Greek Terms of Endearment and Affection

Greek is a language that is well-suited for expressing affection and love. Ancient Greek culture has left its mark on the contemporary Greek language with its poems, dramas, and tragedies. For instance, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, who plays a central role in Greek mythology, is still well-known to this day.

The Most Common Greek Term for Endearment

The most common Greek term for endearment is « αγάπη » which translates to “love” or “affection”.

The Greeks use the word "αγάπη" in the same way that English uses the word “love” – both as a basic vocabulary word and as a term of endearment.

Unlike English, which uses “love” in a broad context – for example, referring to people and objects using the same word, in Greek, “αγάπη” is mainly used when addressing people.

The Greek communication style is very loving and warm, so there is no wrong way to use the word “αγάπη.” This term of endearment can be used in many different settings, for example, when addressing one’s child, spouse, best friend, or even a fairly recent romantic partner.

Most of the time, Greeks combine “αγάπη” with the possessive pronoun (μου). Without the use of the possessive pronoun, the term “αγάπη” becomes more casual and informal.

Here are some examples of common Greek phrases using the term of endearment «αγάπη»:

Greek Terms of Affection for Love and Relationships

Greeks are very creative when it comes to ways of addressing their significant other.

Let’s go through the standard terms of affection used in Greek:

Note that the first two terms of endearments are used widely in English, but all the rest apply mainly to the Greek language. Also, all the words are gender-neutral, and both genders use them equally.

How the People Involved Romantically Are Called in Greek

Greeks in a relationship refer to their significant other as “my boy” or “my girl.”

For a married couple, Greeks use the words man and woman to refer to their husband or wife.

In a more formal context, greeks use the word “σύζηγος” to refer to their husband or wife (a gender-neutral word).

Greek Terms of Endearment for Men and Boys

Greek men and boys like to use terms of endearment, especially in greetings when they run into each other. The most popular words have a casual and informal tone that -usually- does not put an emphasis on physical appearance.

Greek men use these terms when addressing a man or a woman interchangeably. The difference is that when addressing a man, they use the masculine form, as seen below:

"Ρε" is an informal but very common Greek interjection used to address someone in a casual way, similar to "hey" or "mate" in English. It is often used between friends or peers and as a friendly greeting or to get someone's attention.

Greek Terms of Endearment for Girls and Women

Greek girls and women use the common terms of endearment mentioned above in the masculine forms when addressing a man and in their feminine forms when addressing a woman, as seen below:

However, girls oftentimes utilize a richer list of adjectives to address one another. Some common examples, we’ll be listed below:

Greek Terms of Endearment for Family

In Greece, families have a rich tradition of expressing their affection through the use of particular terms of endearment — these terms are a way of reinforcing the bonds of love and connection within the family.

The most common way to do so is by adding a diminutive to the standard family member nouns:

Greek Terms of Endearment for Children

The terms you learned in the “terms of endearment for a loving partner” section can be safely used when addressing your loving child.

Greeks tend to employ a cute vocabulary when conveying love, so as a result, nicknames in those two categories sometimes overlap.

Some other examples used for children (and for loving patterns):

Greek Phrases to Tell Someone You Like or Love Them

1 Σε συμπαθώ – (Se sibatho)
“I like you”

Used solely in a non-romantic context, meaning I like you as a person.

2 Μου αρέσεις – (Mu aresis)
“I like you”

Used for romantic and non-romantic interests alike. It can mean “I like you as a person” or “I like you romantically,” depending on the context.

3 Σε θέλω – (Se thelo)
“I want you”

Used solely for romantic interests since it conveys a feeling of lust.

4 Σε αγαπάω/ αγαπώ – (Se ayapao/ ayapo)
“I love you”

The ultimate way to express your love to someone verbally. It can be used for any intimate relationship (friend, family, lover) as long as there is a strong bond between the two.

5 Σε λατρεύω (Se latrevo)
”I worship you, I adore you”

This phrase is a more intense expression of love and conveys a sense of complete devotion, admiration, and reverence.


The Greek language is rich in expressions of love and affection, offering a wide range of words and terms reflecting the depth and diversity of human emotions.

The Greeks are not afraid to use these words, and you shouldn’t be either! Don’t feel shocked if the woman searching where the beans are in the supermarket aisle after you help her replies, “Ευχαριστώ ψυχή μου” (Thank you, my soul).

Words of affection and love are shared anywhere, anytime, and are sure to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. So, shower your loved ones with Greek terms of affection – you cannot go wrong with them, and your people are guaranteed to feel appreciated, adored, and loved.