Main definitions of sext in English

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sext1

noun

  • A service forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) at the sixth hour of the day (i.e. noon).

    • ‘A vow of celibacy would be the order of the day, although there is something called sext… a midday prayer.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin sexta (hora) sixth (hour), from sextus sixth.

Pronunciation:

sext

/sɛkst/

Main definitions of sext in English

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sext2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Send (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone.

    ‘older teens are more likely to engage in sexting than their younger counterparts’
    ‘one in nine Brits sext their partner every day, a new survey has found’
    [no object] ‘the primary reason teenagers sext is to look cool and sexy to someone they find attractive’
    • ‘Parents have been warned of a new teenage trend of "sexting", in which children exchange explicit photos of themselves by text.’
    • ‘"Sexting" is fast becoming a moral and legal headache for school heads and police throughout America.’
    • ‘But the fact of the matter is, in Massachusetts, at least, the only prosecutable crimes which sexting fits within are those crimes which are intended to target child pornography.’
    • ‘If any parent thinks that they're smarter than their kids, who grew up with iPhones and Blackberries and computers and texting and sexting and instant messaging and twittering and all of that stuff, then they're wrong.’
    • ‘This whole summit is about a survey that they release, saying that one in five kids are sexting, one in three kids bully or are being bullied over the internet.’
    • ‘Tthey discovered that adolescents who sexted, were more likely to have started dating and to have had sex than teens who did not sext.’
    • ‘But in most states, sexting is considered child pornography and your kids who think they're just doing something harmless among their friends can actually be prosecuted as sex offenders.’
    • ‘Because sexting cases are so new, local communities across the country vary greatly in their handling, from filing child pornography charges against the teenagers involved to alerting parents and letting them deal with it.’
    • ‘In Vermont, they're considering legal protection for teens who have been caught sexting.’
    • ‘We don't want to stifle young people's sexual development but it is important that parents and schools understand the rise of sexting so together we can act to stop sexual bullying.’
    • ‘Those naughty 900 numbers may still exist, but cybersex and the scandal-du-jour phenomenon of sexting have stolen most of the spotlight from landline lovin' these days.’
    • ‘The suburbs aren't safe from the trend either: socio-economic status had virtually no effect on whether teens sexted.’
    • ‘Sexting cases have emerged in British schools in the past and safety campaigners are concerned for teenagers' welfare.’
    • ‘The survey also showed that teenagers who engage in sexting were more likely to have casual sex.’
    • ‘Adolescents who sext do exactly what one should expect when one equips them to do it.’
    • ‘For, when you think back to the creation of mobile phones, what started as a useful way of communicating quickly turned into sexting.’
    • ‘Over 20 percent of teens have said that they have sexted.’
    • ‘Almost unheard of a year or two ago, sexting cases are popping up with more frequency across the country.’
    • ‘So, beyond the parental issues and the moral implications, how serious is sexting?’

noun

informal
  • A sexually explicit photograph or message sent via mobile phone.

    ‘many kids who send sexts say they meant to play a joke’
    • ‘If you're a concerned parent, cutting off a texting plan isn't likely to rein in your teen's sexual habits - those sexts are just a reflection of their habits at large.’
    • ‘Researchers found youngsters were regularly being sent sex texts or "sexts" - often by their school friends.’
    • ‘Most people who reported receiving sexts also reported sending them, suggesting that sexting is reciprocal and probably happens between romantic partners.’
    • ‘He admitted to sending sexts to six young women.’
    • ‘We're talking to one teen whose text or sext changed his life and not for the better.’
    • ‘Alex, 19, received his first sext from a girl he met at a party.’
    • ‘One fifth of children aged 10 to 15 has sent or received a sext, an inquiry was told.’
    • ‘Although Temple found no gender differences between the percentage who had sent a sext, the boys were more likely than the girls to ask for one.’
    • ‘It was great fun until the sexts started: I don't think anyone would describe me as a prude, but I didn't like getting 'sexted'.’
    • ‘In Nebraska, the law differentiates between those who maliciously distribute sexts to third parties and those who send them with the intent of them being seen by the recipient alone.’

Origin

Early 21st century: blend of sex and text.

Pronunciation:

sext

/sɛkst/