friend zone

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From friend +‎ zone. Popularized by a 1994 episode of the American sitcom Friends entitled “The One with the Blackout”.



friend zone (uncountable)

  1. (slang) The situation in which one is viewed by a potential partner as a platonic friend, which complicates the initiation of a romantic relationship.
    • 1996, Chris Rock, Chris Rock: Bring the Pain:
      Every platonic friend I got is some woman I was tryin' to fuck, I made a wrong turn somewhere, and ended up in the friend zone.
    • 2003, Dan Indante; Karl Marks, The Complete A**hole's Guide to Handling Chicks:
      Clearly, it is critical that you stay out of the friend zone.
    • 2004, Tony Clink; Bret Witter, The layguide:
      But, even after such a promising start, a lot of guys let their encounters degenerate into . . . the dreaded Friend Zone.
    • 2005, Terry Dennis, The Manual:
      Once in a while, you will find yourself stuck in the friend zone. Don't panic, you are not alone.
    • 2007, Helen Salter, Does Snogging Count as Exercise?:
      “Stuck in the Friend Zone,” said Sasha wisely, although I don't think she's dipped a toe in the Friend Zone in her life.

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friend zone (third-person singular simple present friend zones, present participle friend zoning, simple past and past participle friend zoned)

  1. (slang, transitive) To classify as a friend, but without any possibility of a romantic relationship.

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