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MILF (/mɪlf/, as if read as "milf") is an acronym that stands for "Mother I'd Like to Fuck".[1][2][3] This abbreviation is used in colloquial English, instead of the whole phrase. It connotes a sexually attractive older woman, typically one who has children.[1][2][4][5] The phrase's usage has gone from relatively obscure to mainstream in the media and entertainment.


Linguist Laurel A. Sutton states that MILF was one of 9 different terms for "attractive women" collected from undergraduates at a large linguistics class at Berkeley in the spring of 1992. Stereotypical users would be "college students from East Contra Costa, California".[6] The term was widely popularized by the film American Pie (1999), where John Cho's character (simply credited as 'MILF Guy No. 2') used the term to refer to Jennifer Coolidge's character Jeanine Stifler.[7][8]

A 2007 article in New York magazine stated the evidence that the term had become mainstream included "25,000-plus MILF-branded mugs and tees on Café Press to a rash of hot-mama books (The Hot Mom's Handbook, Confessions of a Naughty Mommy, The MILF Anthology), television shows (Desperate Housewives, The Real Housewives of Orange County, the forthcoming[according to whom?] contest Hottest Mom in America, and a pilot in development called MILF & Cookies), and, of course, a concomitant porn genre".[9]

Similar terms

The term yummy mummy is also used along with MILF. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term as "an attractive and stylish young mother".[10]

Although not yet as widespread in popular culture at large, the forms DILF (for "Dad/Daddy I'd Like to Fuck") or FILF (for "Father I'd Like to Fuck") are used among androphiles to refer to a sexually attractive older man[11] who is likely a father.

In popular culture

In 2002, a resident of the U.S. state of Washington applied for a vanity license plate reading "GOTMILF", a parody of the "Got Milk?" advertising slogan. This plate was approved, but it was later canceled after complaints were filed against it.[12]

In December 2007, low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines ran a controversial advertising campaign, using MILF(s) to promote their tropical destinations, based on a different acronym: "Many Islands, Low Fares".[13] In January 2009, Spirit ran the campaign again.[14]

In 2013, an apparel company, True & Co., parodied the phrase in advertising for its line of brassieres, converting it to "Mom I'd Like to Fit". The campaign garnered negative attention for the San Francisco-based company.[15]

A 2014 article in Playboy magazine by Purdue University sex educator and researcher Justin Lehmiller referenced the work of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey to explain the fascination with the MILF phenomenon.[16]

SMILF is an American comedy television series starring, created, written, and directed by Frankie Shaw on Showtime. It is based on Shaw's short film of the same title.[17] The series' name, SMILF, is a play on the term "MILF," with the "S" standing for "single"[18] or "Southie" (a nickname for South Boston), or both.[19] The series was cancelled on March 8, 2019 after two seasons.[20]

The 2018 French comedy film MILF is about three childhood friends who become MILFs seducing three young men.[21]

See also


  1. ^ a b "MILF, Definition of MILF in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ a b "MILF Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary". Cambridge Dictionary. Cambridge University Press.
  3. ^ Press, Cambridge University (10 April 2008). Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9783125179882 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Dash, Rajendra Kumar (1 December 2015). Professional Learner'S Dictionary of Spoken English. PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 9788120352254 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Dalzell, Tom (25 July 2008). The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English. Routledge. ISBN 978-1134194780 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Sutton, Laurel A. (1995). Bitches and Skanky Hobags. Gender Articulated : Language and the Socially Constructed Self. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415913997.
  7. ^ "John Cho: John, 'MILF' Guy #2". IMDb. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ Bonner, Mehera (31 October 2011). "Flashback Video: Jennifer Coolidge as a MILF in American Pie". Wetpaint. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ Em & Lo (24 October 2007). "Of MILF and Men". New York. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. ^ "yummy mummy – definition of yummy mummy in English from the Oxford dictionary". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  11. ^ "How to Be a DILF". GQ. 27 April 2016.
  12. ^ "End of Road For GOTMILF License Plate". the smoking gun. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Fort Lauderdale's Spirit in the sky". 15 August 2008.
  14. ^ "Over the Line?". The O'Reilly Factor. 11 December 2007. Fox News Channel. Over the Line?.
  15. ^ Moran, Lee (2 May 2013). "Lingerie chain's 'MILF'-themed ad campaign sparks anger Consumers who still remember the film 'American Pie' aren't buying bra retailer True & Co.'s ad pitch to the MILF segment: 'Mom I'd Like to Fit.'". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  16. ^ Lehmiller, Justin (24 August 2014). "Why Do Guys Like MILFs?". Playboy. Archived from the original on 1 April 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (8 August 2017). "'White Famous' & 'SMILF' Get Premiere Dates On Showtime – TCA". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  18. ^ Barsanti, Sam. "The 'S' stands for 'single' in new Showtime comedy SMILF". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  19. ^ Wilson, Adam (12 November 2007). "The Southie in 'SMILF,' a Very Boston Comedy". The New Yorker. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (8 March 2019). "'SMILF' Canceled By Showtime After Two Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Deadline Media; Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  21. ^ Mintzer, Jordan (29 June 2018). "'MILF': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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