It is difficult to determine the sex of some of the lower animals.
2 sexual intercourse or relations, coitus, coition, mating, copulation, (sexual) congress or union, intimacy, lovemaking, making love, coupling, Colloq making out, going to bed, shacking up, Slang having it away, Taboo Slang screwing, shafting, shagging, fucking, Chiefly Brit bonking:
They feel that there is too much sex and violence on television these days.
1 male or female
female, male | opposite
At that age they can started becoming shy with the opposite sex.
a single-sex school
| fair/fairer, gentle
(humorous) (= women; some women may find these terms annoying)
SEX + NOUN
She's had a sex change operation.
| equality | discrimination, inequality | ratio
between the ~es
differences/inequalities/relations between the sexes
the battle of the sexes
The quiz is a battle of the sexes between a team of male students and a team of female students.
| on grounds of sex
discrimination on grounds of sex
| irrespective/regardless of sex
The word ‘man’ can refer to all humans, irrespective of sex.
2 sexual intercourse
anal, oral, penetrative, vaginal | gay, homosexual, lesbian | heterosexual | good, great, passionate | safe | unprotected, unsafe | consensual, non-consensual | extra-marital, illicit, premarital | kinky | casual, promiscuous | unlawful
He was convicted of having unlawful sex with an underage girl.
| explicit, gratuitous
Films containing explicit sex are banned.
VERB + SEX
engage in, have
She had never had sex before.
| consent to | refuse | obtain, procure
SEX + NOUN
a healthy sex life
| drive, urge
a low sex drive
Despite his age, he still has a lot of sex appeal.
| act, practices
photos showing sex acts safer sex practices
| therapist, therapy | organ | hormone | education | abuse, assault, attack, crime, offence
child sex abuse
He had a reputation of being a sex maniac.
| film, scene, show | symbol
She wants to be known as a singer rather than as a sex symbol.
| shop | aid, toy | scandal
sex between consenting adults
| ~ with
sex with her husband
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