sexting

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

Definition of sexting

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

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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 To practice safer sexting, at the very least, add a passcode to your phone and have your partner do the same. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "Your Complete Guide to Sending and Receiving Nude Photos," 30 Apr. 2019 The bill, which has bipartisan support from 15 different sponsors, would change the way teen sexting cases are handled. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Washington State Lawmakers Are Advancing a Bill Decriminalizing Teen Sexting," 7 Mar. 2019 The study, which assessed data from 39 studies published from 2009 to 2016, also showed that sexting has increased in recent years. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "Sexting is increasingly common for teens," 3 Mar. 2018 Coerced sexting by aggressors who pressure or manipulate their victims can be harmful, triggering guilt, shame and embarrassment. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 While boys are sometimes bullied or shamed over sexting, girls are more likely to be victimized. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 As more teens get involved in sexting, parents’ worries about the trend are mounting even faster. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 Exhibition and exploitation seem painfully linked in an era where selfies are the norm and sexting scandals have become banal. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Dangers of Parenting a Beautiful Daughter," 6 June 2017

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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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