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"Friend zone" describes the way most women stop seeing a male friend as dating material after a certain amount of time has passed, even though she might have begun dating them had he acted differently when they first met.

John meets Mary. Mary thinks "This guy seems nice. He's quite funny and reasonably good looking". John doesn't ask Mary out, but they see each other at social functions. After a while, Mary stops seeing John as a nice guy who is quite funny and reasonably good looking, and just sees him as friend. John realizes he's secretly madly in love with Mary and begins trying to hang out with her more and more. Because John loves Mary, he stops behaving reasonably and starts doing anything just to spend time with her. Eventually, he summons his courage and confesses his love for her. But Mary just feels uncomfortable and confused. She doesn't want to lose her friend and she feels pressured by his feelings for her. To be honest, John's been a little needy and pathetic lately, hanging on her every word and catering to her every whim, and that's not really very sexy.

John had a chance when they first met but he fucked it up by not doing anything about it. When he finally got his act together, the friendship that developed actively interfered with his potential of getting Mary to go on a date with him.

source & further examples: reddit.com/r/TwoXChromosomes/comments/o01v8/what_i_think_when_someone_talks_about_friendzoning/c3denue
person A: I tried to kiss her, but then she said " I think we should just stay good friends. "
person B: Wow. You totally got into the friendzone.
by ilikepix January 03, 2012
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A myth based on a lie straight women tell their ugly straight male friends as a less hurtful way of rejecting their sexual advances. It is said that if a man doesn't immediately make his romantic intentions known that the woman will forever consider him a friend. He is then said to be in the "friend zone."
Julie: "Fred's a nice guy, but he's kinda fat and ugly, so when he asked me out, I told him I didn't want to risk ruining our friendship. I mean, maybe if he lost a few pounds..."
Nancy: "Good idea. That way his feelings aren't hurt. You really sidestepped that one."

Fred: "Julie's totally into me, but she considers the friendship too important to act on her intense desire for me."
Steve: "Aw, man, you're totally in the friend zone. That sucks. So what now?"
Fred: "Well, I guess I have to keep trying, right? I mean, she must find me attractive."
Steve: "Totally."
by Dracula's Spine January 19, 2008
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A realm of darkness and depression between hell and the earth's surface where innocent males are sent to by attractive/nice females when acting friendly as an attempt to build a good relationship with a female to interest them in a boyfriend and girlfriend relationship. This horrible place is to be avoided at all costs and all males are advised not to develop a crush on their close female friends in order to avoid this.
"So has (malename) had any luck with (femalename)?" - Generic person
"Nah, I don't think the poor guy has a chance at this point, he's waited too long and she put him in the friend zone by now." - Generic person's bro/buddy/pal/friend
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The term a Guy or Girl uses when rejected by someone they fancie/like/love etc... Generally used to obtain sympathy.
The notion in its self was probably conceived by someone wallowing in self pity after being "nice" didn't get them sex (which undermines the point of been nice) they also see people succesfull at getting relationships with women as "Jerks" etc... when in fact they are just jealous.

Being nice to a girl doesn't mean they owe you sex, and if that's all you want from them then your not the "nice guy" your in fact a "Jerk"

The girl/boy isn't "using you" when in the friend zone. you are free to leave whenever you want but they probably do stuff for you to that you don't notice seen as your so obsessed with having sex with them like help cheer you up when your down, they might do you a favor every now and then like any other friend of the same sex.

If some other person gets the one you like don't think you are the only person that has true feelings for them. your feelings are no different than anyone elses

There is probably people you have freind zoned so dont act so innocent either
by earlymorningrant111 July 23, 2012
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The excuse a man gives for a woman rejecting him sexually/romantically when he expected a payoff for being friendly.
"We've been friends for two years but really I want to be your boyfriend"
"Oh...well....I don't feel that way about you"
"You've put me in the friendzone? Thanks for wasting my time"
by wuzat? February 02, 2012
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Having all the responsibilities of a boyfriend with none of the benefits. Seen as a dick in a jar for women when she can't fuck someone better.
Mike had a crush on Kelly for years, but being in the friend zone prevented him from getting anywhere with her.
by Salvivor August 27, 2009
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When either a guy or a girl puts alot of time and energy into wanting to date someone but end up getting false hope and the common lines like "its complicated" or " i love you so much as a friend and i do not want to lose that bond" bottom line your just a friend. Usually that might make you feel like a gay confident and you will just suffer more while hanging around with the person you love. Often happens to nice guys who finish last.
john i am sorry but I like you more as a friend (welcome to the friend zone)
by hiddenhand September 30, 2009
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