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

Examples of foreplay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this case, the foreplay is the part to be worried about. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "An expert guide to love and sex during a pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 Honestly, this awkward chat can wind up being foreplay. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018 But even with foreplay, some women need a little extra help (and that's totally OK). Elyssa Goodman, Glamour, "7 Causes of Pain During Sex—and What to Do About Them," 21 Mar. 2019 Turn ons: Extended foreplay, silky lingerie, the perfect lighting Moon in Scorpio Your feelings run deep – all or nothing. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Your Moon Sign Is More Important Than You Think," 18 June 2019 Who but men could have scripted such a response, which seems intended to please a harasser who sees aggression as foreplay? Noam Cohen, WIRED, "Why Siri and Alexa Weren’t Built to Smack Down Harassment," 6 June 2019 Trust us, these Valentine's Day lingerie looks are too good to only wear during foreplay. Talia Abbas, SELF, "19 Valentine’s Day Lingerie Looks You Should Wear This Feb. 14 Because You Love Your Damn Self," 6 Feb. 2019 This kiss is usually the foreplay to something more. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Kissing Positions You Should Try During Your Next Makeout Session," 9 Apr. 2019 Jaime didn’t knight Brienne because of a crush, and anyone seeing that interaction as foreplay is completely missing the point. Courtney Shea, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brienne of Tarth Lives—And Gwendoline Christie Has Some Thoughts About that Love Triangle," 6 May 2019

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First Known Use of foreplay

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foreplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foreplay

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


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

Medical Definition of foreplay

: erotic stimulation preceding sexual intercourse

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