Meaning of priapic in English:


Pronunciation /prʌɪˈapɪk/


  • 1Relating to or resembling a phallus.

    ‘priapic carvings’
    • ‘Bringing the subtext of the antique painting and its copies to the fore, the artist has depicted women coming to a priapic fountain to buy winged, straining phalli from an old procuress.’
    • ‘My late grandparents lived in Cerne Abbas, a picture-postcard-perfect village which nestles under Giant's Hill, home of that famously priapic ancient chalk carving, the Cerne Giant.’
    • ‘‘I can't look at this painting without blushing,’ she says, showing me a colour photocopy of one of Kahlo's lush phallic portrayals of a priapic vegetable.’
    • ‘Met Sten at the station, as arranged, beside a big and rather odd statue of what looks like a couple dancing on top of the heads of much larger naked and priapic figures and various complicated symbolic instruments.’
    • ‘Surprisingly big, too - as is the priapic local landmark, the Cerne Abbas giant, who stands proudly overlooking the village from the north.’
    • ‘Fresh oysters, priapic asparagus, Italian waiters; all these suggest a dining experience with added aphrodisiac qualities.’
    • ‘For those visitors who feel their masculinity under threat if they stare too long at pretty flowers, the soaring, priapic trees are thoroughly impressive.’
    1. 1.1Relating to male sexuality and sexual activity.
      • ‘the spirit of these pages is downright priapic’
    2. 1.2Medicine (of a man) having a persistently erect penis.
      ‘A Priapic episode is both a painful and embarrassing condition, made all the worse by current social stigmas against its sufferers.’
      • ‘A priapic erection lasting for longer than 3 or 4 hours can do lasting damage to spongy tissues of penis, making further erection impossible, so appropriate action is to consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 2 hours.’


Late 18th century from Priapos (Greek form of Priapus) + -ic.