fool around/mess around (sexual meaning)

lapot

Senior Member
Hello!! I'd like to know the difference, if any, between fool around and mess around. I'm talking about the sexual meaning these verbs convey.
I think both can mean something like 'kiss, makeout...maybe having sex as well?'

I'd like to know, too, if this meaning is commonly used. And, is it informal?
Thanks in advance!
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    To me, today they usually imply having sex. If you're reading a book from the 1950s, they could mean stopping before having sex.

    (Yes, it's common, and yes, it's informal.)
     
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