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DTR (2)

acronym Verb and Noun
When you are unsure where you stand in a new relationship, so you ask your partner to define the relationship.
 
This is typically used during that awkward stage in a relationship where you are wondering if you are just friends, dating, or exclusive. It can be used as a noun: “Y’all need to DTR.” Or you can add a suffix to it, and use it as a verb: “I DTRed.” It encapsulates the awkward and nervous feelings associated with asking someone to define the relationship. Again, this is an example of text/cyber lingo transitioning to verbal slang. I think people say “DTR” instead of “define the relationship,” because it conceals the meaning from those who do not know what it means, specifically parents.
Etymology : initialism formed from the words “define the relationship.”
Source : “Y’all need to DTR.” (Friend, August 2017)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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