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nymphomaniac

noun nym·pho·ma·ni·ac \ ˌnim(p)-fə-ˈmā-nē-ˌak \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of nymphomaniac

plural nymphomaniacs
: one affected by nymphomania : a female who has an excessive desire for sexual activity
  • A female cat can be a nymphomaniac, a problem brought about by excessive hormone production.
  • —Warren Eckstein
  • He bores the pants off you and she seems to be some kind of nymphomaniac—kept playing footsie with me in the restaurant.
  • —David Lodge

First Known Use of nymphomaniac

1828


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nymphomaniac

adjective \ ˌnim(p)-fə-mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl \
variants: or nymphomaniacal

Definition of nymphomaniac

: of, affected with, or characterized by nymphomania
  • The patriarch of the family asks for the private eye's help after his nymphomaniac daughter becomes involved in blackmail and murder.
  • —Mike Quinn
  • nymphomaniacal tendencies

First Known Use of nymphomaniac

1831


Medical Dictionary

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nymphomaniac

noun nym·pho·ma·ni·ac \ -nē-ˌak \

medical Definition of nymphomaniac

: one affected with nymphomania

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nymphomaniac

adjective
variants: or nymphomaniacal play \-mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl\

medical Definition of nymphomaniac

: of, affected with, or characterized by nymphomania

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