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Internet dating can be very intimidating when you’re first starting out. There are many different acronyms on profiles which can look like a foreign language. I complied a list of the most common used dating acronyms on the internet today. Utilize this internet dating dictionary as you read profiles on various sites.  You definitely want to make sure you know exactly the other person is looking for  prior to contacting someone or replying to an email.

Cougar – A woman in her 40’s dating a younger man
Puma – A woman in her 30’s dating a younger man
Lioness – A woman in her 50’s dating a younger man
Sugar Daddy – Generally an older, wealthy man dating a younger woman
Sugar Baby – A younger woman dating an older wealthy man
Sugar Momma – An older, wealthy woman dating a younger man
Seeking Arrangement – Someone looking for a non-traditional relationship where there is no commitment involved and services are exchanged for elaborate gifts.
SWF – Single White Female
SWM – Single White Male
WSW – Woman Seeking Women
MSM – Man Seeking Men
MSW – Man Seeking Women
WSM – Woman Seeking Men
LTR – Long Term Relationship
BBW – Big Beautiful Woman
NSA – No Strings Attached
MWF – Man with Female (used when couples are seeking other couples)
MWM – Man with Man
HWP – Height Weight Proportionate
D&D – Drugs & Disease Free
SBF – Single Black Female
SBM – Single Black Male
SUB – Submissive
DOM – Dominant/ Dominatrix
FWB – Friends with Benefits
W4M -Woman for Men
M4W – Men for Women
SD – Sugar Daddy
SB – Sugar Baby

Tara Richter is an Internet Dating Coach in Tampa Bay. She is the author of “The Dating Jungle Series” and an Internet TV Show Host.