There are 3 possible meanings for ‘DNF’ — here’s how to decode the abbreviation

The next time you see “DNF” on your TikTok feed, you’ll actually know what it means. 

Language and slang evolve quickly on social media. Gen Z is always coming up with new ways to articulate themselves and their experiences. So if you don’t want to seem “cheugy,” it’s best to get on board with the latest lingo before you get left behind. The term “DNF” has multiple meanings on TikTok depending on the context. Here’s what the three little letters actually mean. 

What does “DNF” mean on TikTok? 

One meaning of “DNF” is DreamNotFound, it’s the combination of two popular Minecraft YouTubers known as Dream and GeorgeNotFound

DreamNotFound evolved out of Minecraft YouTuber fan fiction. Inspired by a popular song called “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals, the so-called “Heat Waves” fan fiction series ships Dream and GeorgeNotFound as a romantic couple. The two gamers often play the game together, which has audiences swooning over their chemistry. 

The hashtag #dreamnotfound has 1.6 billion views on TikTok while #dnf has 3 billion. In “Heat Waves” fan fiction, TikTokers like @ilovemcytokay create fictional content where they imagine GeorgeNotFound and Dream as romantic lovers.

Another definition of “DNF” is “did not fish.” This usually refers to athletes who fail to complete a competition, according to Urban Dictionary

The third meaning, according to Urban Dictionary, stands for “Dinner N F***” a slightly more crass way of saying “Netflix and chill.” 

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