7 Dating Terms You Should Add To Your Vocabulary This Year

Now that it’s finally looking like spring, we’re heading straight into uncuffing season. If you’ve been hearing the term “cuffing season” all winter and still think everyone is talking about pant legs, then listen up. This one’s for you.

Cuffing season is the term used to describe the colder months in which avid singles become tied down by a serious relationship (though it normally ends when the temperature starts to rise again).

Ready to get back out there? An addendum to our Beginner’s Guide to Confusing Dating Terminology, this list of new dating terms will get you prepped and ready for all the uncuffing warm weather brings with it.


Consider this one a refresher: Ghosting is completely disappearing on someone without warning – whether this person is giving off vibes that don’t feel kosher on a first date or you decide after a few that you just don’t want to see them again. Just so you know, we don’t condone this behavior.


Zombies drag themselves back into the world after dying, right? That’s exactly what this term means: You come crawling back, in the slowest, slimiest way after ghosting someone. Yes, that back-from-the-dead “You up?” text has a name, and it’s just as grim as seeing the message makes you feel.


Eponymous of the famous friendly ghost, this term is just that — a friendly ghost. It’s a way of ghosting someone without completely disappearing off the face of the Earth, allowing the ghoster to save face and keep their reputation as a nice person. Instead of never answering another text, said ghoster will likely give one-liners (often one-word responses) and hope the person on the other end gets the hint.

In Pipeline

This term is used to describe how many suitors are interested in you — whether it’s two or three or more, depending on how questionable your dating game. They’re easily accessible and essentially on-call, so you don’t have to show up to a party without a date or go to that random movie, which no one wants to see, by yourself.


Dressing specifically with the intention of catching someone’s attention. Similar to the way peacocks puff out their chests and display their colorful feathers, this thirsty guy or girl is clearly on the prowl and wants to peak someone’s (anyone’s) interest.


When it’s apparent that someone is just circling, waiting for their opportunity to swoop in and start talking about the person they’re into or the dates they’ve been on. We see you, vultures, you’re never as sneaky as you think. It’s actually really obvious and will make your friends not want to talk about real things with you, because they know you’re probably not listening. Be careful: It may even make them opposed to the person you’re crushing on before even meeting them.


Otherwise known as wedding fever. This works two ways, either you are the one getting married and annoying all your single friends with endless wedding talk, or you’re so obsessed with getting married that you scare away anyone who may want to hop aboard that ride with you in the future.

Now that you’re schooled in the terminology, consider these dating app mistakes that could be killing your game.

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