What does Hiberdating mean?

Blowing off friends when you’re dating someone

Hiberdating is a fun slang term that is used when a friend becomes completely consumed by their new romance and starts ignoring their friends. It’s a mash-up of the words “hibernating” and “dating”.

Imagine that your friend, let’s call him Mike, gets a new girlfriend. Suddenly, he’s nowhere to be found. He’s not answering your calls, he’s missing from your group hangouts, and you barely see him anymore. That’s because Mike is hiberdating.

Just like a bear that hibernates and disappears for months during winter, a person who is hiberdating can go missing for a long stretch of time. They are spending all their time with their new significant other. It’s as if they are in a deep sleep from their social life.

So, next time when your friend goes MIA after starting to date someone, you know what to call it. They’re not just busy, they’re hiberdating.

Example for using ‘Hiberdating’ in a conversation

Hey, long time no see! How have you been?

Hey! Sorry, I’ve been hiberdating lately. I’ve been spending all my time with my new girlfriend. She’s amazing!

That’s great! But don’t forget about us, your friends. We miss hanging out with you.

I know, I’m sorry. I’ll make an effort to balance my time better. I don’t want to lose touch with you guys.