I really hope someone here can help me! I´m looking for an expression, preferably a single word, that describes a person who is desperate for approval/affirmation/love, and who therefore feels compelled to respond positively to every indication of (romantic) interest from other people regardless of whether she/he is really interested herself or not. I´ve been trying to google it but it´s hard knowing what to search for...

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    We need to see the sentence you want to put this word into. Are you looking for a noun or an adjective? Is a short phrase acceptable? Oct 2, 2017 at 19:25
  • Why, please? If English is your first language, try posting your best offering without this magic term. If your main language isn't English, try posting a direct translation. Broadly, you seem to be describing some greatly lacking self-confidence/self-worth, but that seems to contradict your specification. Oct 3, 2017 at 22:38

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To keep it simple I would call the person


  1. (of a person) needing emotional support; insecure.

Example sentence: Greg is so needy that he asks every girl who smiles at him on a date.


Desperate = Despo! Like a person who tried his or her best to pleased someone, to get accepted, they do weird thing multiple times but they always get rejected, they are always impatient..... this word despo is usually used from Indian people in movies or serial.... " God! Why she/ he is acting like a Despo


Perhaps not the best answer but I heard it used in a similar fashion.

2: containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements

  • You should include the source of the definition. Jun 6, 2021 at 19:06
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    Do you mean desperate? Please explain how this answers the question. I encourage you to take the tour of the site and see the FAQ and help center, and welcome.
    – livresque
    Jun 6, 2021 at 22:24

servile comes to mind, or someone who is a sycophant, or lastly obsequious

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    this answer would be much improve you added definitions and why you think those word fit what the OP is looking for.
    – Skooba
    Oct 2, 2017 at 19:24
  • All these words (particularly sycophant and obsequious) usually refer to people who'll come running out because they use insincere flattery or the appearance of loyalty deliberately for advancement, not from a desire for love or attention. Merriam-Webster's definition of sycophant includes "self-seeking", while "obsequious" refers to fawning, the first meaning of which is "to court favor by a cringing or flattering manner". Servile isn't quite right either, because there is no sense of reacting to any attention or doing it for approval.
    – Stuart F
    Jun 7, 2021 at 9:28

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