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GIF (verb)

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(John Bazemore/AP)

Origin: From "gif," for "graphics interchange format"

1. To make a type of animated image that gained widespread popularity in countless blogs and Tumblrs this year. 2. A way to express oneself almost entirely using four-second soundless snippets of the Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo. 3. A sure-fire way to start an argument (that is, if you ask the person next to you how "gif" is pronounced. Go ahead. Ask.).

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