In Brazil before you are boyfriend and girlfriend, you can be ficantes. The concept is similar to a hookup

When you meet someone in a bar, night-club, bookstore, etc., and you hook up with that person, in Portuguese we use the verb ficar.

So a ficante is a person that you are hooking up with, without anything serious. A person that you are just “ficando”.


  • O menino que você estava ontem, é algo sério?
  • Nada, só ficante mesmo.