What does stashing mean when dating?

Dating a person but unwilling to publicly acknowledge it

Stashing is when a person dates someone but doesn't publicly acknowledge the relationship. The name comes from how people and animals stash items to hide them.

While stashing has been done ever since the first person attempted to hide a romantic affair, it did not receive the "stashing" label by until 2017. People stash their partners for various reasons, including embarrassment, fear of their spouse finding out, fearing family disapproval, or doubt in the relationship's viability.

What does stashing look like?

A person stashing their partner avoids posting evidence of their relationship online, inviting them over to their residence, and introducing them to their friends and family. Instead, they keep details of their life pre-relationship to themselves and spend all their time in their partner's "world," whether it be on social media or in real life.

Stashing is incredibly difficult to pull off in modern days with the Internet and social media. Most relationships progress to a social media "coming out" moment in their early stages, so when a partner is resistant to participate, serious questions arise about their commitment.


I really think Amir is stashing Lindsey. She doesn't even know where he lives and isn't on social media
Yeah, maybe his name isn't even Amir

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Updated August 18, 2021

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