sex·​ting | \ ˈsek-stiŋ How to pronounce sexting (audio) \

Definition of sexting

: the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone

Examples of sexting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smarter about relationships in the age of sexting and Tinder than nearly any other modern show, this hit just wrapped its run after five successful seasons. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 There was sexting, there were Zoom dates, an onslaught of tasteful and not-as-tasteful nudes peppered with a few choice horny video messages. Alison Roman, Bon Appétit, "Alison Roman's Self-Quarantine Dating Life Is One Long Quest for Phone Sex," 30 Apr. 2020 Encourage Critical Thinking Start with questions that will help teens assess the risk and anticipate the consequences of sexting. Shafia Zaloom, New York Times, "Sexting, Consent and the ‘Quaranteen’," 28 Apr. 2020 Video dates, sexting, reading erotica to each other over Facetime and dropping into chat rooms are all approved as alternative options to hooking up with someone outside your self-isolation zone. Aidin Vaziri,, "Coronavirus FAQ: What is safe sex in the social distancing era?," 23 Mar. 2020 Surgical masks are in shortage and Democrats need work on reportage, but first: a cartoon about parental sexting. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News," 4 Feb. 2020 The city’s mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was at the center of one of politics’ first big sexting scandals (unrelated to the corruption charges that later put him in prison), and the pair were inspired. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Drunk-Text Decade," 10 Dec. 2019 Drivers under 18 can have their license suspended for missing school, sexting and vandalism, among other things. Austen Erblat,, "South Florida still has racial disparities in driver’s license suspensions, report says," 3 Dec. 2019 However, both GenXers and Millennials are much more likely to create porous Internet boundaries — including sexting, cybersex, and following a former boyfriend/girlfriend online. 3. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Marriage and Fidelity in the Internet Age," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sexting

2005, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sexting

blend of sex and texting

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15 Feb 2021

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“Sexting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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