Top definition. Like a catfishing , except the person is real but their intentions are to ruin you financially, emotionally, steal your identity or con you in some other way. Back in the day, mermaids where thought to lead sailors to their doom by leading them to dangerous storms, crashing upon rocks, or dragging them down under the sea. I finally got in the DMs with that hottie Mercedes, but all she wanted was for me to get her Snapchat premium. She was mermaiding me this whole time. Jan 15 Word of the Day.
Rebel Wilson Coined a New Dating Term Called Mermaiding & Let’s Hope You Never Need to Try It
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Boost Your Vocab! It's also sometimes used to refer to a trend in beauty featuring such styles as holographic pastels or mermaid-inspired details. The mere-exposure effect says that humans are more likely to develop a preference to familiar things.