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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The coming of the orgasm is not the salvation but, more, the birth of my ego. Leslie Jamison, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Susan Sontag," 12 Sep. 2019 So blue balls is the result of not having that release of ejaculation, or orgasm. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "What Is Blue Balls?," 3 Sep. 2019 The bodies are all natural, the orgasms are all real, and the site is truly a breath of fresh air. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The Hottest Porn for Women on the Internet," 13 Aug. 2019 Alptraum thinks that pop culture’s focus on orgasm as the barometer of pleasure is not always helpful. Lisa Bonos, Houston Chronicle, "Yes! Yes! Yes! ‘When Harry Met Sally’ changed how we talk about sex," 12 July 2019 At long last, the world is beginning to embrace the female orgasm. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "Here’s Exactly How to Have Your First Orgasm If You’ve Never Had One," 26 June 2019 Walking barefoot on unfinished or weathered wood always makes me orgasm. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Come as You Are," 10 Apr. 2019 Alptraum thinks that pop culture's focus on orgasm as the barometer of pleasure is not always helpful., "30 years ago, one scene from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ changed how we talk about sex," 12 July 2019 Plenty of us only figured out how to have an orgasm in some accidental way. Gigi Engle, SELF, "The Case for Telling Your Partner Exactly How You Want to Feel During Sex," 8 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 There are many reasons a woman might not be able to orgasm. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Have an Orgasm?," 28 May 2018 Lesbians are more likely to orgasm than heterosexual women. Laurie Mintz,, "The orgasm gap explained: Why she's just not as into it," 18 May 2018 Somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of women don't orgasm during intercourse. Emma Barker, Cosmopolitan, "10 Sexy Socks That Will Help You Orgasm," 23 Oct. 2014

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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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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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