • knowe (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English knowen, from Old English cnāwan (to know, perceive, recognise), from Proto-West Germanic *knāan, from Proto-Germanic *knēaną (to know), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃- (to know).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /nəʊ/
  • (US) enPR: , IPA(key): /noʊ/
  • (‘to know’)
  • Rhymes: -əʊ
  • Homophones: no, noh

Verb

know (third-person singular simple present knows, present participle knowing, simple past knew, past participle known or (colloquial and nonstandard) knew)

  1. (transitive) To perceive the truth or factuality of; to be certain of or that.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 35:
      ‘I know whether a boy is telling me the truth or not.’
      ‘Thank you, sir.’
      Did he hell. They never bloody did.
  2. (transitive) To be aware of; to be cognizant of.
  3. (transitive) To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Marsha is my roommate. — I know Marsha. She is nice.

  4. (transitive) To experience.
    • 1991, Irvin Haas, Historic Homes of the American Presidents, p.155:
      The Truman family knew good times and bad, [].
  5. (transitive) To be able to distinguish, to discern, particularly by contrast or comparison; to recognize the nature of.
    • The Bat—they called him the Bat. []. He’d never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn’t run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn’t swear he knew his face.
    • 1980, Armored and mechanized brigade operations, p.3−29:
      Flares do not know friend from foe and so illuminate both. Changes in wind direction can result in flare exposure of the attacker while defenders hide in the shadows.
  6. (transitive) To recognize as the same (as someone or something previously encountered) after an absence or change.
    • c. 1645–1688, Thomas Flatman, Translation of Part of Petronius Arbiter’s Satyricon
      At nearer view he thought he knew the dead, / And call’d the wretched man to mind.
    • 1818, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein:
      Ernest also is so much improved, that you would hardly know him: [].
  7. To understand or have a grasp of through experience or study.
  8. (transitive, archaic, biblical) To have sexual relations with. This meaning normally specified in modern English as e.g. to ’know someone in the biblical sense’ or to ‘know Biblically.’
    • 1939, Dorothy Parker, “Horsie,” Here lies: The collected stories of Dorothy Parker:
      Now Gerald had never thought of her having a mother. Then there must have been a father, too, some time. And Miss Wilmarth existed because two people once had loved and known. It was not a thought to dwell upon.
  9. (intransitive) To have knowledge; to have information, be informed.
    • “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Marsha knows.

  10. (intransitive) To be or become aware or cognizant.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      “A gentleman!” quoth the squire, “who the devil can he be? Do, doctor, go down and see who ‘tis. Mr Blifil can hardly be come to town yet.—Go down, do, and know what his business is.”
  11. (intransitive, obsolete) To be acquainted (with another person).
    • 1607, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, scene 6:
      You and I have known, sir.
  12. (transitive) To be able to play or perform (a song or other piece of music).

Usage notes

  • “Knowen” is found in some old texts as the past participle.
  • In some old texts, the form “know to [verb]” rather than “know how to [verb]” is found, e.g. Milton wrote: “he knew himself to sing, and build the lofty rhymes”.

Conjugation

Quotations

  • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, scene 1:
    O, that a man might know / The end of this day’s business ere it come! / But it sufficeth that the day will end, / And then the end is known.
  • 1839, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Light of Stars, Voices of the Night:
    O fear not in a world like this, / And thou shalt know erelong, / Know how sublime a thing it is, / To suffer and be strong.

Synonyms

  • (have sexual relations with): coitize, go to bed with, sleep with; see also Thesaurus:copulate with

Hyponyms

  • grok

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Noun

know (plural knows)

  1. (rare) Knowledge; the state of knowing.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623 first folio edition), act 5, scene 2:
      That on the view and know of these Contents, [] He should the bearers put to [] death,

Derived terms

  • in the know

References

  • know in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • know in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • Kwon, wonk

Cornish

Etymology

From Proto-Brythonic *know, from Proto-Celtic *knūs.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [knoʊ]

Noun

know pl (singulative knowen or knofen)

  1. nuts

Mutation

Derived terms

  • know dor (peanuts)
  • know Frynk (walnuts)
  • know koko (coconuts)
  • know koll (hazelnuts)
  • know muskat (nutmeg)
  • know toos (doughnuts)
  • plisk know (nutshells)

Middle English

Noun

know

  1. Alternative form of kne

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