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Glossary of Dating Terms

Here you will find a list of dating and relationship definitions. These definitions are for terms and phrases used today when referring to dating and relationships which relate to online dating. Other definitions may apply in different circumstances and time periods which we do not include. This glossary is alphabetized for your convenience. You can search the glossary and this site for a particular word or search the full text of this site and glossary to find every reference to a word or phrase.

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Acronym
Short form slang which most likely appears in text messages and emails. Usually made up of the first letter of each word in capitals. Here is our full list of dating and texting acronyms.
Affair
The act of which a person in a committed relationship or marriage isn't faithful to their partner. The person cheats on their partner without their knowledge by having sex with another person.
Algorithm
Used by dating services to determine which members when matched together will produce a loving, happy, healthy, and lasting relationship. Information used by matching algorithms include one or more of the following sources: Profiles, Tests/Questionnaires, the members actions on the service (the type of people they viewed, communicated with, etc.).
App
A way to access a dating service on your smartphone and tablet. More users now access online dating services via a dating app than a website.
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B
Bedroom Eyes
Refers to a heavy-lidded or half-shut eyes, reminiscent of a hazy, dreamy look shared during intimate moments.
Bromance
A man crush. Where 2 guys have a close non-sexual friendship with each other. A type of infatuation where the 2 men would rather hang out with each other more than their significant other.
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Catfish
To lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.
Christian Mingle
An online dating service for singles of the Christian faith. See our Christian Mingle review for more information.
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Dating
Part of the human mating process whereby two people meet socially for companionship which is beyond the level of friendship. The aim of dating is to assess the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.
Duck Face
Is a trending pose which is mostly commonly performed by young women for photos. It is very common to see these type of photos used for profile pictures. Lips are pressed together as in a Sch-moll or pout and often with simultaneously sucked cheeks. This pose may be done to act both self-deprecating and sexy.
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E
eHarmony
A popular online dating service which is known for their matchmaking algorithm and the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility. Members cannot search for other members on this dating service. They are sent 1 or more matches everyday by eHarmony. For more information please read our eHarmony review.
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F
Friends With Benefits
An agreement between two friends who are physically attracted to one another and share a non-committed sexual relationship.
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G
Geolocation
Refers to matching members based on location. Either by being in close proximity at the same time with other members or by crossing paths (visiting the same location but not necessarily at the same time ie restaurants, bars, gym, etc...).
Ghosted
Refers to a situation where one person ceases communication (usually texting) with the other with no explanation.
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Hook Up
Refers to using a dating service for the express purpose of meeting someone for sex. The people involved are not interesting in dating or a long-term relationship. A one night stand.
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InterActiveCorp (IAC)
A United States media and Internet company, which owns Match Group, which runs a number of online dating services including Match.com, Plenty of Fish, Chemistry.com, and the People Media dating services. IAC's headquartered are in New York City.
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J
Jilted
Refers to the feeling someone has towards a former partner who wronged them somehow. It is usually about a romantic relationship that ended on bad terms.
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K
Kavorka
A man who has unusual animal magnetism with women, and who isn't terribly polished with his courtship rituals. This term was coined by the TV show Seinfeld.
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Lothario
A man which has short term sexual relationships with a number of women over the space of a short period of time (heterosexual male womanizer).
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Matchmaking
The process of matching two or more people together, for the purpose of creating a loving relationship. Can be performed by a computer algorithm or a person.
Mutual Match
When 2 people agree to be matched on a dating service. Depending on the restrictions of the dating service, after this point they usually are allowed to send messages to each other.
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Niche
A type or category of dating service that serve a specific client. This can range from more broad niches like Seniors to specific dating niches related to Religion, Location, Interests, etc..
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O
Online Dating
The practise of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet, typically via a dedicated website or app.
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P
Pansexual
Someone who is attracted to other people regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Includes not only men and women but trans-gendered, androgynous and/or gender fluid.
Pash
A romantic partner.
Peacocking
Attracting attention of potential partners through props and clothing.
Polyamory
is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships involving more than two people, with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. An open sexual or romantic relationship.
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Q
Sorry no dating terms found that start with this letter.
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R
Relationship
An emotional association between two people. May or may not be sexual.
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S
Selfie
Is a self-portrait photograph taken with a digital camera or camera phone held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick. Can be done by pointed the camera at oneself or by standing in front of a mirror.
Sexting
Sending someone sexually explicit messages or photos using text messages on your phone.
Show Goggles
The psychological phenomenon resulting in a drastic change in perceived attractiveness based on taste in TV shows.
STD
A sexually transmitted disease.
STI
A sexually transmitted infection.
Swipe
The term swiping was popularized by Tinder where members either swipe left or right to either reject or approve a match.
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Textationship
A relationship which is based almost solely on texting your romantic partner instead of communicating face-to-face or with your voice over the phone.
Tinder
A popular hookup dating app where members swipe left to reject or swipe right to approve matches. Available from iTunes and Google Play. For more information see our review of Tinder.
Tinderella
Usually used by male Tinder users to describe the perfect match. A play of words on Cinderella.
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U
Sorry no dating terms found that start with this letter.
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V
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W
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X
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Y
Sorry no dating terms found that start with this letter.
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Z
Zsa Zsa Zu
The butterflies you feel in your stomach towards a person you are attracted to.
Zoosk
A dating service which was first a popular Facebook app before it had a website and dating apps. For more information see our review of Zoosk.
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