out·​er·​course ˈau̇-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce outercourse (audio)
: sexual activity between individuals that does not involve vaginal or anal intercourse

Word History


outer + intercourse

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outercourse was in 1986

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Cite this Entry

“Outercourse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outercourse. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


: physical sexual activity between individuals that typically includes stimulation of the genitalia but does not involve penetration of the vagina or anus with the penis
some people do not include oral sex in outercourse because it can cause transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV
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