A term used to define the status of a relationship. Neither of the two partners are seeing anyone else, but the title boyfriend/girlfriend puts too much pressure or seriousness to a loosely dating
couple. (It is an exclusive relationship and neither are currently looking for another partner--but you would both still be considered "single
A less tactful term could be “fuck buddies
” but sex is not a prerequisite, and emotions are involved.
It's meant to be vague and confusing, because the relationship gets complicated when the lines aren't clearly defined, and the couples status is more than friends, but less than a committed relationship since emotions start to get involved.