screw around

verb

screwed around; screwing around; screws around

intransitive verb

1
: to waste time with unproductive activity : dally
2
: to have sexual relations with someone outside of a marriage or steady relationship : be sexually promiscuous

Examples of screw around in a Sentence

he hired a private detective because he thought his wife was screwing around
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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of screw around was in 1935

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“Screw around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screw%20around. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

screw around

verb
1
: to waste time with unproductive activity : dally
2
: to have sexual relations with someone outside of a marriage
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