\ ˈsekst How to pronounce sext (audio) \
sexted; sexting; sexts

Definition of sext

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive + intransitive

: to send someone a sexually explicit message or image by cell phone : to engage in sexting He feigns deep concern and sympathy for a young woman who sexted a selfie to a boyfriend who, in turn, broke up with her and distributed the photo on the Internet.— David Wiegand Some kids use their phones to bully students or to sext or make inappropriate phone calls.— Daniel Domenech


noun (1)
plural sexts

Definition of sext (Entry 2 of 3)

: a sexually explicit message or image sent by cell phone Many kids who send sexts say they meant to play a joke, and often the kid in the photo was in on it.— Emily Bazelon


noun (2), often capitalized
\ ˈsekst How to pronounce sext (audio) \

Definition of sext (Entry 3 of 3)

: the fourth of the canonical hours

First Known Use of sext


2007, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

2001, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sext

Noun (2)

Middle English sexte, from Late Latin sexta, from Latin, sixth hour of the day, from feminine of sextus sixth, from sex six

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“Sext.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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