Fam Slang: Meaning, Origin, Sentence Examples

Written by Gabriel Cruz - Slang & Language Enthusiast

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(Noun) Many slang today come from shortened or abbreviated words. Fam is Gen Z slang and a shortened word for “family” and is also used for a close friend.


The slang “fam” was believed to come from African American people. Then, in the early 2000s, it was heard in many rap songs. Later on, this slang is used worldwide, especially on social media platforms.

Demographic (Who Uses This Word)

Today, anyone and everyone use “fam” to call a family member or a very close friend. It can be seen and heard on social media platforms and even in the film and music industries.

Fam Used in a Sentence

  • Example 1: Hey, fam! Wanna hang out later?
  • Example 2: You see that girl over there? She’s fam, so stay away from her.


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