Hopeless Romantic

My brother has always been a hopeless romantic; he writes love poems in his spare time!


A hopeless romantic is an expression describing a person who has romantic notions about life. For a hopeless romantic: life = love. Especially when that person is involved in a relationship - He/she thinks about love and romantic relationships in a different way than other people.

People considered to be hopeless romantics can also be described as “dreamers”, “daydreamers”, “idealists”, or “sentimental”.  These descriptions all describe a particular personality.

The "hopeless" part might be due to the way these people perceive the world - in a dream-like, wishy-washy, perhaps unrealistic manner.  Hopeless romantics have lofty or elaborate expectations, not just about love, but also about life itself.  According to some, more "rational", "practical" thinkers, these people are considered fools, for their romantic notions about life.  They build an idea up about love, and are usually doomed to perpetually search for a relationship that will satisfy them, although their own expectations are so dream-like that they are not easy to fulfill.

Examples of Hopeless Romantic Gestures:

  • Sending flowers
  • Writing love poems
  • Gifts for no special occasion


Someone described as a “hopeless romantic” – a dreamer, an idealist, someone with an elaborate, imagined fantasy of what love and life is – is usually also NOT described as:

  • Realistic
  • Practical
  • Grounded

Is it Good or Bad to Be a Hopeless Romantic?

Depending on the context, you can use the term hopeless romantic to describe someone in either a “positive” or a “negative” way.

“Negative” Hopeless Romantic Example:
Keith is such a hopeless romantic; he’ll never find someone who can live up to the standards he has in his mind of what a relationship is!

“Positive” Hopeless Romantic Example:
My husband has always been a hopeless romantic.  Every once in awhile he surprises me with a planned weekend getaway, just the two of us.  He really knows how to keep the passion going, even though it’s been 20 years!

Bonus Expression:  “Rose Colored Glasses”

Here is another, related expression - associated with the one we just examined: to wear rose-colored glasses (or spectacles).

A “hopeless romantic” is usually also described to be someone who walks through life wearing “rose colored glasses”, meaning the way they view the world is tinted pink.  Everything is lovey-dovey, beautiful and romantic.  

Hopeless romantics are notorious for wearing rose-colored glasses!

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