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noun Psychoanalysis.
the repressed wish of a female to possess a penis.
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Origin of penis envy

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for penis envy

penis envy

noun
psychoanal a Freudian concept in which envy of the penis is postulated as the cause for some of the characteristics found in women
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Cultural definitions for penis envy

penis envy

In Freudian theory, the repressed desire of females to possess a penis.

notes for penis envy

Penis envy is also used generally to mean a supposed female envy of men.
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