What does JAF stand for?

Just a friend

When someone uses the term JAF, they’re indicating that the person they’re talking about is “just a friend”. It’s a clear sign that there’s no romantic connection between the two of them.

If the person you’re crushing on refers to you as JAF, it’s a hard pill to swallow. It’s their way of saying you’re in the friendzone, a place that’s notoriously hard to get out of. Some might even say it’s as bad as being put in the brotherzone.

Usually, it’s women who use JAF to label guys they’re not interested in. They’re sending a clear message that they see no romantic potential in them. They might also use phrases like “I love you as a friend” (ILYAAF) or “Love you like a friend” (LULAF).

But in some cases, JAF can be used in a more deceptive way. A person who’s cheating might tell their partner that the person they’re secretly dating is “just a friend”. This is a common tactic used by both men and women to hide their affairs. For example, consider the situation between Anna, Tim, and Bob from your favorite workplace sitcom.

Example for using ‘JAF’ in a conversation

Hey, I heard you went out with Mike last night. How was it?

It was fun! But honestly, I think he sees me as JAF. 😞

Oh no! That’s disappointing. But hey, at least you had a good time, right? 😊

Yeah, true. I guess I’ll just have to move on and find someone who sees me differently. πŸ’ͺ