Online Dating Lingo ABCs

There are plenty of differences between in-person dating and online dating sites, and one of the biggest you’ll come across is the online dating lingo. There is a multitude of abbreviations and shortcuts used when speaking in an online dating chat room, over an instant messaging service or via email. For this reason, we have provided a full Online Dating Glossary of terms and abbreviations, with their respective definitions.

Please keep in mind that these same terms may be used in other online and/or textual communications, but have a different meaning outside of the online dating spectrum. This is not always the case, but something to remember when outside of the online dating world. It is also important to note the capitalization in most cases, as an online dating term may mean something different if not capitalized.

Online Dating Lingo / Glossary

2NITE = Tonight
420 = Marijuana
ADR (or addy) = Address
AFK = Away from Keyboard
A = Asian
B = Black
B&D = Bondage and Discipline
BBL = Be Back Later
BI = Bi-Sexual
BBW = Big Beautiful Woman
BHM = Big Husky or Heavy Man
C = Christian
C-P = Sleepy
CWYL = Chat with You Later
D = Divorced
D&S = Dominance and Submission
Dom = Dominant
DDF (or DD free) = Drug and Disease Free
DWM = Divorced White Male
Ebony = When a white male is seeking an interracial relationship with a black female
F = Female
F2F = Face to Face
FWB = Friends with Benefits (seeking a casual, sexual relationship)
G = Gay
GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike
GSOH = Good Sense of Humor
GTG = Got to Go
GTSY = Glad to See You
H = Hispanic
HAGN = Have a Good Night
HWP = Height/Weight Proportional
ILU or ILY or 143 = I Love You
IMO = In My Opinion (or IMHO = In My Honest Opinion)
IM = Instant Message
ISO = In Search Of
IWSN = I Want Sex Now
J = Jewish
K = Kiss
KOTL = Kiss on the Lips
L = Lesbian
LD = Light Drinker
LMIRL = Let's Meet in Real Life
LOL = Laugh Out Loud
LS = Light Smoker (or Legally Separated)
LTR = Long Term Relationship
M8 = Mate
M = Male
MBA = Married But Available
MM = Marriage Minded
MorF = Male or Female
NA = Not Applicable
NALOPKT = Not a Lot of People Know That
NBM = Never Been Married
ND = Non Drinker
NIFOC = Nude in Front of Computer
NS = Non Smoker
NSA = No Strings Attached (i.e. Single with no Children)
OLL = Online Love
OTP = On the Phone
P = Professional
PC = Prince Charming
QT = Cutie
RUMORF = Are you Male or Female?
S = Single
SBM = Single Black Male
SBF = Single Black Female
SBW = Single Black Woman
SD = Social Drinker
SI = Similar Interests
S&M or S/M = Sado-Masochistic (Sadism and Masochism)
SMIM = Send Me an Instant Message
SMEM = Send Me an E-Mail
SO = Significant Other
SOH = Sense of Humor
SorG = Single or Gay
Sub = Submissive
SWAK = Sealed with a Kiss
SWF = Single White Female
SYS = Se You Soon
TDH = Tall, Dark, and Handsome
TDTM = Talk Dirty to Me
THX (or TX) = Thanks
TIAIL = Think I am in Love
TIC = Tongue in Cheek
W = White (can also mean Widowed if at start of abbreviation; i.e. WBM = Widowed Black Male)
WE = Well Endowed
WTR = Willing To Relocate
WUF = Where are You From?
WYCM = Will You Call Me?
WYRN = What's Your Real Name?
YO = Years Old

You may want to bookmark this list of online dating lingo, it will definitely come in handy when you are chatting with people online.