If you are dating someone but not sure if you want to pursue a relationship with them, you might consider calling them your crush or fling. This term is relatively lighthearted and doesn’t carry the same weight as a more serious label like “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.”
I have listed other ways to call someone you are dating but not in a relationship yet in the section below.
What is the stage called when you are more than friends but not in a relationship?
There’s no real name for the stage between “just friends” and “in a relationship.” Sometimes, people might refer to it as the “talking” stage, the “situationship,” or even the “gray area.”
During this stage, you’ll probably spend a lot of time talking. You might text all day, talk on the phone for hours, or even spend time together in person.
You’re getting to know each other better, but you’re not quite ready to call each other boyfriend or girlfriend. You might start to feel a strong connection with someone, but you’re not quite sure if it’s love yet.
What is situationship
A situationship is an undefined relationship. It is usually between two people who are not ready to commit to a relationship but are still interested in each other.
Sometimes, people in a situationship will text each other all the time, but not see each other that often. This can be frustrating because it can feel like you’re in a relationship, but you’re not sure what is going on.
If you’re in a situationship, it’s important to communicate with the other person to make sure you’re on the same page. Otherwise, it’s easy to get hurt.
What do you call someone you’re dating but not in a relationship with?
You may not be sure how to refer to the person you’re dating, but there are some ways to make it less confusing.
Here are different ways to refer to someone you’re dating but not in a relationship with:
1. The person I have a crush on
If you’re casually dating or seeing each other without any serious level of commitment, you can call the person your crush. It’s a way to let them know that you like them and are interested in taking things slow.
A fling is a casual relationship between two people who are attracted to each other but are not interested in a committed relationship. People who are in a fling may not see each other very often and may not be exclusive.
There are a few different reasons why people might choose to have a fling. Some people might just be looking for some fun and excitement without any strings attached. Others might be trying to figure out what they want in a relationship and use the fling as a way to test the waters.
3. The person I’m seeing
Mentioning the person you’re dating but not in a relationship with as “the person I’m seeing” shows that you’re not committed to the relationship and are still exploring your options.
In addition to that, it’s just simpler and easier to say “the person I’m seeing” than to try to explain the relationship status in a more complicated way.
4. Significant other
This is a more serious and respectful way to call the person you are dating. It hints that you are highly interested in each other and are more serious about the relationship than just casually dating.
5. My flame
Some people might call this person a “flame,” which can mean a lot of different things.
For some people, a flame is someone exciting and passionate, but might not be looking for anything serious. For others, a flame might be someone who they’ve been casually dating for a while and they’re not sure where things are going.
6. The person I’m talking to
If you’re not in a relationship with someone, it’s best to refer to them as the “person you’re talking to”. This helps to keep things from getting too serious too quickly, and it also helps to set clear boundaries.
By referring to the person you’re dating as the person you’re talking to, you’re indicating that you’re not looking for anything too serious at the moment. This can help to avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings down the road.
7. My Boyfriend/girlfriend
Boyfriend or girlfriend is usually for people who have been exclusively dating each other for a while and assume that they are very likely to get into a relationship soon.
Or, it can also be a cute way to tell others you are already taken by someone (even if you have not made it official yet) and not interested to see anyone else at the moment.
8. Friend with benefits
A friend with benefits is someone with whom you share a platonic, yet sexual relationship. There is no commitment involved and usually, no strings attached.
Many people choose to have a friend with benefits because it allows them to enjoy the physical benefits of a relationship without the emotional baggage that often comes along with it.
However, some people find that their feelings begin to develop for their friend with benefits, which can lead to complications and conflict.
9. The apple of my eye
The phrase “the apple of my eye” is used to describe someone who is special to you and they are someone you cherish and hold dear to your heart.
You can use it to casually describe anyone that you have strong feelings. It communicates that you care for this person deeply and that they are special to you.
If you’re not in a committed relationship with someone, you can still refer to them as your partner. This is because the term “partner” implies a certain level of equality and joint decision-making between the two people involved.
It’s a more respectful way to refer to someone you’re dating than simply calling them a fling. It also shows that you see the relationship as being more than just casual.
11. Special someone
If you’re dating someone and you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to a relationship, you can refer to that person as your “special someone.” This is a way of indicating that you’re dating without putting a label on the relationship.
It’s also a way of showing respect to the person you’re dating. By referring to them as your “special someone,” you’re indicating that you think they’re special and worth your time and attention.
12. The person I’m dating
If you’re not ready to call the person you’re dating your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can refer to them as the person you’re dating. This is a good way to let people know that you’re not ready for a serious relationship, but you are open to dating.
It’s also a good way to avoid any awkwardness or confusion that can come from calling someone your boyfriend or girlfriend when you’re not actually in a relationship.
13. My date
If you’re not sure how serious the person you’re dating is, or if you’re not ready to label your relationship, it’s best to refer to the person as your date.
It’s a way of showing respect for the person you’re dating and giving them the space to decide what they want from the relationship.
14. My love interest
When you start to develop deeper feelings for the person you’re dating, you can refer to them as your “love interest” instead of just “the person I’m dating.”
Using the term “love interest” communicates that you see a potential future with this person and that you’re not just casually dating them. It’s a way of showing that you’re serious about the relationship and that you’re invested in where it might go.
Referring to someone as your “love interest” shows that you see them as more than just a casual fling or someone to have fun with.
15. My sweetheart
From a young age, we’re taught that giving someone a nickname is a sign of affection. When you’re dating someone but not in a relationship with them, referring to them as your “sweetheart” is a way of showing you care about them and want things to progress further.
It’s also a way of indicating to your friends and family that this person is special to you and someone you’re serious about.
16. My beau
Beau is an old-fashioned way to say someone is your male lover or boyfriend. If you call the person you’re dating your beau, others will know that you’re serious about this person, but that you’re not ready to make things official just yet.
This is a respectful way to let others know that you’re dating someone and that they are important to you.
17. My swain
A swain means a male admirer. If you’re not ready to call the person you’re dating your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can refer to them as your swain.
This term is a bit old-fashioned, but it’s a cute and harmless way to say you are being pursued. Plus, it’ll make your friends and family members smile.
18. My inamorata
Inamorata (female lover) is a beautiful word that describes the person you are dating but are not yet in a relationship with. This word is derived from the Italian word for “in love”.
When you refer to someone as your inamorata, it shows that you are romantically involved with them and are not just casually dating.
This word is often used in literature and poetry to describe the perfect love interest. So, if you want to show your partner that you are truly in love with them, refer to them as your inamorata.
19. My potential soulmate
A potential soulmate is someone who you can see yourself spending the rest of your life with. They’re someone with who you’re compatible with and who you have a strong connection.
Referring to the person you’re dating as your potential soulmate shows that you’re serious about them and that you see a future with them. It’s a way of showing your commitment to the relationship and your belief that it has long-term potential.
In conclusion, the term you would use to describe someone you’re dating but not in a relationship with depends on your intentions. If you’re looking for something more serious, you would likely call them your boyfriend or girlfriend. However, if you’re not looking for anything serious, you might simply refer to them as your date, crush, or as simple as someone you are dating.