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lovemaking

[ luhv-mey-king ]
/ ˈlʌvˌmeɪ kɪŋ /
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noun

the act of courting or wooing.
sexual activity.

RELATED WORDS

kissing, intercourse, mating, dalliance, foreplay, copulation, intimacy, courtship, courting, coitus, coition, fondling

Nearby words

lovell, lovelock, lovelonging, lovelorn, lovely, lovemaking, lover, lover's knot, lover's leap, lover, samuel, loverly

Origin of lovemaking

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at love, making
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British Dictionary definitions for lovemaking

lovemaking

/ (ˈlʌvˌmeɪkɪŋ) /

noun

sexual play and activity between lovers, esp including sexual intercourse
an archaic word for courtship
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Word Origin and History for lovemaking

lovemaking


n.

"courtship," mid-15c., from love (n.) + make. Phrase make love is attested from 1570s in the sense "pay amorous attention to;" as a euphemism for "have sex," it is attested from c.1950.

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