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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

Example Sentences

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Many women, on the other hand, need the right environment and perhaps lowered stress levels to experience the ultimate orgasm. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 But with each setback Rönkkö herself laudably, if slightly unbelievably, reacts mainly with frustration that another orgasm has eluded her, rather than with any deeper sense of mortification or self-consciousness. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 12 Dec. 2022 It was widely believed that without an orgasm a woman wouldn’t conceive. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 23 Sep. 2022 This can help enhance pleasure and arousal, making for a more intense orgasm. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 29 Dec. 2022 In fact, very few primatologists doubt that non-human primates experience orgasm — at least, male non-human primates. Jamie Lawson, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2015 Shere Hite’s 1976 bestselling book, The Hite Report, liberated the female orgasm by revealing the most private experiences of thousands of anonymous survey respondents. Peter Debruge, Variety, 7 Dec. 2022 Often, high sensation seekers require a more potent stimulus in order to experience arousal or to reach orgasm. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 30 Sep. 2022 Weinberg mimicking a female writer masturbating and having an orgasm in front of her. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2022
While my usual instinct is to put a vibrator on the highest setting and allow the steady buzz to take me to orgasm as quickly as possible, there is also fun to be had in the gradual buildup that a more complex pattern can provide. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, 5 Dec. 2022 Which brings us to orgasm and, more specifically, masturbation. Patrick Morgan, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2011 Sorry dude, no orgasms for you. puts weight behind the seemingly too-good-to-be-true claim that women can orgasm during exercise. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2012 One is Julie, a 44-year-old office manager in Essex, east of London, who lost her ability to orgasm in 2012 after a minimally invasive hip operation to address back pain. Rachel E. Gross, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2022 Regularly training those muscles will do wonders for enhancing our ability to orgasm and make orgasms even more powerful. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2022 Not everyone can orgasm from vaginal penetration alone. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 15 July 2022 But very few people (1.5%) rely on penetration alone to orgasm during masturbation. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2022 The film includes a gory child autopsy scene, shots of bloody intestines and characters who orgasm by licking each other’s open wounds. Zack Sharf, Variety, 23 May 2022 See More

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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 27 Jan. 2023.

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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