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

Definition of sext

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

Examples of sext in a Sentence

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Boys were much more likely to have sent and received a sext from a current partner, but boys and girls were equally likely to receive them from others. Kayla Mckiski,, "Teen sexting may be less common than you think," 1 Aug. 2019 Teens who have sent a sext are 32% more likely to have had intercourse a year later, according to a 2014 study led by Jeff R. Temple, a professor and researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 Many teens who receive or send sexts are normal adolescents. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 This summer, all our thirst traps and sext exchanges are hereby sponsored by Rihanna, the alpha and omega of savage. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Rihanna’s Lingerie Line Will Inspire You to Be Your Thottiest Self," 11 May 2018 For most of July and August though, Mars will be retrograde in your love sector and a few sext from the ex may follow. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018 Who knows what this person might be expecting to receive in a quick sext. Ericka Hart, Glamour, "Cancer May Have Changed My Breasts, But It Didn't Mess With My Sexy," 16 Apr. 2018 Negative experiences—such as feeling pressured, being the victim of sextortion or bullying, or having sexts posted online—have tended to be rarities in sexting studies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sexting is on the rise among teens: ~27% get nudes, other racy messages," 27 Feb. 2018 There were no significant gender differences in the rate of sending or receiving sexts. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sexting is on the rise among teens: ~27% get nudes, other racy messages," 27 Feb. 2018

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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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