erog·​e·​nous | \i-ˈrä-jə-nəs \

Definition of erogenous 

1 : producing sexual excitement or libidinal gratification when stimulated : sexually sensitive

2 : of, relating to, or arousing sexual feelings

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Synonyms & Antonyms for erogenous


amatory, amorous, aphrodisiac (also aphrodisiacal), erotic (also erotical), erotogenic, sexy, steamy


nonerotic, unerotic, unsexy

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Examples of erogenous in a Sentence

certain body parts that are known sources of erogenous pleasure

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But the pair are actually two great erogenous zones that go great together. Sophie Saint Thomas, Marie Claire, "7 Myths About the G-Spot You Should Stop Believing Right Now," 26 Sep. 2018 Your bod has various erogenous zones, which are areas of your body that are more sensitive than others. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "15 Things Every Girl Needs to Know About Masturbation," 10 Sep. 2018 Who knew the back of my neck was an erogenous zone? Natasha Manoura, The Cut, "The Challenge of Enjoying Sex While Wearing a Wig," 29 Mar. 2018 Over time—sometimes up to a year—tactile feeling can come back, but the sensation probably won’t be erogenous. SELF, "6 Things You Should Know Before Having Top Surgery," 22 Mar. 2018 There are erogenous zones that a masseuse is not supposed to touch. Sheila Vilvens,, "Social media + law enforcement resulted in Anderson Township massage parlor sting," 13 Mar. 2018 There are so many erogenous zones on a woman’s body. Monique Judge, The Root, "5 Things Men Need to Understand About Foreplay," 12 Dec. 2017 And is Evan Spiegel’s latest pivot enough to sooth Wall Street’s erogenous fantasies about Snap’s long-term viability? Jon Kelly, The Hive, "Is Mike Flynn Going to Nuke Jared?," 1 Dec. 2017 These air signs rule the kidneys, so the lower back is a highly erogenous area for them. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "This Is What You're Like in Bed, According to Your Zodiac Sign," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of erogenous

circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for erogenous

Greek erōs + English -genous, -genic

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English Language Learners Definition of erogenous

: producing sexual excitement or pleasure when touched : sexually sensitive


erog·​e·​nous | \i-ˈräj-ə-nəs \
variants: also erogenic \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈjen-​ik \

Medical Definition of erogenous 

1 : producing sexual excitement or libidinal gratification when stimulated : sexually sensitive

2 : of, relating to, or arousing sexual feelings

Other Words from erogenous

erogeneity \ ˌer-​ə-​jə-​ˈnē-​ət-​ē \ noun plural -ties

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