Last week, I wrote a post on synonyms for the most intimate parts of the body, which can be helpful when writing a sex scene (or just writing about a character who’s thinking about being in one.) I felt like it would be helpful to have those separated out.

Here, I’ve rounded up all kinds of verbs, nouns, and adjectives you might like to use in the steamy parts of your next story. It can be inspiring to think beyond one’s usual vocabulary.

I have more verbs than anything else, because they’re important. Lots of them can also be nouns–I didn’t list them twice. I haven’t explained the possible contexts for these words, but hopefully you’ll imagine them.

There are actually more than five hundred. You know how it is–you get started, and it’s hard to stop. Anyway, I’m a writer, not a mathematician. Check out the list!

 

500 Great Words for Sex Scenes

 

 

VERBS!

gaze
stare
desire
crave
want
need
yearn
seek
ache
throb
pulse
flare
burn
intoxicate
overwhelm
stun
stagger
flutter
kiss
steal
coax
encourage
soothe
brush
bite
scrape
scratch
nip
nibble
lick
taste
suck
lave
drink
feast
feed
swallow
lap
savor
devour
consume
flood
seep
sate
delve
explore
worship
fuse
drown
abandon
immerse
ease
open
part
spread
slip
dart
trust
offer
ravish
assault
invade
fill
crash
force
plunder
capture
imprison
restrain
claim
sweep
swirl
caress
massage
cuddle
snuggle
cradle
cup
scoop
nuzzle
pet
rub
tickle
stroke
trace
trail
skim
graze
strip
reveal
gasp
breathe
inhale
pant
sigh
whimper
hiss
growl
cry
sob
moan
groan
choke
beg
murmur
whisper
scream
roar
tease
torment
torture
play
work
toy
course
surge
swell
strain
rouse/arouse
waken/awaken
escalate
rage
inflame
spark
thrill
enchant
fascinate
stir
stimulate
electrify
galvanize
skyrocket
provoke
invite
tempt
incite
demand
command
urge
transport
transfix
surrender
succumb
melt
relax
exalt/exult
relish
revel
flush
redden
tingle
hold
fling
close/enclose
grasp
grip
grab
tug
cling
pinch
squeeze
pull
roll
tumble
drag
haul
heave
yank
cover
flex
brace
dip
thrust
buck
arch
lift
rise
tilt
stretch
dive
kneel
sink
consummate
drive
penetrate
slam
ram
pummel
impale
plunge
bury
crush
fuck
push
shove
press
pound
thrash
convulse
clutch
clench
tighten
twitch
tremble
shiver
quiver
shake
shudder
jerk
writhe
rock
rack
circle/encircle
wrap
twine/entwine
clasp
enfold
wind
move
travel
roam
coil/recoil
squirm
twist
curl
struggle
wiggle
wriggle
slide
lunge
lower
fulfill
explode
shatter
come apart
fly apart

 

 

NOUNS!

scent
fragrance
flavor
tang
spice
embrace
hug
strength
beauty
hunger
longing
touch
act
grace
skill
instinct
passion
madness
obsession
freedom
wonder
sensation
treasure
seduction
persuasion
ecstasy
rush
greed
plea
rumble
fever
frenzy
euphoria
elation
rapture
longing
pleasure
satisfaction
gratification
devastation
service
edge
shock
jolt
rhythm
texture
friction
frisson
vision
siren
goddess
inamorata
soul mate
lover
gentleman
scoundrel
rake
climax
encounter
peak
joy
eyes
pupils
mouth
skin
flesh
satin
velvet
steel
goosebumps
lips
teeth
tongue
ear
lobe
jaw
stubble
hair
neck
nape
sweat
shoulder
back
chest
torso
belly
abdomen
navel
hips
curves
hands
wrists
fingers
nails
legs
ankles
feet
toes
heart
blood
veins
nerves
soul
bond
welcome
ardor
bliss
mess

 

 

ADJECTIVES!

reverent
devout
fervent
sincere
gentle
careful
patient
persistent
insistent
unrelenting
determined
languorous
slow
sweet
tart
pure
delicate
silky/silken
smooth
soft
tousled
tangled
creamy
rosy
bronzed
supple
lean
lithe
taut
smoky
smoldering
molten
willing
pliant
yielding
weak
slack
lax
vulnerable
unguarded
naked
nude
bare
exposed
intimate
unbidden/forbidden
dangerous
untamed
wild
feral
frantic
hungry
starved
fierce
single-minded
bold
daring
eager
shameless
volatile
intense
deep
tentative
hesitant
shy
responsive
desperate
anguished
hoarse
guttural
broken
lovely
gorgeous
radiant
glorious
magnificent
incandescent
breathtaking
exquisite
brilliant
sublime
delicious
delirious
powerful
strong
primal
potent
alive
male
warm
hot
heated
fiery
searing
scorching
stormy
tempestuous
ravenous
heartbreaking
meaningful
clever
deft
hard
stiff
erect
firm
solid
rigid
thick
heavy
plump
full-bodied
shapely
generous
rough
fast
rapid
swift
brutal
blunt
savage
raw
merciless
insane
violent
furious
irresistible
irrepressible
irrevocable
impossible
alluring
blinding
heady
slick
wet
luscious
juicy
succulent
ripe
lush
luxurious
sumptuous
voluptuous
suggestive
sinful
wicked
filthy
erotic
carnal
sensual
sexy
sultry
rich
addictive
drugged
wasted
undone
amazed
spent

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Whew! I need a cigarette. And I don’t smoke!

This list and another one like it, “500 Great Words for Writing Action Scenes,” are in my book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS: Thesauruses, Plots, Character Traits, Names, and More.  If you’re interested, take a look!

Master Lists for Writers by Bryn Donovan

Happy writing!