af·​ter·​play | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌplā How to pronounce afterplay (audio) \

Definition of afterplay

: intimate activity that takes place following sexual intercourse Now we're not knocking foreplay … but we thought it was about time too-often-overlooked afterplay got some airtime.— Amy Spencer, Cosmopolitan, June 2000 Like other babies from those species of horned lizards that hatch from eggs, the lizard in my hand would never know its mother and would probably never know any kind of physical closeness to other horned lizards except during mating and the occasional lingering afterplay.— Susan Hazen-Hammond, Smithsonian, December 1994

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First Known Use of afterplay

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterplay

after- + (fore)play

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“Afterplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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