sex·​ting | \ˈsek-stiŋ \

Definition of sexting 

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

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His laptop was being analyzed by FBI investigators as part of a separate sexting investigation involving a teenage girl. NBC News, "Watchdog report to blame Comey, FBI for Clinton probe delay," 21 May 2018 There’s science to support the use of sexting as a tool to help mend marital issues, too. NBC News, "How to use sexting to improve your marriage," 21 Apr. 2018 Toepfer resigned last October after a sexting scandal involving him and two other people. Jeanne Houck,, "New treasurer joins Forest Hills Schools Nov. 1," 9 July 2018 This is why kids get into trouble with sexting, cyberbullying or documenting their own misdeeds. Jeanne Whalen, WSJ, "Is Screen Time Bad for Children’s Mental Health?," 24 June 2018 Nominations: 12 Tina Fey’s stage adaptation of her 15-year-old film proved a nimble refresh with nods to texting, sexting, tagging and hashtagging. Erika Milvy,, "Tony Awards: Races to watch and front-runners to beat," 9 June 2018 Cropper succeeds Rick Toepfer, who resigned as treasurer of the Forest Hills Local Schools last October after a sexting scandal involving him and two other people. Jeanne Houck,, "Forest Hills schools to hire Alana Cropper as treasurer," 4 June 2018 The simple fact is Rep. Perales initiated both sexting and physical contact with me that involved kissing, forceful behavior and other behavior. Washington Post, "Woman sexted with lawmaker, now she wants to replace him," 29 Mar. 2018 Book-writer Fey effortlessly incorporated dialogue about screens, texting, sexting, posting, tagging and hashtagging. Erika Milvy,, "'Mean Girls' was a movie before Twitter even existed. How did creators update it to be a modern musical?," 2 May 2018

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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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