pri·​a·​pic prī-ˈā-pik How to pronounce priapic (audio) -ˈa- How to pronounce priapic (audio)
: relating to or preoccupied with virility or male sexual excitement

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bane the sadsack, Bane the priapic colossus. Darren Franich,, 6 Feb. 2023 Lingas are stone fertility symbols representing the god Shiva, carved in the form of priapic domes. Simon Willis, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2023 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 See More

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Word History


Latin priapus lecher, from Priapus

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of priapic was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Priapic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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