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noun Digital Technology.
  1. the sending of sexually explicit digital images, videos, text messages, or emails, usually by cell phone.

Origin of sexting

2005–10; blend of sex + text; see -ing1


[sekst]Digital Technology.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to send someone a sexually explicit digital image, video, text message, or email, typically a photo of oneself, usually by cell phone.
  1. a sexually explicit digital image, text message, etc., sent to someone usually by cell phone.

Origin of sext2

2005–10; blend of sex1 + text
Related formssext·er, noun
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  1. mainly RC Church the fourth of the seven canonical hours of the divine office or the prayers prescribed for it: originally the sixth hour of the day (noon)

Word Origin

C15: from Church Latin sexta hōra the sixth hour


  1. RC Church an official compilation of decretals issued by Boniface VIII in 1298 to supplement the five books of the Liber Extra. It forms part of the Corpus Juris CanoniciIn full: Liber Sextus
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Word Origin and History for sexting



by 2005, from contraction of sex (n.) + text (v.). Related: Sexted; sexting.



early 15c., "third of the lesser canonical hours," from Latin sexta (hora), fem. of sextus, ordinal of sex (see six).

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