BEAR TERMINOLOGY

  • bear - a man with a beard or goatee typically with a hairy chest and body and a stocky or heavyset build; often older (or older looking) and displaying a masculine appearance and mannerisms.

  • chaser - a term that refers to someone who is not a bear, cub, or otter, but is sexually or romantically attracted to them (this term is often used in various communities to describe an outsider who has sexual attraction to people within that community).

  • cub - a younger (or younger looking) version of a bear, typically but not always with a smaller frame. The term is sometimes used to imply the passive partner in a relationship.

  • daddybear - is an older more husky guy sometimes looking for a daddy/son relationship or a Bearcub.

  • panda bear - an Asian bear.

  • muscle bear - a muscular bear.

  • muscle cub - a muscular cub.

  • otter - a man who is hairy, but is not large or stocky - typically thinner, or with lean muscle.

  • papa bear - see daddybear

  • polar bear - is an older guy with white or grey fur/beard.

  • pocket bear - shorter bear.

  • pocket protector - taller bear.

  • manatee - heavyset, hairless bear (usually derogatory)

  • sugar bear - a "sugar daddy" bear; a bear who wants the company of a younger or more traditionally attractive male or "chaser" in exchange for favors/gifts

  • woof! - A greeting sometimes used when a bear spots another bear in public and wants to express physical attraction. He will make a growling noise ("Grrrr!") or say "Woof!"

  • fluffy - A camp or effeminate bear (also sometimes used as a derogatory name for bears)