What is Cuffing Season?
Unlike most modern dating terms that go against rainbows, butterflies and fuzzy feelings, ‘cuffing season’ actually has rather positive definition. Most of the time, anyway. Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. explains it refers to a period of time—typically fall or winter to be exact—where people who preferred to be single are in the market for a full-blown, committed relationship. ‘Cuffed’ as you might remember from English class means ‘committed’—hence the name. So why the change in spirit “This change of attitude is believed to be due to it getting dark earlier—as well colder—and people spending more time indoors, all of which can increase a person’s loneliness and desire for a closer connection to someone,” she explains.