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To date, the by-far most popular post on this blog is my “Sexy Thesaurus,” a list of nouns that can be used for the male and female sex organs.

However, if you’re writing, you might find yourself struggling with talking about not only his or her you-know-what, but also the actions they undertake! So, as a favor just for you, I’ve collected a whole list of sexy verbs. There are so many that this post will chronicle things that people do to others–keep an eye out for a list of sexy verbs that are responses. As with the nouns, some of these are cringe-inducing, and some blush-provoking, but I have not discriminated in collecting an assortment here. Even if you’re not writing, read on for entertainment purposes!

This time, I looked at a 2000 Robin Schone erotic historical romance, a 2006 MaryJanice Davidson paranormal, a 1992 Janet Evanovich contemporary, and a 1990 Johanna Lindsay Pirate Regency (that’s all warped from the bath. Oops.). Oh, and I also took a look at my own contemporary erotic romance novella.

(FAIR WARNING: We’re talking R-rated vocab here. Flee now if that scares you.)

These are generally grouped into categories, but most can be used very creatively and could describe many things:

The act in general (Note: there are a million metaphors for this, so I’m going to go with the most basic terms that I actually came across in the books):

  • lay with
  • bed
  • make love
  • bang
  • bone
  • shag
  • have sex
  • f*ck

Positioning:

  • settle over (mouth or body)
  • raise
  • rock (against)
  • grind
  • plump up
  • bob
  • bear (down on)
  • lift
  • twine/entwine
  • spread
  • pin
  • cover
  • tangle/entangle
  • nestle
  • encircle
  • anchor
  • guide
  • rest (between or against)
  • rotate
  • surround
  • bare
  • straddle

Touch:

  • handle
  • trail (down, across, or up)
  • worship
  • swipe
  • rub
  • love
  • grab
  • caress
  • soothe
  • massage
  • move
  • cup
  • take
  • hold
  • sear
  • swirl
  • tug
  • trace
  • devote time to
  • crush
  • make love to
  • wrap (arms/hand/self around)
  • move
  • treat to
  • feel
  • yank
  • tease
  • roll (between)
  • brush
  • work
  • twist
  • sweep
  • cradle
  • sear
  • knead
  • tweak
  • finger
  • pull
  • slide
  • glide
  • seduce
  • tantalize
  • clasp
  • drag
  • wiggle
  • trail
  • grope
  • follow (the curve/line/angle of)
  • skim
  • torture
  • curl
  • stroke
  • inflame
  • creep
  • run (along)
  • peel
  • arouse
  • explore
  • give
  • scorch
  • pinch
  • savor
  • wriggle
  • seize
  • surge
  • cling
  • ravish
  • tickle
  • tap
  • plant (a kiss or hand)
  • nuzzle
  • clasp
  • clutch
  • pleasure
  • flick
  • catch
  • feather
  • possess
  • slither
  • map
  • test
  • weigh
  • linger
  • outline
  • nudge
  • stretch
  • grip
  • graze
  • cradle
  • force
  • grasp
  • circle
  • inch
  • scale
  • brand
  • abrade
  • play
  • scrape
  • flex
  • close (on/around)

Penetration of various orifices:

  • plunge (into)
  • push
  • settle (between/into)
  • fill
  • ravage
  • shove
  • press (down on or into)
  • enter
  • thrust
  • dip (into)
  • delve
  • embed
  • penetrate
  • bury
  • probe
  • impale
  • stab
  • burrow
  • tunnel
  • insert
  • dart
  • pierce
  • spear
  • prod
  • breach
  • sink (into)
  • tunnel
  • sheath

Um, is anyone else blushing yet? Let me know if I missed something essential–there’s a huge variety of vocab to explore!

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