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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  AFK  [MUD]  Abbrev.  for  "Away  From  Keyboard".  Used  to  notify 
  others  that  you  will  be  momentarily  unavailable  online.  eg  "Let's  not 
  go  kill  that  frost  giant  yet  I  need  to  go  AFK  to  make  a  phone  call". 
  Often  MUDs  will  have  a  command  to  politely  inform  others  of  your  absence 
  when  they  try  to  talk  with  you  The  term  is  not  restricted  to  MUDs, 
  however,  and  has  become  common  in  many  chat  situations,  from  IRC  to 
  Unix  talk. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    away  from  keyboard. 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  Away  from  Keyboard  (slang,  Usenet,  IRC)