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lovemaking

[luhv-mey-king] /ˈlʌvˌmeɪ kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of courting or wooing.
2.
sexual activity.
Origin of lovemaking
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see love, making
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  • Annie-Many-Ponies, woman-wily though she was by nature, had little learning in the devious ways of lovemaking.

  • Card-playing, lovemaking, and practical jokes were the order of the day.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • lovemaking is the most central, underlying motive of all the mimic dances all over the globe.

  • I would have interfered with his lovemaking, had I been able.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • This introduced of necessity an impossible and conventional bit of lovemaking and a recognition of a long-lost heir.

  • The wife found many ways to interrupt her husband's lovemaking.

  • On the subject of lovemaking, which was witnessed by the trees in the grove at Fairy Knoll, we will be silent.

    Little Wolf M. A. Cornelius
  • He knew that he was tired to death of Eleanor—tired of her moods and her lovemaking.

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
British Dictionary definitions for lovemaking

lovemaking

/ˈlʌvˌmeɪkɪŋ/
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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