foreplay

noun
fore·​play | \ ˈfȯr-ˌplā How to pronounce foreplay (audio) \

Definition of foreplay

1 : erotic stimulation preceding sexual intercourse
2 : action or behavior that precedes an event

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An actual tryst requires people to be physically present in the same place, but foreplay can happen anytime, anywhere – and the faithful may have no idea. Kim Komando, Fox News, "8 clever ways that tech can reveal a cheating spouse," 15 Sep. 2018 Done right, foreplay can be just as good as the main event. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "17 Foreplay Tips & Ideas You'll Be Dying to Try," 18 Jan. 2019 One thing that helps is engaging in enough foreplay to get adequately warmed up. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 30 Nov. 2018 Then, make sure there's plenty of foreplay involved. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "The Best Sex Positions That Belong in Every Woman's Repertoire," 23 Oct. 2018 According to clinical sexologist and host of 'Sexplantions,' Lindsey Doe, women need about 18 to 20 minutes of foreplay to become fully aroused, more than the average male-bodied person. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Have an Orgasm?," 28 May 2018 The film begins with Wade and girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) living blissfully, plotting to start a family and watching Barbra Streisand's 1983 movie musical Yentl as ... foreplay? Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'Deadpool 2': Ryan Reynolds on wooing Celine Dion, poking fun at 'Frozen'," 16 May 2018 Coates combines the couple’s flirtation at the bar, their foreplay in the hotel room, and their lovemaking into one big, symphonic sequence, while never fading out on their initial conversation. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Remembering the Cinematic Magic of Anne V. Coates," 10 May 2018 Again, start by thinking of sexting as a bit of virtual foreplay to the in-person fun. NBC News, "How to use sexting to improve your marriage," 21 Apr. 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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foreplay

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foreplay

: sexual actions (such as kissing and touching) that people do with each other before they have sex

foreplay

noun
fore·​play | \ -ˌplā How to pronounce foreplay (audio) \

Medical Definition of foreplay

: erotic stimulation preceding sexual intercourse

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