GGG (Dating Term)

What Does GGG Mean in a Text?

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GGG means "Good, Giving, and Game." It is a term that was popularized by sex columnist Dan Savage that is meant to represent the qualities one should aim to have within a sexual relationship. Here's a breakdown of the three Gs:

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Good - Being good in bed, which doesn't necessarily mean having an innate skill or being experienced. It's more about being attentive, considerate, and making the effort to ensure your partner enjoys the experience as much as you do.

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Giving - This means being generous without necessarily being self-sacrificial. It's about ensuring your partner's needs and desires are being considered and met as well as your own, within the bounds of comfort and consent.

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Game - This is about being open-minded and willing to try new things within the realm of sexual experiences, as long as it's safe, consensual, and doesn't violate any of your boundaries. It's about having a positive attitude towards your partner's fantasies and desires.

The idea is that these qualities can lead to a healthier and more satisfying sexual relationship. GGG isn't meant to pressure individuals into anything they're uncomfortable with; rather, it's a guideline for maintaining a compassionate, enthusiastic, and reciprocal dynamic in the bedroom. Unless you are particularly prudish or uptight about sex, or are very juvenile, it definitely should not be considered a "red flag" in a dating profile, nor an indication that the poster is only interested in hooking up.

GGG is sometimes further abbreviated as GG ("Game and Giving"). (It is not clear if a person who describes himself or herself only as GG is a less "good" lover than someone who claims to be GGG.)

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When I write GGG, I mean this:

meaning of GGG

GGG is meant to represent the qualities one should aim to have within a sexual relationship.

Summary of Key Points

Definition for GGG

GGG means "Good, Giving, and Game." This is the most common meaning for GGG on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and, as well as in texts and on chat forums. Here is some more information about GGG:
Definition:Good, Giving, and Game
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user


An Academic Look at GGG

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GGG is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced one letter at a time.

Other examples of initialisms are:

  • BF - "Boyfriend."
  • GF - "Girlfriend."
Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are abbreviations spoken as words.

Example of GGG Used in a Text

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