foreplay

[ fawr-pley, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌpleɪ, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

sexual stimulation of one's partner, usually as a prelude to sexual intercourse.

Origin of foreplay

First recorded in 1925–30; fore- + play
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British Dictionary definitions for foreplay

foreplay

/ (ˈfɔːˌpleɪ) /

noun

mutual sexual stimulation preceding sexual intercourse
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Word Origin and History for foreplay

foreplay


n.

in sexual sense, by 1911, from fore- + play (n.). Earlier as a theatrical term (by 1857).

In fact the poem which Mr. Brooks has translated is but the "prologue to the swelling theme," the fore-play to the actual drama of Faust. ["The Christian Examiner and Religious Miscellany," Jan.-May 1857]
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Medicine definitions for foreplay

foreplay

[ fôrplā′ ]

n.

The sexual stimulation that precedes intercourse.
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