27 Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse Throughout History

Sexual intercourse. Such a clinical, boring, uninspiring term.

It really takes me smack back to the sex-ed classes in school.

I’m sure those classes were provided to educate but honestly, I think they were more intended to scare the bejeezus out of us and lead us to abstain from any kind of sexual activity for the rest of our lives! My mind still shudders with memories of those graphic images that apparently were necessary to share. Yeeucch!!

Now in my circle of friends and acquaintances if I said say “I am good to go and ready for some sexual intercourse tonight with my man!” I would be shut down and probably give them ample years of taking the piss on my behalf. Not something I’m willing to hand them on a plate oh no sir-ee!.

Now if I were to substitute ‘sexual intercourse’ with a “roll in the hay”, “to go bump uglies”, or “getting some horizontal tango action”, not one single eyebrow would be raised.

Slang terms for sex have been used right throughout history. It seems that it’s been acceptable and really, kind of expected to get a little creative when describing the act of having sex.

Let’s take a look through some of the more comical terms that our forefathers (and mothers) came up with.

Thanks to Green’s Dictionary of Slang which covers hundreds of years of common talk, vulgarity and jargon, I now present to you……

A timeline of slang terms for the act of sexual intercourse!!!

  1. Give someone a green gown (1351). Now, after the initial what the hell??, I now am putting my interpretive cap on and making the presumption this was a reference to having a roll in the hay, but the hay was green and probably grass and now you look like a walking taking turn farm.
  2. Play nug-a-nug (1505)
  1. Play the pyredewy (1512)
  2. Play at Couch quail (1521)
  3. Ride below the crupper (1578). Not sure what to make of this one. A crupper is a strap that is bucked to a saddled and looped under the horses tail to prevent the saddle moving forward. I’m leaving this one right here!
  4. Board a land carrack (1604). With a Carrack being a large merchant ship, I don’t know HOW I’d feel being compared to be bloody huge ship!
  5. Fadoodling (1611). Well isn’t this just fabulously delightful? James VI was the King of England, and fashion was questionable to say the least. It goes to follow the language would be just as gushy. Could you imagine the conversation? “We ride our steeds in the dawning of the day to battle you are requested that none of you partake in any form of fadoodling to retain your energy!” See, it fits a little wanky but fits.

via urbandictionary.com

  1. Put the devil into hell (1616)
  2. Night physic (1621). I guess it must have been what scholars studied at night right?!
  3. Princum-prancum (1630). I have no idea what this cryptic turn of phrase means well obviously sex but how?? Who knows but I like it. It’s kind of catchy!
  4. Culbatizing exercise (1653)
  5. Join Paunches (1656). Big bellies unite!!

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  1. Dance the Paphian jig (1656)
  2. Play at tray trip of a die (1660). Say what??
  3. Dance Barnaby (1664). The Barnaby is a lively little dance with quick and uneven movement. I can see the similarities here! I’m starting to catch on!
  4. Shot Twixt wind and water (1665). No no I’ve got no idea again. Apparently twixt means contraction so it seems I really am not catching on. This makes no sense to me. It is wrong though that my mind wondered to a chocolate bar when I read this one?
  5. Play at rantum-scantum (1667). No this isn’t like paying at Wembly stadium. To quote Grose 1811 Dictionary Pay at rantum-scantum meant ‘making the beast with two backs’. Of course.
  6. Blow of the groundsills (1674)
  7. Play hey gammer cook (1674)
  8. Join giblets (1680). Teeeehehehe. I do like this one it sounds just a little wrong. Athough it doesn’t make sense as giblets are the liver, heart, gizzard or neck of a fowl but I’m thinking the definition may not have been the same back then.
  1. Play at rumpscuttle and clapperdpouch (1684)

27 Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse Throughout History | Stay At Home Mum

  1. Lerricompoop (1694). How’s about some lerricompoop you nincompoop??
  2. Ride a dragon upon St. George (1698) – Is that like ‘ride a cock horse to Baneberry Cross?’ “¦wait.. what exactly is THAT rhyme about? I am suss on everything now!
  3. Houghmagandy (1700)

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  1. Pogue the hone (1719)
  2. Make feet for children’s stockings (1785). Say what??
  3. Dance the Kipples (1786)
  4. Have one’s corn ground (1800). Ooooh raunchy! Though if corn is the first thing that came to mind when describing one’s penis you need to seek medical advice STAT!!
  1. Horizontal refreshment (1863)
  2. Arrive at the end of the sentimental journey (1896)

Being ‘strayan it really is a prerequisite that you are fluent in slang the more obscure the better. There are so many different sexual innuendoes’s taken from history I am personally thinking of re-birthing some of these into my everyday language.

Modern Slang Terms for Sex

Now we fast-forward to some of the more modern terms for intercourse – ones you have probably heard of!

To Sleep With

A Rogering

Shag

Hump

Get Laid

Get Lucky

Go All the Way

Make the Best with the Two Backs

Slap and Tickle

Tap Dat Ass

Ride the Flagpole

Sexy Time

Quickie

Pound the Punnani Pavement

Nooner

Jamming the Clam

Jiving

Jumping Bones

Mattress Dancing

Poking Squid

Posting a Letter

Nookie

Smang (it)

Poke

Screw

Ball’s Deep

Do the Nasty

Bump Fuzzies

Bump Uglies

Bump Nasties

Horizontal Bump

Horizontal Bop

Hot Beef Injection

Know in the Biblical Sense

Hide the Salami

A Bit of Crumpet

Adult Naptime

How’s Your Father

Baking the Potato

Bandicooting

Banana in the Fruit Salad

Rumpy Pumpy

Sexy Time

Shocking the Monkey

Tubular Wedging

Smush

Knock Boots With

Shaft

Bang

Fuck

Balling

Assault with a Friendly Weapon

Bedroom Rodeo

Bonking

Boning

Boom Boom

Cave Diving

Checking the Oil

Buttering the Biscuit

Feeding Kitty

Fishing for Kippers

Fletching

Fenorking

Gutsticking

Up to Your Nuts in Guts

Going All the Way

Netflix and Chill

Boink

The Humpty Hump

What are your favourite slang terms for sex that you’ve heard of?

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