You're Going to Want to Bookmark This Guide to Dating Acronyms ASAP

Updated 05/13/19
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The digital age never ceases to amaze and surprise. It seems like every day there are new words, abbreviations, and turns of phrase cropping up and it can be challenging to keep up. 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 lingo that's going around, 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. Ahead, you'll find a thorough guide to all of the latest digital dating terminologies you need to know. You're going to want to bookmark this for future reference.


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 transgendered
FWB Friends with Benefits
FYI For Your Information
G Gay
GBM Gay Black Male
LGBT or GLBT Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered
GLBTQIA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, 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 Transgendered
TLC Tender loving care
TS Transexual
TV Transvestite
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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