If a girl tells you that she is single and ready to mingle, does mingle here mean that she is ready to “hook up”? ¹

1. That is, to have casual sexual intercourse.

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    You can't really say for sure from this alone. There's just not enough context.
    – Urbycoz
    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:50
  • Very funny @Jay. I am working from 9 am to 6 pm. Second of all the girl has told that in a chat and not to me so I look it up and according to Merriam Webster it means to come into contact (associate) .I was wondering hmm contact two sweat bodies lying one against another is this another word that is hidden synonym of fuck. And third , the most recent computer game I have played was chess. I have one colleague that is very good and I hate to lose. He has won my faculty championship 30 years ago. Jun 28, 2012 at 5:04
  • I don't see how this is more "opinion based" than many questions asking about the meaning of an idiomatic phrase.
    – Jay
    Oct 11, 2016 at 18:39
  • It might be wise to ask for a clarification before assuming anything. If the person then describes herself as "unwed and ready to bed," you'll have a clearer sense of her intentions.
    – Sven Yargs
    Oct 11, 2016 at 21:19

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In general, to "mingle" means to mix or combine. You might say, for example, "The blue and red marbles were mingled together", meaning they were mixed.

It is common to talk of people mingling, meaning that they are spending time with others. E.g., "I'm going to go to Sally's party and mingle with other people" or "He mingled with artists and writers."

"Single and ready to mingle" is a stock phrase meaning that a person is no longer in a committed relationship to one other person and so is now looking for another partner. I thought it was pretty obsolete: I haven't heard it in many years until now.

It does not imply that the person is interested in a one-night-stand. The person MIGHT have that in mind, but the phrase itself simply indicates a willingness to date.

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    +1 Jay. Despite all your negative comments you pretty much ace that question. Thanks mate. Jun 28, 2012 at 5:07

It means that the girl is ready to start looking for potential partners again. She is ready to get back into the dating scene and mingle with people she is attracted to.

One could imply that her last break up left her reluctant to get back into the dating scene, and being "ready to mingle" means she is over her mourning period.

It does not necessarily mean she is ready to hook up (i.e. have sexual intercourse).

This interpretation works for people of any sex, too, not just girls.

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    Does "hook up" really mean "have sexual intercourse"? Maybe I'm just a bit old-fashioned.
    – Urbycoz
    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:49
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    @Urbycoz not exclusively, but yes it does. Jun 27, 2012 at 9:59
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    A one night stand is a hook up. Jun 27, 2012 at 11:07
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    Speaking as someone who has studied psychology, yes. Normal human beings mourn at the end of an important and deeply felt relationship. People mourn in many and varied ways. Jun 27, 2012 at 11:51
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    @speedyGonzales I don't claim to be an expert on the latest youth slang, but I think "hook up" pretty much refers ONLY to a short sexual relationship such as a one-night stand. I don't think a marriage would be called a "hook up". I'll gladly defer to anyone more knowledgable about the latest hip jive. :-)
    – Jay
    Jun 27, 2012 at 15:49

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