or·​gasm | \ ˈȯr-ˌga-zəm How to pronounce orgasm (audio) \
plural orgasms

Definition of orgasm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: intense or paroxysmal excitement especially : the rapid pleasurable release of neuromuscular tensions at the height of sexual arousal that is usually accompanied by the ejaculation of semen in the male and by vaginal contractions in the female


orgasmed; orgasming; orgasms

Definition of orgasm (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to experience orgasm

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Examples of orgasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But an orgasm isn't necessary to enjoy the experience. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "15 Things Every Girl Needs to Know About Masturbation," 29 Sep. 2020 Who doesn't want an orgasm so strong it can be felt from their fingertips into the cosmos? Molly Longman,, "Yoga Sex Positions: Hot Poses For A Whole-Body Orgasm," 10 Sep. 2020 There are different ways to poise your brain to go into orgasm-mode, and one of those is by simply breathing. Gina Vaynshteyn, Glamour, "15 Remote Control Vibrators for Hands-Free Orgasms," 10 Sep. 2020 But for most women, vaginal penetration alone may not be sufficient to ring the orgasm bell. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, "How to Have an Orgasm, According to a Neuroscientist," 16 Aug. 2020 The first season took topics covered in depth on Goop -- from the female orgasm to psychedelics to energy healing -- and adapted them as shorts, led by a range of doctors, alternative medicine practitioners and the staff of Goop. Variety,, "Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘The Goop Lab’ renewed for Season 2 at Netflix," 10 Sep. 2020 Or, the person menstruating can also help their partner orgasm with manual or oral stimulation. Korin Miller,, "What to Know About Period Sex, Including Safety, Benefits, and Tips," 21 Aug. 2020 There are no simple solutions to the current state of the world, but as a neuroscientist who studies the effect orgasm has on the brain, the healing power of the nutritious brain chemicals unleashed by a romp in the hay can be game changing. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, "How to Have an Orgasm, According to a Neuroscientist," 16 Aug. 2020 Some practitioners even use orgasm denial to build the energy needed for the practice. Molly Longman,, "Can Sex Magick Relieve Your Pandemic Stress & Make Your Dreams Come True?," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some people may also require the additional sensation of vaginal penetration to orgasm. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the Female Orgasm," 1 Oct. 2020 While coregasms are a worthwhile achievement, said Neal, general pleasure should be the overall aim of the experience, especially because there is a significant percentage of the population that does not orgasm. Christen A. Johnson,, "‘Coregasms’ are one way to practice sexual self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic," 18 Sep. 2020 There was the docu-series on Netflix that featured women orgasming on-screen. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Gwyneth Paltrow’s Son Has An Opinion About His Mum’s Vibrators," 27 Feb. 2020 Studies estimate that 5-10% of women have never orgasmed, and even more have difficulty reaching orgasm. Erika W. Smith,, "All About The Masturbation Technique In The Goop Lab," 27 Jan. 2020 But many patients aren’t informed of an also-common side effect: the loss of the ability to orgasm. Fortune, "Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez Get Their Due: The Broadsheet," 12 Sep. 2019 The vast majority of women don't orgasm from penetration alone—and that's perfectly okay. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "9 Tips for How to Have an Orgasm," 27 Mar. 2019 According to experts, orgasms or orgasm-like feelings from peeing are totally possible, similar to orgasming in your sleep. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, ""Peegasm" Orgasms May Cause Health Problems, Doctors Say," 8 Aug. 2018 Sure, orgasming can maybe put you in a better mood, but sometimes a night just calls for a large glass of mediocre wine, sweatpants, and The Bachelor. 7. Mallory Schlossberg, Redbook, "11 Perfectly Good Reasons to Not Have Sex Tonight," 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of orgasm


circa 1763, in the meaning defined above


1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orgasm

Noun and Verb

New Latin orgasmus, from Greek orgasmos, from organ to grow ripe, be lustful; probably akin to Sanskrit ūrjā sap, strength

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The first known use of orgasm was circa 1763

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8 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Orgasm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce orgasm (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of orgasm

: the point during sexual activity when sexual pleasure is strongest


or·​gasm | \ ˈȯr-ˌgaz-əm How to pronounce orgasm (audio) \

Medical Definition of orgasm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the climax of sexual excitement that is usually accompanied by ejaculation of semen in the male and by vaginal contractions in the female

Other Words from orgasm

orgasmic \ ȯr-​ˈgaz-​mik How to pronounce orgasmic (audio) \ also orgastic \ -​ˈgas-​tik How to pronounce orgastic (audio) \ adjective

Medical Definition of orgasm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to experience an orgasm able to orgasm during intercourse— Shere Hite

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