the person one dates, makes out with, or sleeps with while waiting or actively searching for the love of one's life - who is quite often found during or immediately after relationship with said placeholder.
Though also viable, cute, and longing for a longterm relationship, there is often some unknown 'thing' in the placeholder's manner, ambition, world view, or timing that often prevents the placeholder from being "the one."
"I just found out Chris married the woman he started dating when he was still sleeping with me. He told me he didn't want a serious relationship. I feel like such a placeholder."
by 50_dates May 03, 2012
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A word used to avoid a question you don't want to answer. A universal word. They're not very specificand leave you in doubt.
"I have to do SOMETHING afterschool."
"Theres this thing I have to do."
"Theres a lot of stuff in my head."
Those are placeholders..
by yepyeahyesss February 26, 2009
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A non-smoker who is left to guard a table and/or chairs in a busy environment while the smokers go outside for a cigarette.
Tom : "It's busy, we could lose the table."

Dick : "Don't worry, Harry's our placeholder."

Harry : "Thanks a bunch."
by flynnbarr March 20, 2010
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A boyfriend who is just there to satisfy the need for having a boyfriend.

i.e. someone who is fulfilling short-term needs in your life, but for whom you don't see a long-term purpose.
Eh, he's just a placeholder boyfriend in my life. I hate sleeping alone.

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I don't get fazed when I'm into a girl who has a boyfriend. I always just assume that he's a placeholder boyfriend, and that she'll dump him once she finds someone real.
by Philosophistry April 05, 2009
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Placeholder Text is when one is being used as a fake partner. Often being cheated on or is not good enough for their partner.
I can’t belive john is sydni’s Placeholder Text. She sent me nudes last night
by Thiccboi12349 February 27, 2018
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A girfriend (or boyfriend) that you date with the plan to ditch them as soon as something better comes along.
"Yeah, Amanda's not great but she's just my placeholder girlfriend."
by writeon January 11, 2012
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