Is there a word for when two people really like each other, but aren't dating, don't want serious relationship?


No, they aren't involved at all. They do not engage sexually with each other.

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    You may be looking for platonic; close but not sexually-involved.
    – Andrew Leach
    Sep 29, 2015 at 16:21
  • There is a lot of words synonym of "friend", e.g. companion, partner, intimate, mate, soul mate. To get appropriate responses, your question should be more precise.
    – Graffito
    Sep 29, 2015 at 16:21
  • @Graffito I meant as more than just a friend. But not that more. Sep 29, 2015 at 16:25
  • Platonic is the word.
    – user140086
    Sep 29, 2015 at 16:38
  • As indicated by @AndrewLeach - a "platonic relationship" seems to be the best fit, refering to love without sex. If you need less than "love", you may say "mutual affection". (affection is a feeling of liking and caring for someone).
    – Graffito
    Sep 29, 2015 at 16:40

3 Answers 3


You're describing a platonic relationship.


(Of love or friendship) intimate and affectionate but not sexual:
their relationship is purely platonic
platonic love



If sex is involved, the word you are looking is a fling.

: a brief sexual relationship


"I had a fling with this girl from Paraguay... it lasted two weeks, but it was amazing."

However, this is answering without knowing the specifics such as the length of the relationship.

  • Is it? You have sex while you are not dating? That is closer to rape.
    – user140086
    Sep 29, 2015 at 16:28
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    People hook up all the time, are you serious? @Rathony You don't have to be dating to have a one night stand, for example. Or a fling, in this instance. Sep 29, 2015 at 17:10

If they like each other, try to meet whenever they can, and there is no sex at all, it's just friendship.

You could also they

they are "as thick as thieves"

  • to be very ​close ​friends and ​share ​secrets CDO
  • A special bond people have for each other. UD
  • (Of two or more people) very close or friendly; sharing secrets OD

"Mary, Tom, and Sally are as thick as thieves. They go everywhere together." "Those two families are thick as thieves."

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