6 Sex Terms You've Probably Never Heard Before, Defined

The internet has given us many gifts. From memes to comment sections on articles, it is a trash heap treasure trove where virtual strangers can freely exchange ideas and express their creativity. One amusing manifestation of this is the ever-changing landscape of sex terms.

Thankfully, the internet can also provide answers to even the most fucked up Urban Dictionary entries. Admittedly, it can be hard to stay updated on the lingo, so I’ve compiled a list of sex terms I’ve come across online that I had to look up. It’s tough admitting that I don’t, in fact, know everything, but admission is the first step toward recovery.

Despite a profound misunderstanding of the word frottage, I bravely dove deeper into the internet to learn the words you’re afraid to have in your browser history. Perhaps it might even give you ideas for new sex positions. Or, at the very least, give you a new word for Scrabble. Either way, you’re welcome. 


Not your New England uncle’s favorite pastime (or maybe it is, I don’t know your uncle), shrimping is described by our friends at Urban Dictionary as the sexual act of sucking on another person’s toes. In other words, a typical Tuesday night for Jax Taylor. And with that, my biennial voyage to Red Lobster for Endless Shrimp™ will never be the same again.


Defined as someone who is “primarily sexually, romantically, and/or aesthetically attracted to genderqueer, transgender, and/or non-binary people,” a skoliosexual is not necessarily attracted to the same set or subset of people as another skoliosexual. And some people exhibiting skoliosexual tendencies may not prefer to be labeled as such.


Cucking (short for cuckolding) is an offshoot of swinging, most commonly thought of as a kink whereby one partner gets off on watching the other engage in sexual acts with another person. However, this is just one iteration of cucking. In some cases, the cuck (the partner not engaging in sex or other acts with a third party) may not be in the room when things go down. Instead, the cuck may prefer that their partner describes to them later in detail what happened with the other party, which the cuck finds arousing.


Despite the sophisticated-sounding name, it is not a sweet nickname for Harry and Meghan’s new digs. The meaning of frottage is far more juvenile — in that it is something I was more likely to do in college, middle, or high school than now — it essentially means dry humping. Do adult humans who are old enough to drink in the United States and not on their periods choose to do this? I’m genuinely curious. No judgment, though, whatever rubs you the right way. 


OK, so this isn’t technically a sex term per se, but it’s used frequently enough that I thought it merited inclusion on this list. An incel (short for “involuntary celibate”) is defined via Urban Dictionary as “a person (usually male) who has a horrible personality and treats women like sexual objects and thinks his lack of a sex life comes from being ‘ugly’ when its really just his blatant sexism and terrible attitude.” In other words, the entitled jerk on your apps who calls you an “ugly bitch” right after you ignore or reject his gross attempt at an opening line. Hard pass.


To put it simply, queening (which can also be known as kinging) is the act of sitting on someone’s face to facilitate oral (or, in some cases, anal) sex. Because, let’s face it, we’re all busy people, and sometimes it’s best to get right to the point. However, ensure your partner is on board with such literal, in-your-face behavior. Consent, like cash, is king, Queen.

Hopefully, you have come away from this article learning something new (and feel free to add “queening” and “frottage” to your dating app bio). If not, and you already knew all of these, remember bragging isn’t cute.

Amanda Reiss
Amanda Reiss
Amanda resides in New York City. When she isn’t busy judging, she can be found watching Bravo, drinking chardonnay and talking about her favorite blind items. You can follow her on Instagram @skichica8.