[ fal-ik ]
/ ˈfæl ɪk /


of, relating to, or resembling a phallus.
of or relating to phallicism.
Sometimes phal·li·cal.

Origin of phallic

From the Greek word phallikós, dating back to 1780–90. See phallus, -ic

Related forms

pseu·do·phal·lic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phallic


/ (ˈfælɪk) /


of, relating to, or resembling a phallusa phallic symbol
  1. relating to a stage of psychosexual development during which a male child's interest is concentrated on the genital organs
  2. designating personality traits, such as conceit and self-assurance, due to fixation at the phallic stage of developmentCompare anal (def. 2), oral (def. 7), genital (def. 2)
  3. (in Freudian theory) denoting a phase of early childhood in which there is a belief that both sexes possess a phallus
of or relating to phallicism
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Medicine definitions for phallic


[ fălĭk ]


Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus.
Of or relating to the third stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory during which the genital organs first become the focus of sexual feeling.
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