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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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 Particularly, the nature of a woman’s orgasm has been a source of scientific, political and cultural debate for over a century., "The orgasm gap is a thing. How can it be bridged?," 7 Mar. 2018 To get the highest amount of prolactin, science suggests having an orgasm with a partner if possible. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "10 health benefits of having more sex," 1 Mar. 2018 Someone who communicates, is a good kisser and able to help them achieve orgasm. Editors, USA TODAY, "Bye, Democracy? According to this super-secret memo, you're basically dead," 1 Feb. 2018 Its most abiding image involved a young woman lying on a dunghill and working herself to orgasm with the aid of a disembodied hand. The Economist, "A radical director reinvigorates opera," 1 Feb. 2018 Whereas for a woman, especially in the earlier stages of a relationship, that moment after the orgasm is when something often switches on. Lea Carpenter, Time, "'Desire Is Always Evolving.' What the 'Three Women' Author Learned After a Decade Following Women's Sex Lives," 19 July 2019 The orgasms were abundant but not that enjoyable, especially toward the end. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "This Extra-Powerful Sex Toy Is Almost Too Good," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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