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sex British & World English

(Chiefly with reference to people) sexual activity, including specifically sexual intercourse

sex- British & World English

Variant spelling of sexi-, shortened before a vowel (as in sexennial), or shortened before a consonant (as in sexfoil).

sex English Thesaurus

a group of teenage boys sat around the table talking about sex

sex New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

use gender in reference to social or cultural differences

sexi- British & World English

Six; having six

sex act British & World English

A sexual act

sex toy British & World English

An object or device used for sexual stimulation or to enhance sexual pleasure

anal sex British & World English

Sexual activity involving penetration of the anus

oral sex British & World English

Sexual activity in which the genitals of one partner are stimulated by the mouth of the other; fellatio or cunnilingus

phone sex British & World English

Sexually explicit telephone conversation engaged in for sexual gratification

safe sex British & World English

Sexual activity in which people take precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS

same-sex British & World English

Relating to or involving people of the same sex

sex bomb British & World English

A woman who is very sexually attractive

sex crime British & World English

A crime involving sexual assault or having a sexual motive

sex drive British & World English

A person’s urge to seek satisfaction of their sexual needs

sex life British & World English

A person’s sexual activity and relationships considered as a whole

sex role British & World English

The role or behaviour learned by a person as appropriate to their sex, determined by the prevailing cultural norms

casual sex British & World English

Sexual activity between people who are not established sexual partners or do not know each other well

sex appeal British & World English

The quality of being attractive in a sexual way

sex change British & World English

A change in a person’s physical sexual characteristics, typically by surgery and hormone treatment

sex hormone British & World English

A hormone, such as oestrogen or testosterone, affecting sexual development or reproduction

sex-hungry British & World English

Having strong feelings of sexual desire; lustful

sex kitten British & World English

A young woman who asserts or exploits her sexual attractiveness

sex-linked British & World English

Tending to be associated with one sex or the other

sex maniac British & World English

A person whose need for sexual gratification is excessive or obsessive

sex object British & World English

A person regarded by another only in terms of their sexual attractiveness or availability

sex-starved British & World English

Lacking and strongly desiring sexual gratification

sex symbol British & World English

A person widely noted for their sexual attractiveness

sex therapy British & World English

Counselling or other therapy which addresses a person’s psychological or physical sexual problems

sex tourism British & World English

The organization of holidays with the purpose of taking advantage of the lack of restrictions imposed on sexual activity and prostitution by some foreign countries

sex typing British & World English

The stereotypical categorization of people, or their appearance or behaviour, according to conventional perceptions of what is typical of each sex

unsafe sex British & World English

Sexual activity in which precautions are not taken to reduce the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases, especially AIDS

sex appeal English Thesaurus

she just oozes sex appeal

sex chromatin British & World English

Material found only in the nuclei of female cells (especially as the Barr body) and believed to represent the inactivated X chromosome

sex industry British & World English

Prostitution and pornography viewed as an industry

sex offender British & World English

A person who commits a crime involving a sexual act

sex chromosome British & World English

A chromosome concerned in determining the sex of an organism, typically one of two kinds

sex discrimination British & World English

Discrimination in employment and opportunity against a person (typically a woman) on grounds of sex

the weaker sex British & World English

Women regarded collectively

the opposite sex British & World English

Women in relation to men or vice versa

same-sex marriage British & World English

Marriage between partners of the same sex (as recognized in some jurisdictions)

the sterner sex British & World English

Men regarded in contrast to women

sex something up in sex British & World English

Present something in a more interesting or lively way

sex someone up in sex British & World English

Arouse or attempt to arouse someone sexually


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