pri·​a·​pic | \ prī-ˈā-pik How to pronounce priapic (audio) , -ˈa- How to pronounce priapic (audio) \

Definition of priapic

1 : phallic
2 : relating to or preoccupied with virility or male sexual excitement

Examples of priapic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Who, apart from the most puritanical and earnest among us, isn’t gripped by the dalliances of an older, powerful, priapic man and a younger, attractive, highly ambitious woman? Lara Prendergast, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 But despite his waxworks appearance, pre-Weinsteinian penchant for priapic innuendo and lingering criminal trials, Mr. Berlusconi, a former Italian prime minister, is no longer the joke of European politics. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2018 Primitive humans once celebrated May 1 with fertility rituals — think maidens with garlands dancing around a priapic maypole. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2018 There is the occasional priapic silliness and the title is unwieldy if not awful. The Economist, 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of priapic

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for priapic

Latin priapus lecher, from Priapus

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“Priapic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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