CTFU Meaning

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What does CTFU mean?

CTFU means cracking the f*ck up. It could also mean cracks the f*ck up.

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CTFU Meaning
Find out what CTFU means and how it is used.

CTFU is an initialism that stands for cracking the f*ck up (or crack the f*ck up). It is very similar to the much more popular acronym LOL in that it’s used to express amusement or show that you found something funny.

Where is CTFU used?

CTFU is primarily used in texts or online conversations.

CTFU is used on the follow platforms and places:

  • texting
  • online conversation
  • Discord
  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • TikTok
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
An example of the initialism CTFU in a text message.
An example of the initialism CTFU in a text message.

How is CTFU used?

CTFU is used to tell others that you found something funny. It is often used as a response to someone who says something funny. It can also be used in a comment as a response to a funny photo, video or meme.

Do people say CTFU out loud?

No! They just laugh!

Example Uses of CTFU

On online conversation:
Did you see how funny that cat video was? CTFU 😂

Someone asking another person if they saw a funny cat video.

On Facebook:

A Facebook status about a comedian. Even when they are having a bad day, this comedian can make them laugh.

In a text message:
I can't believe she said that to the teacher! CTFU 😂😂😂

Classmates texting each other about something someone said to the teacher.

On Instagram:
You're really gonna wear that? CTFU!

Someone making fun of another person's poor fashion choices in an Instagram comment.

On Instagram:
CTFU! This killed me 😂😂😂

An Instagram comment on a funny meme post.

On Discord:
I was CTFU at what you said earlier to Jay. I never laughed that hard in my life!

A message about something funny that someone said.

Who uses CTFU?

CTFU appears to be used more often by younger people.

History of CTFU

First Use

We don’t when exactly CTFU was first used, but it was first posted to Urban Dictionary in 2005 when it was said to mean “cracks the fuck up”. Another addition was added in 2008 that defined it as “cracking the f*ck up”, along with several more in 2010. According to Google Trends, searches for CTFU began around 2019.

Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for CTFU.
Data from Google Trends showing the popularity of searches for CTFU.

Rise in Popularity

According to Google Trends, searches for CTFU increased dramatically from 2011 to 2012, peaking in 2013.

What was used before CTFU?

Before CTFU, people often just used LOL or typed “haha”.

Other Definitions of CTFU

CTFU can also mean:

  • cracks the f*ck up

cracks the f*ck up

Basically the same thing as “cracking the f*ck up”.