What does AFK mean?

Away from keyboard

When you see AFK in a chat room or in an online game, it stands for away from keyboard. This is a quick and easy way to let people know that you won’t be able to respond for a while because you’re not at your computer.

It’s a way for users to communicate that they’re stepping away from their computer for a bit, but they’ll be back. It’s like a digital “brb” or be right back, but specifically for when you’re stepping away from your keyboard.

So next time you’re in an online chat or playing an online game and someone types AFK, you’ll know that they’re just taking a short break from their computer.

Example for using ‘AFK’ in a conversation

Hey, are you there?

AFK, be right back!

No problem, take your time!