Definition of orgasm in English:


Pronunciation /ˈôrˌɡazəm/ /ˈɔrˌɡæzəm/

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  • A climax of sexual excitement, characterized by feelings of pleasure centered in the genitals and (in men) experienced as an accompaniment to ejaculation.

    ‘she managed to achieve an orgasm’
    • ‘they don't know what it is to reach orgasm’
    • ‘Many people say that the orgasm is the most pleasurable and fulfilling part of sex.’
    • ‘It was certainly amazing to be with him, but not because of exotic sexual positions or super orgasms.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, for most of us women, sexual pleasure and orgasms don't just come naturally.’
    • ‘Hence, the aim of sexual intercourse for a male was to give the female an orgasm while avoiding ejaculation.’
    • ‘Both men and women are able to have orgasms but reaching orgasm requires a longer period of sexual arousal in the female.’
    • ‘My pelvic region felt more sensitive, and my orgasms felt more intense.’
    • ‘The intensity of her orgasm had nearly brought tears to her eyes.’
    • ‘When he wrote that a woman could only conceive if she had an orgasm during sexual intercourse, it was taken as gospel and caused all manner of anxieties.’
    • ‘The dream is intensely erotic causing spontaneous orgasms.’
    • ‘Thus they can engage in sexual activity and demand more and better orgasms, but the sexual activity they engage in is overwhelmingly on men's terms.’
    • ‘Premature ejaculation (when orgasm comes on too quickly to satisfy either partner) is different from impotence.’
    • ‘The orgasm occurs slightly before ejaculation.’
    • ‘While ejaculation offered proof that a man had reached climax, a female orgasm was confirmed by physiological measurements such as heart rate.’
    • ‘To limit sexual satisfaction to orgasms is narrow minded, when, as any gal knows, there are lots of different types of fun to be had, and of differing degrees of satisfaction at that.’
    • ‘Consuming even small amounts of alcohol interferes with a man's ability to control premature ejaculation and can result in fewer or no orgasms and decreased orgasm quality.’
    • ‘It also was felt to make erections last longer and orgasms are more intense.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly perhaps vibrator advertisements, whether directed at doctors or women did not mention orgasms or sexual pleasure, just the health benefits of vibration.’
    • ‘Although he had an orgasm and ejaculated, his erection remained hard for five hours and then subsided.’
    • ‘The distinction arises partly because there is some question about whether female orgasms may result in an ejaculation, and partly because males can experience orgasms without ejaculation.’
    • ‘Having orgasms should be a pleasurable, thrilling experience… they make you breathless, your whole body becomes warmly ‘buzzed’, drained and satisfied.’
    • ‘Realistcally, you're both not going to orgasm at the same time, so don't punish yourself.’
    emission of semen

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Experience an orgasm.

    ‘Being a good lover does not mean doing sexual acrobatics or being able to orgasm a half dozen times.’
    • ‘I almost spontaneously orgasmed at the feel of the car purring along the road.’
    • ‘Lest we forget, it is quite possible for men to orgasm without ejaculation.’
    • ‘I mean, we've spent the night together, had sex, orgasmed more or less simultaneously.’
    • ‘You always have to orgasm and if not, something is wrong with you.’
    • ‘More recent studies demonstrated that the ability to orgasm does not appear to depend on the level or completeness of injury.’
    • ‘To make it far harder for a women to orgasm means that her male partner needs to know her very well and probably spend a lot of time with her, maybe years with her.’
    • ‘It is often triggered by a sudden change of position, is worse in times of stress and can happen during sex, particularly when you orgasm.’
    • ‘Women take an average of 20 minutes to orgasm from oral sex, Gallant informs us, give or take half-an-hour.’
    • ‘My boyfriend and I have sex almost daily, and typically multiple times a day, and I've never ejaculated or orgasmed while he is inside of me.’
    • ‘Masters and Johnson define premature ejaculation as the inability to delay ejaculation long enough for the woman to orgasm fifty percent of the time.’
    • ‘When she gets in a bikini and washes a car, people don't have enough time to complain because they've already orgasmed like eight times.’
    • ‘That is, it controls the most base, primal part of ourselves, our sex drive and the physical/psychological urge to orgasm, and focuses it.’
    • ‘There are other benefits, too - studies have shown that women who orgasm frequently during pregnancy are more likely to have easy deliveries.’
    • ‘But if you are regularly exercising your pubic muscles and practising how to orgasm without ejaculate, it will eventually become second nature.’
    • ‘I used to feel like a total freak; the studies I've seen say that about 1/3 of women are actually able to orgasm from penetration alone.’
    • ‘The findings suggest the failure of some women to orgasm regularly is not a dysfunction, but a sophisticated mate-selection strategy that evolved during prehistoric times.’
    • ‘Our basic biology, for instance, our sensory range, our language capacity, our ability to feel pain, to love and to orgasm - all of these cut across cultural blocs and political coalitions.’
    • ‘I have a lot of customers who come in here and they haven't orgasmed in 25 years of marriage.’


Late 17th century from French orgasme, or from modern Latin orgasmus, from Greek orgasmos, from organ ‘swell or be excited’.