foreplay








noun

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

noun

  1. mutual sexual stimulation preceding sexual intercourse
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]

n.

  1. The sexual stimulation that precedes intercourse.

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