A shout showing you’re hurt or feeling awkward
‘Oof’ is an expressive sound used when someone experiences something uncomfortable or embarrassing. This could happen in real life, but it’s also frequently used on the internet, especially in gaming and online chat.
The origin of ‘oof’ can be traced back to the noise a person makes when they get a sudden hit in the stomach. It’s the sound of air quickly leaving a person’s lungs through a gritted mouth. This has been around for quite a while, but it wasn’t until the late 2010s that it really started to catch on.
Its popularity spiked when the video game Roblox used it as a sound effect. Whenever a player’s character died in the game, you would hear a childlike voice say “oof.” This slightly comedic and unexpected use of the term made it a hit among the gaming community.
Gamers started using ‘oof’ to highlight someone else’s embarrassing or painful moments during gameplay. For instance, if a newbie player manages to beat a seasoned gamer, people watching the game might comment with a simple, “oof.”
But it’s not just gamers who use ‘oof.’ Non-gamers also use it to spotlight their own or others’ awkward moments. Say, a man gets rejected by the woman he likes over direct messaging, or a star wins over a troll on Twitter, people might respond with an ‘oof.’
Example for using ‘Oof’ in a conversation
Ugh, I failed my math test today. 😔
Oof, that’s rough. Did you study?
I thought I did, but apparently not enough. 🙈
Well, better luck next time. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. 😅
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