semi-erect

adjective

ˌse-mē-ə-ˈrekt How to pronounce semi-erect (audio)
ˌse-ˌmī-,
-mi-
variants or less commonly semierect
1
: incompletely upright in bodily posture
semi-erect primates
2
: erect for half the length
semi-erect stems

Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of semi-erect was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Semi-erect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semi-erect. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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