cun·​ni·​lin·​gus | \ ˌkə-ni-ˈliŋ-gəs How to pronounce cunnilingus (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cunnilinctus \ ˌkə-​ni-​ˈliŋ(k)-​təs How to pronounce cunnilingus (audio) \

Definition of cunnilingus

: oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris

Examples of cunnilingus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 This was a particularly horny Cannes lineup, with copious full-frontal nudity and a bevy of memorable cunnilingus scenes. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 20 July 2021 Remember, this is the same series that depicted a supe accidentally popping open a man's head during cunnilingus. Nick Romano,, 26 Mar. 2021 Maybe there is a future show in store on the foibles of cunnilingus. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 27 July 2019 For decades, the phrase referred to a softer, and presumably more female-friendly genre of erotic content, one with good lighting, minimal close-ups of penetration, lots of cunnilingus, and, of course, an actual plot. Lux Alptraum, The Verge, 18 Sep. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of cunnilingus

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cunnilingus

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

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cun·​ni·​lin·​gus | \ ˌkən-i-ˈliŋ-gəs How to pronounce cunnilingus (audio) \
variants: also cunnilinctus \ -​ˈliŋ(k)-​təs How to pronounce cunnilingus (audio) \

Medical Definition of cunnilingus

: oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris

Other Words from cunnilingus

cunnilinguism \ -​ˈliŋ-​gə-​ˌwiz-​əm How to pronounce cunnilingus (audio) \ noun


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