Yiff is part of a range of onomatopoeic words that form a pseudo-language used by the furry role-playing community: yiff, yip, yerf, yaff, yarf, growf and growlf (in order from most positive connotations to most negative connotations). Yiff meant yes or an exuberant hello!. Later, yiff was assigned a meaning of a sexual proposition, a meaning that had previously been assigned to yipp (a coarse form of yip).

Other claimed etymologies include:



  1. (onomatopoeia) Representing a bark (of a fox.)
  2. (furry jargon, interrogative) “Anyone willing/desiring to have sex?”
  3. (furry jargon, interrogative) “Are you willing/desiring to have sex?”

[edit]Etymology 2

From Old English giefan.