Billy keeps curving Kristen and she doesn't even realize it.
Yeah, it's pretty pathetic.
|Ghosting||Leaving without saying goodbye|
|Benching||Using a person as a backup date|
|Cuffing season||The fall and winter time period where people begin relationships|
Curve means "Reject," and is typically used in the context of turning away someone's romantic advances. When you curve a person, you don't explicitly reject the person, instead, you just try to avoid their advances in a non-confrontational manner.
The term gained popularity in 2016 as a way to refer to when a person tries to let down someone who is romantically interested. Curve comes from the way a person moves around an object in his path to avoid hitting it.
A person may curve someone out of politeness or just out of fear of conflict. It is similar to "ghosting" but not as harsh. A prime example of curving is when a person doesn't answer romantic texts and instead changes the subject.