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

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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orgasmic \ ȯr-​ˈgaz-​mik How to pronounce orgasmic (audio) \ or less commonly orgastic \ ȯr-​ˈga-​stik How to pronounce orgastic (audio) \ adjective

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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 According to gynecologist Dee Fenner, MD, director of gynecology at the University of Michigan, a good ol’ orgasm could be your key to shortening your period. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Doctors Just Found the One Thing You Can Do to Make Your Period Shorter," 18 Jan. 2018 Hutcherson went on to explain how tightened pelvic floor muscles can also cause intense pain during orgasm as your pelvic floor supports all your internal organs. Corinne Werder, Allure, "Want to Have Better Sex? Stop Worrying About Orgasms," 11 Oct. 2018 Something as commonplace as a fear of commitment can create a roadblock to orgasm. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "I Blamed Myself When Men Couldn’t Finish During Sex—Then I Realized That’s BS," 25 May 2019 That same weakened pelvic floor that's causing leakage is also responsible for weaker orgasms—which is also more incentive to keep practicing those Kegels. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "Your Vagina After Birth: 10 Things to Expect," 29 Apr. 2019 Our breath is critical to staying centered and relaxed, allowing for the calm focus required to experience orgasm and pleasure. Gigi Engle, SELF, "How to Get Really Comfortable in Your Body for Sex," 8 Dec. 2018 Still others either aren’t capable of having an orgasm, or find that orgasming is painful rather than pleasurable. Lux Alptraum, SELF, "Faking Orgasms Isn’t the Real Problem—the Real Problem Is Our Limited View of What Sexual Pleasure Looks Like," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of orgasm was circa 1763

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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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