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 Their mutual hate grows into love, and their heated arguments evolve into obvious foreplay. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 24 Mar. 2022 That’s until he gets tossed into a preposterous climax that seems to have lost some key foundational foreplay in the edit. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2022 That said, as written the characters almost dare viewers to care too deeply about them, and the show's attempts to be edgy occasionally feel simply icky, including a later encounter in which a gun is brandished as a kind of foreplay. Brian Lowry, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 This foreplay is done out of sheer necessity—females are generally bigger and more aggressive than the males. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021 Where’s the line between wrestling your boss over a keychain and actual foreplay? Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 20 Aug. 2021 After all that foreplay, Samsung finally announced the main Galaxy Unpacked event of the second half of 2021. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 July 2021 In this case, the foreplay is the part to be worried about. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 16 Mar. 2020 Honestly, this awkward chat can wind up being foreplay. Gigi Engle, SELF, 28 Sep. 2018 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of foreplay

: erotic stimulation preceding sexual intercourse

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