Fw has 3 meanings
1. What is fw short for in an email?


Fw is short for "forwarded," which is an abbreviation often used in the subject line of a forwarded email. It indicates that the message was originally sent to another user and that this copy is a forwarded copy.

"Fw," or "FW," is typically added to the subject line of the message automatically by the email client, but it may also be added manually by the user. The subject line begins with "Fw," which is then followed by a colon and the original email title. When seeing the abbreviation you can quickly identify that the email you received was originally sent to someone else.

Some examples of when you may forward an email include email coupons, invitations to an event, a crazy email from your uncle that you want to laugh at with someone else, or a political hot take. Oh, and of course, the cursed email that will bring you bad luck if you don't forward it to at least 15 other people.

While "Fw" is used by various email programs, you will more often see it as "Fwd."


Fw: Get 25% on all clothing items today only!

Your aunt forwarding you emails from African princes.

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Updated December 7, 2020
2. What does FW mean?

Future wife

FW refers to a future wife, which may be a female fiance or wishful thinking for a future spouse. It is the female counterpart to FH.

Most people use FW online when messaging, on social media, and in forums. For example, a person may post a picture of a celebrity crush on Twitter with the caption, "My FW." Or, a guy may post a question in a web forum asking for marital advice asking about how to manage finances with his FW.


My FW and I are getting married in less than a year
Wow, exciting!

FYI, FW may come across as kind of creepy

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Updated October 17, 2022
3. What does fw mean to techies?


Techies use fw as shorthand for "freeware." This portmanteau of "free" and "software" is used to refer to software you can download and use for free.

Many popular, and reputable, programs are freeware. For example, VLC media player, GIMP, 7-Zip, and LibreOffice are all fw programs. However, some less reputable fw might contain malware. So before installing or running a fw program, you might want to run it through your anti-virus program or research its reputation online.


I still can't believe Blender is fw; it's such a powerful program
A Reddit user looking for some fw
A Reddit user looking for some fw

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Updated November 20, 2022

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