The terms and acronyms people use in Online Dating

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In this article we compiled a giant list of all the various online dating terms and acronyms that are used in the dating world today. Everyone embarking on the journey of online dating in these current times needs to know these terms and what they really mean.

The dating world is constantly changing, with new terms and acronyms emerging every day. If you're new to the game or haven't been on the dating scene in a while, it can be overwhelming to try and keep up with all the lingo. But don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's a comprehensive list of all the online dating terms and acronyms you need to know to understand what's going on:

  • LTR: Long-term relationship. A dating scenario in which two people are committed to building a lasting partnership.
  • FWB: Friends with benefits. A type of relationship in which two people engage in sexual activity while remaining friends.
  • Ghosting: When someone suddenly stops all communication without any explanation.
  • Breadcrumbing: When someone sends flirty messages to keep someone interested without committing to a relationship.
  • Haunting: When an ex continues to interact with you on social media after a relationship has ended.
  • Zombieing: When someone who ghosted you returns as if nothing ever happened.
  • Cuffing season: The time of year, typically fall and winter, when people are more likely to seek serious relationships.
  • Catfishing: When someone creates a fake online identity to trick someone into a relationship.
  • Asexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction. They may still have romantic attraction to others.
  • Bisexual: A person who is attracted to people of their own gender and other genders.
  • Demisexual: A person who only experiences sexual attraction after forming a deep emotional bond with someone.
  • Gay: A person who is attracted to people of the same gender.
  • Heterosexual: A person who is attracted to people of the opposite gender.
  • Homosexual: A person who is attracted to people of the same gender.
  • Pansexual: A person who is attracted to people of all genders.
  • Queer: An umbrella term used to describe people who do not conform to traditional gender or sexual norms.
  • Graysexual: A person who experiences sexual attraction infrequently, or only in specific situations.
  • Polysexual: A person who is attracted to multiple genders, but not necessarily all.
  • Skoliosexual: A person who is attracted to non-binary individuals.
  • Sapiosexual: A person who is attracted to intelligence and mental ability rather than physical appearance.
  • Monosexual: A person who is attracted to one specific gender
  • Androsexual: A person who is attracted to men and masculinity
  • Gynosexual: A person who is attracted to women and femininity
  • Non-binary: A person who does not identify as either male or female
  • Polyamorous: A person who is in multiple romantic relationships at the same time
  • Aromantic: A person who does not experience romantic attraction. They may still have sexual attraction to others.
  • Androphilia: A sexual attraction to men or masculinity
  • Gynephilia: A sexual attraction to women or femininity
  • Autosexual: A person who is primarily attracted to themselves
  • Lithosexual: A person who experiences sexual attraction but does not want to act on it.
  • Neutrosexual: A person who is not sexually attracted to anyone.
  • Objectumsexual: A person who is attracted to inanimate objects
  • Omnisexual: A person who is attracted to all genders and sexes
  • Reciprosexual: A person who is only sexually attracted to people who are attracted to them.
  • Skoliosexual: A person who is attracted to non-binary individuals
  • Spectrasexual: A person who is attracted to a wide range of gender identities and presentations.
  • Zombieing: When someone who ghosted you returns as if nothing ever happened.
  • Orbiting: When an ex continues to view your social media profiles and engage with your posts without directly communicating with you.
  • Throning: When someone puts their potential partners "on the throne" and keeps them waiting for attention.
  • Kittenfishing: When someone presents themselves in a more positive light than they really are in their online dating profile.
  • Scrooging: When someone breaks up with their significant other before or during the holiday season.
  • Haunting: When an ex continues to interact with you on social media after a relationship has ended.
  • Fleabagging: When someone is dating multiple partners and is not interested in committing to any of them.
  • Roaching: When someone hides the fact that they are dating other people, and then introduces those partners as new people when the first relationship ends.
  • Stashing: When someone hides their romantic partner from their friends and family.
  • Submarining: When someone disappears and then resurfaces unexpectedly.
  • Snacking: When someone is casually dating multiple people at the same time.
  • Phubbing: When someone is more interested in their phone than the person they are dating.
  • Dogfishing: When someone presents themselves as more attractive or successful in their dating profile than they are in real life
  • Breadcrumbing: When someone sends occasional messages or signals of interest to keep someone interested, but has no intention of committing.
  • Ghostbusting: When someone calls out a ghoster for their behavior.
  • Open relationship: A relationship in which two people are committed but also free to see other people.
  • Pansexual: A person who is attracted to all genders.
  • Asexual: A person who does not experience sexual attraction.
  • Demisexual: A person who only experiences sexual attraction after forming a deep emotional bond.
  • LMIRL: Lets meet in real life. This acronym is used when people are trying to plan a meeting in real life after connecting online.
  • SFLR: Sorry for late reply. This acronym is used when someone is apologizing for not responding sooner.
  • 4YEO: For your eyes only. This acronym is used when sending a private message that is meant to be kept confidential.
  • SCNR: Sorry could not resist. This acronym is used when sending a message that is playful or flirtatious in nature.
  • HAK: Hugs and kisses. This acronym is used to express affection or endearment.
  • KFY: Kiss for you. This acronym is used to express romantic interest or desire.
  • WYCM: Will you call me. This acronym is used to ask someone to make a phone call.
  • WYWH: Wish you were here. This acronym is used to express longing for someone's presence.
  • NSA: No strings attached. This acronym is used to express that a relationship is casual and without commitment.
  • MSW: Man seeking woman. This acronym is used by men to specify the gender they're interested in when dating.
  • PAW: Parents are watching. This acronym is used to express a need for discretion or privacy.
  • RIW: Roommate is watching. This acronym is used to express a need for discretion or privacy.
  • DTR: Define the relationship. This term is used when two people are trying to clarify the nature and status of their relationship.
  • ONS: One night stand. A one-time sexual encounter with no expectation of further contact or commitment.
  • Tinderella/Tindstagrammer: A person who is actively using dating apps like Tinder and Instagram to find potential partners.
  • Benching: When someone keeps someone they're dating as an option, but doesn't fully commit to the relationship.
  • Caspering: A friendly, non-ghosting way of ending a relationship by gradually withdrawing communication.
  • DDF: Drug and disease free. This acronym is used in personal ads to indicate that the person is clean and healthy.
  • F2F: Face to face. This acronym is used to indicate a desire to meet in person.
  • JDI: Just doing it. This acronym is used to indicate that a person is actively pursuing a romantic or sexual encounter.
  • MOS: Member of the opposite sex. This acronym is used to indicate a person's preferred gender for dating.
  • PNP: Party and play. This acronym is used to indicate a desire to engage in drug use and sexual activity.
  • STI: Sexually transmitted infection. This acronym is used to indicate that a person has an STI and is being transparent about it.
  • SWF: Single white female. This acronym is used in personal ads to indicate a person's race and relationship status.
  • YOLO: You only live once. This acronym is used to express a desire to take risks or seize opportunities.
  • OMG: Oh my god. This acronym is used to express excitement or surprise
  • HBB: Hot but crazy. This term is used to describe someone who is attractive but also emotionally unstable.
  • KPC: Keeping parents clueless. This term is used to describe someone who is hiding their dating life from their parents.
  • MIRL: Meet in real life. This term is used to indicate a desire to meet someone in person.
  • MLTR: Multi-long term relationship. This term is used to describe a person who is in multiple long-term relationships at the same time.
  • PDA: Public display of affection. This term is used to describe a couple who is openly affectionate in public.
  • ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing. This term is used to indicate that something is funny.
  • SMH: Shaking my head. This term is used to indicate disappointment or disapproval.
  • SO: Significant other. This term is used to describe someone's romantic partner.
  • TAT: Title and tagline. This term is used to describe the text that appears on a person's dating profile.
  • TL;DR: Too long; didn't read. This term is used to indicate that something is too long and not worth reading.
  • YMMV: Your mileage may vary. This term is used to indicate that something may not work for everyone.
  • DD free: Drug and disease free. This term is used to indicate that a person is clean and healthy.
  • DTE: Down to earth. This term is used to describe someone who is easygoing and level-headed.
  • FWB+: Friends with benefits plus. This term is used to describe a casual sexual relationship with added emotional intimacy.
  • GGG: Good, giving, and game. This term is used to describe someone who is willing to be sexually adventurous and considerate of their partner's needs.
  • LDR: Long-distance relationship. This term is used to describe a romantic relationship where the partners are physically separated by a significant distance.
  • M4F: Male for female. This term is used to indicate that a man is looking for a romantic relationship with a woman.
  • POS: Partner over shoulder. This term is used to indicate that a person's romantic partner is nearby and they need to be discreet.
  • SD: Sugar daddy. This term is used to describe a wealthy older man who financially supports a younger woman.
  • SWM: Single white male. This term is used to indicate a person's race and relationship status.
  • W4M: Woman for man. This term is used to indicate that a woman is looking for a romantic relationship with a man.

 

And there are probably a whole ton more that people have invented and continue to invent on the daily.  The point here though was to give you a basis for the current terms.. and I think we've adequately done that!  But holy hell is it a lot.  Yes.. we know.   Use this article as a reference, bookmark it to look back upon because there's a lot of terms out there!

And do you really think we captured all of them?   Nope!   Got something that's not in the list?   Comment below!   

The dating world is constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up with all the latest terms and acronyms. However, by at least understanding the terms listed here, you'll be better equipped to navigate the dating scene and understand what's going on.

Good luck out there!

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