A Definitive List of Dating Acronyms You Need to Know

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It seems like every day there are new words, abbreviations, and turns of phrase cropping up, making it challenging to keep up with it all. Even if you feel young enough to be "hip with the kids" as they say, you still might need a refresher on all of the new dating acronyms, especially when it comes to online and mobile app dating profiles.

If you've ever come across dating acronyms on a profile that you felt the need to Google before swiping one way or the other, you're not alone. We put together a thorough guide to all of the latest digital dating terminologies you need to know.

Common Dating Acronyms


A: Asian
AKA: Also Known As
Avatar: small picture used to represent a person
B: Black
BBW: Big Beautiful Woman
BDSM: Bondage/Discipline/Sadomasochism
Bi: Bisexual
C: Christian
CPL: Couple


D: Divorced
D&D free, D/D free, D/D or DD: Drug and Disease free
DTE: Down to Earth
Exing: Unable to get over an ex
F2F: Face to Face
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
F: Female
FtM: Female-to-Male transgender
FWB: Friends with Benefits
FYI: For Your Information


G: Gay
GBM: Gay Black Male
LGBT or GLBT: Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender
GLBTQIA: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersexed and Ally
GSOH: Good Sense of Humor
GWM: Gay White Male
H: Hispanic
HNG: Horny Net Geek
HWP: Height/Weight Proportionate
IR: Interracial
IRL: In Real Life
ISO: In Search Of
J: Jewish


K: Kids
L: Lesbian
LD: Light Drinker
LDR: Long Distance Relationship
LDS: Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)
LS: Legally Separated, or Light Smoker


M: Male
MBA: Married but Available
MBC: Married Black Couple
MM: Marriage-Minded
MSM: Man Seeking Men, or men who have sex with men
MSW: Man Seeking Women
MtF: Male-to-Female transgendered
MWC: Married White Couple
NA: Native American
NBM: Never Been Married
ND or N/D: Non-Drinker, No Drinking, or No Drugs
Neg: a backhanded compliment
N/Drugs: No drugs
NK or N/K: No kids
NS or N/S: Non-Smoker
NSA: No Strings Attached
NRE: New Relationship Energy


P: Professional, or Parent
PA: Personal Attachment or Pleasing Appendage
Pan: Pansexual
Pansexual: interested in all sexes, genders, and gender identities
Peacocking: attracting attention through props and clothing
PC: Politically Correct, Personal Computer
PDA: Public Display of Affection
Poly: Polyamory
POSSLQ: Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters


RL: Real Life, i.e. not online, or in-person
S: Single
SBF: Single Black Female
SBiF: Single Bisexual Female
SBM: Single Black Male
SD: Social Drinker
SGL: Single
SI: Similar Interests
SO: Significant Other
SOH: Sense of Humor
STDs: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STIs: Sexually Transmitted Infections
STR: Straight
SWF: Single White Female
SWM: Single White Male


TG: Transgender
TLC: Tender loving care
Umfriend: a sort of, not really friend
VBD: Very Bad Date
W: Widowed or White
w/: With
WAA: Will Answer All
Wingman: a person who helps a friend meet people

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