ESL Vocabulary for Dating

English Words for Dating and Relationships

To ask someone out
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To ask a person if she would like to go out to dinner or a show. There is a understanding that the the man is interested in starting a relationship.

“I was going to ask my sister’s friend out, but I was told she already had a boyfriend.”

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To be seeing someone
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This means that you are in a relationship with another person.

“Sara is not single. She’s been seeing a guy from work since January.”

Whirlwind romance
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A very intense romance that starts off strong and usually is unexpected.

“Tom and Mary had a whirlwind romance last summer. It didn’t last though. They broke up last week.”

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Blind date
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A date between two complete strangers. Usually friends of both the man and the woman arrange these kinds of dates.

“I went on a blind date last night with a girl my boss’s wife knows. It went pretty well.”

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To be set up
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When a friend arranges a date for you with a person he knows.

“John set me up with a woman he knows from church. We have been dating for a month now. I owe John a favor.”

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To be serious
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A person is described as “serious”, in terms of his relationship, if he thinks it will last long and that it could lead to marriage.

“Betty doesn’t seem to be serious about her new boyfriend Matt. She doesn’t talk about him that much and she laughs at the idea of them getting married.”

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To have chemistry
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To get along well with a person you are dating or considering dating.

I think she is really pretty, but we have no chemistry together. We went on a date and there was a lot of awkward silence.

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To hit it off
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To get along well with another person

I really hit it off with that girl from the office on our first date. We had a great time.

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To break up with
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To end a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend.

“Cindy broke up with my brother because he watches football all day. She felt very neglected.”

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To break it off
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This is another term for ending a relationship with someone.

“Donald decided to break it off with his new girlfriend when he found out that she hates dogs.”

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A stalker
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A person who follows someone else around in an unwanted way. Many times it is a man who is obsessed with a woman and won’t leave her alone.

“My sister’s ex boyfriend turned out to be a stalker. When she went out with her friends he would follow her to see what she was up to.”

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Long distance relationship
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A relationship where the two people involved live far apart.

Long distance relationships usually don’t work. It is hard when you can’t see the person you are dating.

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Significant other
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A term for the person who you are dating.

I think we can bring our significant other to the office party.

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To have a lot of baggage
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To have issues and problems that may affect the relationship.

Be careful if you plan on dating her. She has three small kids and a crazy ex husband. She has a lot of baggage.

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On again, off again boyfriend/girlfriend
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This is when a couple breaks up and then gets back together again frequently.

Sara is going to come with her on again, off again boyfriend. I wish she would decide if she liked him or not!

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