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lovemaking

[luhv-mey-king]
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noun
  1. the act of courting or wooing.
  2. sexual activity.
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Origin of lovemaking

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

noun
  1. sexual play and activity between lovers, esp including sexual intercourse
  2. an archaic word for courtship
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Word Origin and History for 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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