Top 20 Dating Terms you need to know now

From fluffer to uber-radius, we got you covered on all the latest dating terms.

Dateable Podcast
March 23, 2024


The unfortunate person who prepares people for actual relationships, but doesn’t end up in a relationship him/herself.


A date that feels more like a job interview

Zootie call

When someone hits you up late night for a virtual hookup via zoom.

Turbo relationship

When you're relationship is on overdrive due to the pandemic. Instead of casually dating for awhile, you DTR (define the relationship), move in together, or do any other relationship behavior that normally would develop over months or years.


When you get dumped via zoom


Determining someone’s desirability based on the distance between where he/she lives and where you live.


When you’re in a relationship or seriously dating someone, yet also keep around several “cushions”—aka people you text, flirt with, or even date—to cushion the blow if your main  relationship doesn’t last.

Text Black Hole

Entering into a never ending texting conversation with someone you meet online and never actually meeting them in real life.

Sunday Test

Determining someone’s compatibility based on whether you would enjoy spending a Sunday with them doing absolutely nothing.


Going back to an ex.

Sober First Kiss

The coveted first kiss where both people are completely sober. More common these days with socially distanced day dates.

Tater Tot

Young piece of ass who’s not good for you but you crave.


When you don’t really want to date someone seriously but want to keep them “on the bench” for those lonely nights.  This is done by consistently infrequent communication.


hen you suddenly disappear from someone you’ve been on a few dates with by not responding in hopes that they will get the hint.


When someone ghosts or breaks up with you... but keeps watching your Instagram Stories or follows you on social media to deliberately remind you that they exist.

Slow Fade

When you gradually slow down communication with someone you’ve been seeing eventually ending in not talking to them again.


When you’re dating someone but seem text them more often than actually face time.


When you’re kinda dating someone but you aren't in a relationship and you're constantly unsure of your situation.


When you present yourself on a dating app in an unrealistically positive way. This could be as simple as using outdated photos or excessive filters to portraying a different lifestyle than the one you hold. Not as blatant as it's sister-term catfishing where you completely misrepresent yourself.


When someone senses that a relationship is on the rocks, and starts to circle their prey – in order to date them or even just sleep wtih them.