dry humping

[drahy] [huhmp]

What does dry humping mean?

Dry humping is sexual activity that doesn’t involve direct contact between genitals (dry referring to the lack of bodily fluid exchanged). It can involve various sexual behaviors, including (but not limited to) rubbing or touching a partner through their clothing.

Examples of dry humping

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Examples of dry humping
“"Trying to make plans with some of my friends is like dry humping a wall" Dan: 'The[y] never come?'”
Kasia Maciak Facebook (February 11, 2013)
“Is it still dry humping if you're both nude? I thought a factor was at least a layer of clothes. Huh. Anyway, careful about spreading herpes”
By popular demand @misscutechan Twitter (May 14, 2017)
“You guys start things off with a little makeout session. Next thing you know, you've landed yourself in Dry-Hump City, population: two. Let me help you relive every thought and emotion that overcomes your mind when you rub your dirty bits against Tommy's with a good, old-fashioned, G-rated denim barrier.”
Candice Jalili, “Jeans Were A Bad Choice: 83 Thoughts You’ve Had While Dry-Humping,” EliteDaily (November 16, 2015)

Where does dry humping come from?

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Dry hump has existed in popular slang since at least the 1960s. The use of the word hump with sexual connotations was recorded as early as 1785. Dry hump most likely emerged as an extension of this usage, with the modifier dry referring to the absence of bodily fluids and skin-on-skin contact.

Who uses dry humping?

Dry humping is often used to discuss outer sex, or sexual activity that doesn’t involve penetration and doesn’t risk pregnancy or STIs. It’s an option for people who want to engage sexually without losing their virginity or face the possibility of pregnancy. Dry humping might even refer to sexual activity with a pillow, mattress, or other object, since this also involves no chance of pregnancy or fluid exchange.

Dry humping can also be a form of foreplay that precedes penetrative sex or direct genital contact. The partnered dance move, grinding, which involves two people standing chest-to-back and gyrating their hips together, might also be described as dry humping.

The term dry humping is seen as unromantic by many. In the book Hooking Up: A Girl’s All-Out Guide to Sex and Sexuality Amber Madison gives her opinion on the expression: “Dry humping is undoubtedly the most unappealing name for a sexual act.” She continues by saying that it does not sound like “something you want your boyfriend to do to you.”

Humor can be found in the term dry humping. Comedian, writer, and actress Tina Fey includes it no less than twice in her book Bossypants. In a section of her book where she lists her hopes for her daughter, she writes: “Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short…[a]nd adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.” Fey clearly views dry humping as a practice of adolescence and young adulthood.

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