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 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 Other top reasons were concerns about drug use, requests for information and reports of cyberbullying and sexting. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Tips to Colorado’s Safe2Tell hotline hit another record as new school year begins," 6 Aug. 2019 These posts were obtained from A Thin Line, MTV’s campaign against sexting, cyber bullying, and digital dating abuse., "Sexting: Is your teen under pressure to send nude selfies?," 19 Feb. 2018 State lawmakers in Washington have made progress on a bill that would decriminalize teen sexting, KIRO 7 reported. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Washington State Lawmakers Are Advancing a Bill Decriminalizing Teen Sexting," 7 Mar. 2019 Perales’ campaign says the sexting went on over three months. Washington Post, "Woman sexted with lawmaker, now she wants to replace him," 29 Mar. 2018 Here's how to handle every sexting situation that comes your way. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "Your Complete Guide to Sending and Receiving Nude Photos," 30 Apr. 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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The first known use of sexting was in 2005

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26 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sexting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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