phal·​lic | \ ˈfa-lik How to pronounce phallic (audio) \

Definition of phallic

1 : of or relating to phallicism a phallic cult
2 : of, relating to, or resembling a phallus
3 : relating to or being the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory that follows the anal stage and during which a child becomes interested in his or her own sexual organs

Other Words from phallic

phallically \ ˈfa-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phallic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phallic in a Sentence

The poem is filled with phallic imagery. an ancient Greek phallic symbol representing fertility
Recent Examples on the Web But the outspoken Musk has been more willing to needle Bezos with public comments—even taking tech journalist Kara Swisher’s bait at the Code Conference on Tuesday to poke fun at the phallic shape of Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2021 Yorick comments on her phallic defacement of old photos of illustrious men. Nick Schager,, 27 Sep. 2021 Other listings for the male enhancement products used cucumbers and other phallic imagery combined with attractive women in suggestive poses. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 22 Sep. 2021 The company was dogged by reports of declining quality, smelly leggings and bizarre prints that were phallic or yonic in nature. CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 After the break, Durst and Borland discuss the platinum-selling nu metal act’s fractious past, peaceable present, and the phallic implications of their new CD’s title. Jolie Lash,, 10 Aug. 2021 Chewy breadsticks win the award for being the second-most phallic food at TJ’s, but soy chorizo won’t be beaten! Alex Begg, Bon Appétit, 28 July 2021 Everyone had a nice laugh about how phallic Bezos’s rocket was, a relatively toothless thing to josh about. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 23 July 2021 Jokes about the brief foray into space inside a ship called the New Shepard dominated the late-night shows on Tuesday as comedians lampooned the rocket’s phallic appearance and mocked Bezos for his post-flight persona. Washington Post, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of phallic

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phallic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of phallic

: of, relating to, or resembling a penis


phal·​lic | \ ˈfal-ik How to pronounce phallic (audio) \

Medical Definition of phallic

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a penis
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory following the anal stage and during which a child becomes interested in his or her own sexual organs — compare anal sense 2, genital sense 3, oral sense 3

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