- the repressed wish of a female to possess a penis.
Origin of penis envy
First recorded in 1920–25
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- psychoanal a Freudian concept in which envy of the penis is postulated as the cause for some of the characteristics found in women
Penis envy is also used generally to mean a supposed female envy of men.
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