What does breadcrumbing mean?

Leading someone on romantically

Breadcrumbing means leading a person on in a romantic way with no intention of committing to a ship. It is sometimes done on accident but is mot often done on purpose because the person thinks it's fun.

The term comes from Hansel and Gretel, which is a fairy tale where they leave breadcrumbs on the path they take so they can follow it out of the forest. The breadcrumbing person may send provocative texts or give flirty glances but then wants nothing to do with commitment.


"She is the worst, just breadcrumbing me along, until she can find someone more fun."
Breadcrumbing is often done through texting

Breadcrumbing is often done through texting

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Last Updated: March 28, 2017

Breadcrumbing definition

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