90 Super-Cute Nicknames for Your Special Someone

From the classics (hi, boo) to the more ~creative~.

Nicknames for partners can often get a bad rap. I mean, can they be cringey? Yes. But can total love and adoration as a concept, at times, be kinda cringey? Also yes! You’re in ~lurv~ (or like, very serious lust, nicknames don’t discriminate based on relationship status), you deserve to call your lover whatever you damn well please! So whether it’s “hot cakes,” “cutie patootie,” or “zaddy”, don’t let anything hold you back from expressing how obsessed you are with your person.

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Now, if you’re looking for something a smidge more original than “baby” (although it’s a classic for a reason and 100 percent on this list, don’t @ me), we put together this master list of 90 (!!) cute nicknames to call your boo thang—and yes, ”boo thang” is also on this list. Remember: You don’t need to be in a committed relationship to use a nickname. Hell, even if you’re just hooking up, you can still call them something hot while you’re getting it on. “Daddy” isn’t a pet name for nothing 👀, and if you use it while they least expect it, expect fireworks.

While the best nicknames for your partner can often come from an inside joke or a shared experience, we can't always guarantee a serendipitous moment that'll make the perfect nickname just appear out of thin air, especially if the relationship is new and you still want to call them something cute. to these options do the job and then some. So without further ado, the best nicknames for your special someone, right this way.

Things to call your partner

  1. Love (or lovely). It’ll do with or without a British accent.
  2. Boo. *cue Usher voice*
  3. Booboo Bear. This is for when you just start being nauseatingly in love (IYKYK).
  4. Honey Pot. Aww, and you’re his Winnie the Pooh.
  5. Sugarplum. Because they’re as sweet as candy.
  6. Sweetie. Short and simple.
  7. Sweetheart. Because being with them feels like Valentine’s Day every day.
  8. Baby Boy (or Baby Girl). If Beyoncé can call her man this, so can you.
  9. Baby Love. For when you’re in an endearing mood.
  10. Boo Thang. Loving them ’90s style.
  11. Cupcake. Who doesn’t love being compared to a tasty dessert?
  12. McDreamy. Oh, you’re def trying to study his anatomy.
  13. Honey Bun. If they’re sweet to the very core.
  14. Love Bug. This will make them speeeeechless.
  15. Muffin. Baked foods seem to be a common theme here and I don’t hate it.
  16. Pumpkin. Why not expand it to all foods? Everyone loves pumpkin pie.
  17. Dumpling. Okay, this is just too cute.
  18. Prince Charming. Because you’ve got a fairy-tale romance, right?
  19. Good-Looking. Hey, it’s the truth!
  20. Sunshine. Get it? Because they light up your life.
  21. My Darling. Bonus points if you say it in an exaggerated posh way like “Dahh-ling.”
  22. Cariño. Darling, in Spanish!
  23. My Honey. Just as sweet as sweetie and sweetie pie, just a little more personal.
  24. LOML. Stands for love of my life, make it cute and funny if you jokingly pronounce it like "Lomel."

    Names to call your sex bud

    1. Baby. Just because you’re casually having sex doesn’t mean you can’t call them “baby.”
    2. Sweet Cheeks. (Not the ones on their face.)
    3. Bro. For the guy you high-five after sex.
    4. Dude. Nothing says “keeping it casual” like calling your fuck buddy “Dude.”
    5. Baby Cakes. Don’t know what this means, but it sounds sexual, so.
    6. Boy Toy. This is both a nickname and a label.
    7. Sexy. Classic but effective.
    8. Hottie. Again, classic but effective.
    9. Doll Face. Let them know they’re a fine lil thing.
    10. Hercules. If he’s *extra* strong.
    11. Hot Cakes. For when you want all the frosting.
    12. Big Guy. Make your man who’s not your man feel real manly.
    13. Playboy. And you’re ready to be his bunny.
    14. Hunk. Just me, or is this delightfully retro?
    15. Casanova. Because he thinks he's so suave, ofc.
    16. Baby Girl. You’ve been warned—she might melt a little.
    17. Sneaky Link. A trendy term used to describe someone you're hooking up with on the low low. Use this one only if you're both on the same page.
    18. My Man/My Girl. Whip this one out during sex, thank me later.

      Names to call your fiancé/fiancée

      1. Hubby. Just a cute lil thing to call your husband (or husband-to-be).
      2. Wifey... Just a cute lil thing to call your wife (or wife-to-be).
      3. Mister. Make it old-school.
      4. Bubba. Sometimes nicknames are just sounds that sound cutesy.
      5. Booby. Calling someone a boob: rude. Calling them “Booby” = romantic.
      6. Captain. Yes, you’re both on the relationSHIP.
      7. Boo Boo. Two boos…powerful.
      8. Love Dove. And if they’re a bird, you’re a bird.
      9. Honey. I’d love to be called what is essentially sweet nectar goodness.
      10. Honey Pie. Put these sweet words together to really send a message of what you think of them.
      11. Love. Probs what you’re feeling anyway.
      12. Goober. Just because you’re engaged doesn’t mean you can’t be silly!
      13. Mi Amor. This really says it all.
      14. Old Man/Lady. IDK when we brought back saying “my old lady” or “my old man” to talk about our partners, but whatever, it’s cute.
      15. Cutie Patootie. It’s lighthearted, it’s funny, and it’ll make them feel special.
      16. Romeo. Hey, he was a romantic guy! Just forget about the last part of this play.
      17. Bebe. It's just baby, en español.
      18. Sugar. Say this one like you're in a classic film and follow it up with a wink.

        What to call the person you’re *sort of* talking to

        1. Tinder Babe. TBH, this might be what you have them saved as on your phone.
        2. Pal. When it’s not that serious and you don’t want to scare them away.
        3. Babe. If you’re not quite ready to transition to “baby” yet.
        4. Babes. Make it sound like you’re on an episode of Love Island.
        5. Baby Boo. He’s not your baby or your boo yet, but he can still be your Baby Boo.
        6. Cutie. Perfect for someone who’s a crush but not quite more yet.
        7. Lover Boy. This is both playful and hinting at the potential of something more.
        8. Cutie Pie. Letting them know they’re cute AND sweet like pie—the perfect combo.
        9. A shortening of their name. So if their name is Taylor, call them “Tay.”
        10. The first letter of their name. So if their name is Derrick, call them “D.”
        11. Their middle name. Especially if they’re sorta fake-embarrassed about their middle name.
        12. Foot fairy. (If they love soccer.)
        13. My dude/gal. It's cute enough to be intimate, but casual enough that it's not a huge deal—perf for that undefined ~talking~ phase.
        14. Boss. A little bro-y? Yes. But if done right, it can be the perfect flirty in.

          Things to call the father of your child

          1. Daddy. Sexual connotation intended.
          2. Baby Daddy. This is both cute and descriptive.
          3. Big Daddy. And yes, this is in reference to his penis.
          4. Big Papa. *sings* “I love it when you call me ‘Big Papa.’”
          5. Papi. Another sexy way to flirt in le spanish.
          6. Pops. Skip this one if this is what you call your actual dad.
          7. Zaddy. He’s not just a daddy, he’s a zaddy.
          8. Papa Bear. And you’re no Goldilocks—his bed is just right for you.
          9. Handsome. Hey, men like compliments too.

            Things to call the mother of your child

            1. Gorgeous. Especially this one.
            2. Beautiful. You should know this already.
            3. Baby Mama. Again, both cute and descriptive.
            4. Lil Momma. We love to see it.
            5. Mum. British accents only, thank you.
            6. My Queen. She is queen of the castle (well, your house), after all.
            7. Birthgiver. Again, skip if you use this on your actual mom, but could be cute for friendly co-parents!
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