cun·​ni·​lin·​gus ˌkə-ni-ˈliŋ-gəs How to pronounce cunnilingus (audio)
variants or less commonly cunnilinctus
: oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Typically each bout of cunnilingus lasted for about 50 s. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2013 Gone are the days of coy (read: cunnilingus) fruit references and despair over the end of his relationship with Camille Rowe. Vulture, 20 May 2022 In the ensuing years the site continued to earn money from Google on articles with false claims that cunnilingus can help prevent cancer, a man killed over 20 pizza delivery men, and a woman named her children Corona and Virus. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2022 Further study was recommended on the adaptive function of cunnilingus in preindustrial societies. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 His fetish for cunnilingus is matched only by Vargas Llosa’s compulsion to describe it over and over again, in language that is awkwardly blunt and stodgy. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2021 What bothers me is how some of these men would focus on my more salacious content—the silly tweets about cunnilingus or the outrageous fantasies about celebrities—and think that is all there is to me. Nichole Perkins, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Nov. 2021 Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ comedy about Americanness and soccer and friends and therapy and cunnilingus, has lately become the topic of weirdly intense internet outrage. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 The film, Carax’s first in English, is an unabashedly anti-commercial endeavor featuring artfully staged cunnilingus, multiple watery graves and a singing baby puppet. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


cunnilingus, New Latin, from Latin, one who licks the vulva, from cunnus vulva + lingere to lick; cunnilinctus, New Latin, from Latin cunnus + linctus, act of licking, from lingere — more at lick

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cunnilingus was in 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Cunnilingus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


cun·​ni·​lin·​gus ˌkən-i-ˈliŋ-gəs How to pronounce cunnilingus (audio)
variants also cunnilinctus
: oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris
cunnilinguism noun
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