What does “covfefe” exactly mean?

The Washington Post (May 31, 2017) reports that “[President] Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ ” in his tweet:

MORNING MIX: Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ in garbled
midnight tweet that becomes worldwide joke / Trump tweets ‘covfefe,’
inspiring a semi-comedic act of Congress

As I couldn’t find out the meaning of “covfefe” in several English dictionaries at hand, I googled the word. There was no heading and definition of this word there.

I heard a TV hostess seriously asking a male guest what “covfefe” means in a TV show tagged in the Washington Post, wherein he confidently explained it’s Yiddish meaning “go to bed.” But to me, this explanation doesn’t seem to fit the line, “President Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ ” at all.

What does “covfefe” exactly mean in the context of “President Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ ”?


There is already a UD entry, and a pending one for Collins Dictionary:


  • (n.) When you want to say “coverage” but your hands are too small to hit all the letters on your keyboard.

  • Originated from Donald Trump’s tweet: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”

Also from knowyourmeme.com:

  • “Covfefe” is a misspelling of the word “coverage” mistakenly tweeted by President Donald Trump in late May 2017. The tweet was left up for more than six hours before being deleted, leading to a slew of puns, jokes, and confusion, resulting in #covfefe becoming the #1 trending hashtag in the world and prompting coverage from multiple news outlets.

From time.com:

  • President Donald Trump has responded after confounding the web with a cryptic, late night tweet, though he still hasn’t cleared up the meaning of the word “covfefe”.

  • Right around midnight on Tuesday, the President sent a strange message to his 31 million Twitter followers, which simply read: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” The tweet was not immediately deleted and accumulated more than 100,000 retweets and hundreds of humorous reactions before it was finally removed from the site.

  • Now Trump has responded to the mystery surrounding his newly-minted word, which continues to trend on Twitter. “Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!” he wrote in a tweet sent early Wednesday morning, clearly enjoying the attention the presumed-typo garnered overnight.

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