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? Commented 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. Commented 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

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    – Davo
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 11:52

Normally I am a person of many words, and one would never suffice.. but I am intrigued with trying to answer your question, and entertained with the answers you've received! To my own disappointment the first word that came to my mind was a millennial word, I am definitely not a millennial being over 60, ha, the word I thought of immediately was thirsty, LOL.. not one I would advocate for because I do not think it truly covers what you were trying to imply.

I thought long and hard and went back and forth over many words I've known throughout my profession as an editor and an advertising graphics designer so I've had plenty use of being a wordsmith, not proclaiming to be the best but most definitely well versed.. so without further ado the word I came up with is a bit of a rarity and you may even have to look it up to understand it's definition.

The word is limerence, the definition is: a state of infatuation or obsession with another person that involves an all-consuming passion and intrusive thoughts.

That's my 2-cents worth, I would love to know the final sentence, story, essay, writing, etc. when you are through. !

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    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 9:31

I would suggest the internet jargon 'simp'.


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    Hi, Gylos! I've upvoted your answer because I think it is a good fit; and suggest an edit which you may keep or roll back if you like.
    – Conrado
    Commented Nov 9, 2022 at 15:46

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. Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 9:28

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