foreplay

noun fore·play \ ˈfȯr-ˌplā \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of foreplay

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

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First Known Use of foreplay

1929


FOREPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

foreplay

noun

Definition of foreplay for English Language Learners

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


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foreplay

noun fore·play \ -ˌplā \

medical Definition of foreplay

: erotic stimulation preceding sexual intercourse

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