Making out

In human sexuality, making out is a sexual euphemism of American origin dating back to at least 1949. It covers a wide range of sexual behaviors, and means different things to different age groups in different parts of the U.S. including prolonged, passionate kissing (also known as French kissing), intimate contact, including heavy petting-that is, skin-to-skin contact, Making out is usually considered an expression of affection or sexual attraction to a current or prospective sexual partner. An episode of making out is frequently referred to as a make-out session.

The perceived significance of making out may be affected by the age and relative sexual experience of the participants. For instance, teenagers with little experience in erotic or intimate relationships may perceive making out as a serious act of intimacy, whereas those with more accumulated knowledge and experience may ascribe less significance to the act - as mere foreplay. Inexperienced teenagers sometimes play party games in which making out is the main activity as an act of exploration. Games in this category include Seven Minutes in Heaven and Spin the Bottle. Teenagers are also known to have social gatherings, referred to as "make-out parties" or "kissing balls," in which making out is the predominant event. Sometimes these activities are confined to a specific section of a party, which may be termed the "make-out room."

Usage in published works

Edward 'Eddie' Simmons: "When you're making out, which do you prefer, Sinatra or Mathis?" Diner (film) 1982.

See also

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