foreskin

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fore- +‎ skin

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foreskin (plural foreskins)

  1. The nerve-dense, retractable fold of skin which covers and protects the head of the penis in humans and some other animals.
    • 1611, Bible (King James Version), Genesis 17:14:
      And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
    • 1990, Robert D. Martin, Primate Origins and Evolution: A Phylogenetic Reconstruction, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-08565-4:
      In primates, the foreskin is present in the genitalia of both sexes and likely has been present for millions of years of evolution.
    • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
      The foreskin has two main functions. Firstly it exists to protect the glans penis. Secondly the foreskin is a primary sensory part of the penis, containing some of the most sensitive areas of the penis.
    The female clitoral hood is homologous with the foreskin.

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foreskin (third-person singular simple present foreskins, present participle foreskinning, simple past and past participle foreskinned)

  1. To remove the foreskin
    • 1976, Max Brown, The black Eureka, page 52:
      What she meant, of course, was young initiated men, and any such would be in short supply until after the foreskinning ceremonies at Christmas.
    • 1981, Exile - Volume 8, page 17:
      I always liked an open fire," an open wound, suppuration of silent words from somewhere, a long line of fathers foreskinning for all they were worth, unknown, unsaid, alone in ice-cold space as we're all alone in the absence of God with only His mother, the mother of God, out there in black face, alone herself, the queen of the world...
    • 2000, Peter Kivisto & ‎Georganne Rundblad, Multiculturalism in the United States, ISBN 1452251746:
      An article in Instauration entitled “Foreskinning” exclaims that “slicing off babies' foreskins cannot be described as anything but forms of mutilation” performed by “savages.”
  2. To sexually stimulate by manipulating the foreskin.
    • 2008, Vanessa Place, La Medusa, ISBN 1573661457, page 356:
      According to Scotty, who should have played the accordion, and did he, Dr. Bowles now wonders, grow up to be Scotty Boy Potty and was all this merely a terribly tropish bit of biz foreskinning the man he would becum, nuntheless, according to Scott, if one waved bye-bye up and down, i.e. flapping, versus side to side, i.e. wiping, one was a fag.
    • 2010, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Powder Necklace: A Novel, ISBN 1439149119, page 65:
      S'ter Penny started to go but stopped when she noticed Ivy was still standing with us. "Heh! Ivy Abankwah, jai foreskinning!" She told her to stop doing something -- I wasn't sure what "foreskinning" meant.
    • 2016, Marc Asanov Archibald, OF DOGS AND MEN - A myth therapy, ISBN 3736833717:
      Sucking whiskey from a sagging breast/ Sipping the bitter cigar/ foreskinning up and down...

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