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

Examples of orgasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the sketch, Barrymore also hilariously performed her version of Meg Ryan's famous fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally alongside her show's crew members. Vanessa Etienne,, 21 Sep. 2021 Her father told her not to tell anyone, handed her a vibrator and told her that an orgasm will help her sleep. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 After years of scientific research, Vella Bioscience has introduced a revolutionary pleasure serum that promises to increase the frequency, intensity and satisfaction of a woman’s orgasm. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 But unlike so many Hollywood movies, which seem to race from kiss to orgasm in ten seconds or less, Arnold lets the moment linger. Nate Jones, Vulture, 9 July 2021 And, for many women, combining both internal and external stimulation is the key to achieving a toe-curling blended orgasm. Gina Vaynshteyn, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2021 In men, orgasm increases production of a hormone called prolactin that promotes deep wave sleep -- the type the body needs to repair and restore itself. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 Barker shared a variety of word variations, including orgasm. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2021 There might be some truth to this myth, as there are key biological changes that occur during orgasm (particularly when achieved with another person) that might enhance sleep, including the release of relaxation-promoting hormones, such as oxytocin. Wendy Troxel, Time, 2 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb My research involved having participants masturbate to orgasm in an fMRI scanner to document how the brain responds to genital stimulation leading up to and culminating in the Big O. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, 21 Feb. 2021 This is despite the fact that 75% of women do not orgasm from penetration alone and require direct clitoral stimulation. Sarah Graham,, 29 Jan. 2021 The focus necessary to orgasm can help push stress from your mind. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, 27 Dec. 2020 Getting to orgasm often requires putting any stressful thoughts out of your mind, then the wave of pleasure compounds that effect. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, 27 Dec. 2020 Some people may also require the additional sensation of vaginal penetration to orgasm. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 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,, 18 Sep. 2020 There was the docu-series on Netflix that featured women orgasming on-screen. Elizabeth Gulino,, 27 Feb. 2020 Studies estimate that 5-10% of women have never orgasmed, and even more have difficulty reaching orgasm. Erika W. Smith,, 27 Jan. 2020

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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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“Orgasm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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 orgasm (audio) \ also orgastic \ -​ˈgas-​tik How to pronounce orgasm (audio) \ adjective


intransitive verb

Medical Definition of orgasm (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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