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


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orgasmed; orgasming; orgasms

intransitive verb

: to experience orgasm

Examples of orgasm in a Sentence

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


circa 1763, in the meaning defined above


1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orgasm was circa 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Orgasm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the climax of sexual excitement

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
or·​gasm ˈȯr-ˌgaz-əm How to pronounce orgasm (audio)
: the climax of sexual excitement that is usually accompanied by ejaculation of semen in the male and by vaginal contractions in the female
orgasmic adjective
also orgastic


2 of 2 intransitive verb
: to experience an orgasm
able to orgasm during intercourseShere Hite

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