There are many words for "had sex", such as the F-word, "banged", "screwed" etc.

None of these are formal words, and I'm wondering if there is a single word for "had sex" that is more appropriate than the aforementioned?

  • Do you mean coitus?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 20:07
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    It's a noun, not a verb.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 20:19
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    The normal decorous euphemism would be made love.
    – WS2
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 20:28
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    Would "bonked" be considered "crude"?
    – Andrew
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 21:17
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    Between two consenting adults, fornicate... the Bible has know, as in "Adam knew Eve his wife." en.wiktionary.org/wiki/know_someone_in_the_biblical_sense
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 21:29

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I would probably go for "copulated".


to engage in sexual intercourse


  • Hello Peter. I edited your answer to include definition, source, and citation: things we consider very important for a good answer. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 20:41

The least-salacious verb I can think of is mated:

Mate (verb, intransitive): to copulate
from m-w.com

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    Sounds a bit like a wildlife documentary, but it's a valid word.
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 21:38

Congressing, though it is perhaps less common:

  1. coitus; sexual intercourse. (from dictionary.com)

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary redirects automatically to coitus: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congressing


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