variants or less commonly porno
1
informal : pornography
watching porn
often used before another noun
a porn starthe porn industrya porno theater
2
porno, plural pornos, informal : a pornographic movie
… the ex-silent starlet whose voice, unfit for sound-film consumption, relegated her to pornosJohn Simon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the new millennium, technology was porn’s undoing. Susannah Breslin, The Atlantic, 1 June 2018 Debating porn’s ills on society seems like a game of choose-your-own-study. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, 29 May 2018 The intimacy involved in porn's workplace means that the line that can't be crossed might seem blurry. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, 18 Feb. 2018 In the back and forth between client and producers, an intimacy can blossom that erodes the illusion of a barrier between porn’s fantasies and the fears and anxieties of real life. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, 28 Sep. 2017 That raises the second critical question beyond porn's possible harm to users: the right to privacy of nonusers. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 8 Sep. 2017 At that time of his interview, said Investigator Stephen McGlathery, Whitworth admitted to looking at child porn on his phone. Carol Robinson, AL.com, 4 Jan. 2018 Barring something nefarious like revenge porn, the only obvious reason to keep an ex’s nudes is masturbation inspo, and that crosses a number of boundaries. Beca Grimm, GQ, 19 Dec. 2017 Think of the man who can’t stop watching porn, even at work, and gets fired, or who visits prostitutes several times a week and doesn’t use a condom. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of porn was in 1962

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“Porn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/porn. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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