from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sexual stimulation or activity between partners without anal or vaginal penetration.

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  • n. Sexual activity without vaginal or anal penetration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sexual stimulation without vaginal penetration


outer + (inter)course.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A punning opposite of intercourse. (Wiktionary)


  • Sex therapists use the term outercourse to describe the numerous acts that create sensual and sexual pleasure but do not include penetration.

    Kerry Cohen: Sex Education Tips

  • This section uses the terms complete abstinence and lovemaking without intercourse sometimes called outercourse to differentiate between these two kinds of abstinence.


  • If you don’t have a condom and you want to make love, this kind of contact sometimes called outercourse is a good way to get off while being safe.


  • Before my tape recorder can begin rolling, phrases like "outercourse" and "the abstinence jar" bounce off the walls, which are dotted with colorful posters and photos of Shalom's grown children.

    Ms. Magazine Online

  • July 7th, 2009 WASHINGTON - People who do not want to go all the way to sexual intercourse can still be more sexual, more intimate, and even more orgasmic with their lover, thanks to what sex experts call an "outercourse".

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • One sex therapist notes that communication is enhanced during outercourse.

    Kerry Cohen: Sex Education Tips

  • For teens who are experiencing that hormone rush but aren't ready to expose themselves to possible pregnancies and STDs, outercourse is perfect.

    Kerry Cohen: Sex Education Tips

  • Boys receive plenty of cultural pressure to have as much sex as they can, even when they aren't ready to do so emotionally, so outercourse is a more gentle introduction into the world of sexual feelings and intimacy.

    Kerry Cohen: Sex Education Tips

  • In case I need to clarify, I believe it makes sense to include outercourse in sex education.

    Kerry Cohen: Sex Education Tips

  • And, let's face it, the likelihood of a girl having an orgasm via outercourse is much better than during intercourse.

    Kerry Cohen: Sex Education Tips


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