Do you know that man who is always winking at women, or that woman who can’t help batting her eyelashes at passers-by? In English, we call these people flirts, but we’ve got a lot of other words for them, too! In this post, I share with you 5 advanced English vocabulary words for flirts. I hope you enjoy! (And if you do, please share! 😊)
1. Ladies’ Man
Ladies’ man is an affectionate term for a man who likes spending time with women and thinks he is attractive to them.
A student once asked me about the difference between a ladies’ man and a womanizer. It’s a great question! A womanizer doesn’t actually like women. He uses them to satisfy his own sexual desires, and when we call someone a womanizer, we disapprove of their behavior. A womanizer is a cruel person who only cares about himself. However, we usually smile when we think of a ladies’ man. A ladies’ man genuinely enjoys being around women, he genuinely likes women. He’s charming and fun, and if he’s an older man, we usually think that his desire to be around women is cute.
My grandfather has always been quite the ladies’ man. He loves the ladies, and they love him!
Gallant is the least common word on this list, although it is widely understood. Gallant is a literary or old-fashioned term, so when we use it today, it’s usually in humorous contexts. If you call someone a gallant, you should have a smile in your eyes when you say it.
A gallant is a fashionable young man who gives polite attention to women.
Don’t worry if you don’t understand every word of this short clip from The Tempest. This is Shakespeare, and his language can be difficult even for native speakers. You can get the main message of the scene from body language and facial expressions. The young woman and young man are smitten with each other, and the mother is happy about it. Do you notice how polite the young man is as he speaks to the young woman? Do you notice how nicely he is dressed? He is a gallant.
BONUS VOCAB: smitten
Tony is hardly a gallant. He burped in my face when I first met him, and he went on to tell me all about his sexual exploits before asking me out!
3. Old Goat
Whereas we think affectionately about the ladies’ man and admire the gallant, this term for a flirt is often an insult, although not a very strong one. In fact, it has a somewhat humorous tone.
An old goat is a lecherous old man who tries to have sex with much younger women.
BONUS VOCAB: lecherous
Be careful of the old goat over at Table 12. He just pinched me when I was pouring his beer!
The first three words for flirts all referred to men. These last two refer only to women.
A coquette is a woman who flirts with men without actually being romantically interested in them. The coquette flirts out of instinct more than desire. She just enjoys flirting. She is the ultimate tease.
You think Brenda likes you? Join the club. That girl is the biggest coquette this side of the Mason-Dixon Line.
A vamp is a seductive woman who uses her charm and her sex appeal to exploit men. Whereas the coquette simply likes the act of flirting, the vamp uses her womanly wiles to get what she wants. And although seductive women come in all shapes and sizes, a vamp is also often a bombshell in terms of her physique.
BONUS VOCAB: womanly wiles
BONUS VOCAB: bombshell
This word was first recorded in English in 1911. Did you know that it comes from shortening the word vampire?
Any man who falls in love with Chloe is a fool. She’s a heartless vamp who’s beguiled half the executives in New York into lavishing diamonds on her.
BONUS VOCAB: beguile
BONUS VOCAB: lavish
Only two days left, Stepper!
You’re almost there, Stepper! There are just two days left in this 14-day love vocabulary challenge!
Look at how much you’ve learned so far! I’m really proud of you for making it this far!
ADVANCED LOVE WORDS IN ENGLISH
Part 1: Vocabulary for Types of Kisses (5 words)
Part 2: Advanced English Words about Secret Meetings for Lovers (6 words)
Part 3: Quirky English Words for Lovers (6 words)
Part 4: Fun English Terms of Endearment (6 words)
Part 5: Seducer Synonyms (6 words)
Part 6: Colorful English Words for Irresistible Women (6 words)
Part 7: Advanced English Vocab for Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas (5 words)
Part 8: Romantic English Songs for Your Valentine’s Day Playlist (no vocab, culture only)
Part 9: Affair Synonyms in English (5 words)
Part 10: Romantic Adjectives for Memorable Compliments (5 words)
Part 11: Funny English Euphemisms for Sex (5 words)
Part 12: Advanced English Words for Flirts (5 words)
SO FAR, YOU’VE LEARNED 60 ADVANCED ENGLISH WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH LOVE! JUST 5 MORE TO GO!
Part 13: Cozy English Synonyms for ‘Cuddle’ (5 words)
Part 14: Fascinating Facts about Valentine’s Day (no vocab, culture only)