Learn English – What’s the word for two people who like/love each other but neither one confesses it


Two people like each other or are in love but neither one has expressed it openly, so they each wonder about the other and consequently frustrations might begin to build… What's that called?

EDIT: March 3rd, 2012
The word I'm looking for describes love in such a fashion where two people love each other, but frustrations build because neither has acknowledged loving the other.

Best Answer

The most common expression is "unspoken love" (8960 written instances in Google Books). You could also call it "unacknowledged love", but some people may miscontrue that love as only "unacknowledged" by one of the two "would-be" lovers.