TFW Slang: Meaning, Origin, Sentence Examples

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(Acronym) TFW is an acronym for the phrase “That Feeling When” and is used when a person is nostalgic about a certain place or occasion and can’t explain what he or she is feeling.


When TFW started is still unknown but many believe that it was first used in 2010. It was only in recent years that the acronym gained popularity because of Gen Z and social media.

Demographic (Who Uses This Word)

Anyone who wants to express their feelings on social media uses TFW. It can be followed by a descriptive text or an image, depending on who posted it. 

TFW Used in a Sentence

  • Example 1: TFW it’s about to rain and you get cozy with a hot drink and your favorite book or movie.
  • Example 2: TFW you are comfy and ready to sleep but you suddenly need to pee.

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