DOM (Dating Term)

What Does DOM Mean?

DOM means "Dominant."

Dom is an abbreviation of the word "dominant." It is used to describe a sexual relationship in which one party is dominant and the other is submissive (sub).

Dom is an element of BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadomasochism).

A female dom is sometimes referred to as a domme.

For more on dom/sub relationships, see D/s.

Check out our complete list of dating terms.

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Definition for DOM

"Dominant" is the most common meaning for DOM on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and, as well as in texts and on chat forums.
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
3: Guessable
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Example of DOM Used in a Text


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