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Cuffing Season

noun; compounding; clipping
The period of time when the weather is colder, typically the few months before and during the winter holidays, where people are more inclined to settle down into serious romantic relationships. The cold weather allegedly contributes to feelings of loneliness and isolation, thereby causing the enhanced want for companionship.
 
Cuffing is a verb that metaphorically refers to the act of entering a serious relationship (the original definition was to handcuff something, where handcuffs are the physical restraints used by law enforcement), and is usually used in a negative context because the word “handcuffing” is associated with feelings of being trapped or imprisoned (like how one could feel in a serious relationship). “Cuffing Season” is also typically used in a negative way, usually to convey a snarky or bitter tone for comedic effect.
Etymology : Cuffing is a clipping of the word handcuffing (which is the noun handcuff + verb forming affix -ing), and the whole term is a compound of the verb cuffing (here used as an adjective to describe season) and the noun season.
Source : “Now That Cuffing Season is Upon us, Here are 21 of the Funniest and Realest Tweets About Being Single” (article by Delia Cai for Buzzfeed, 10-7-2019).
Last modified: 10 December 2019


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