(sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to Priapus; phallic.
characterized by or emphasizing a phallus: priapic figurines.
(of an image) suggestive of or resembling a phallus by its shape.
exaggeratedly concerned with masculinity and male sexuality.

Origin of priapic

First recorded in 1780–90; Priap(us) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of priapic

  • Married off to Henry Thrale, a rich, priapic brewer, she bore him twelve children, of whom only four survived into adult life.

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British Dictionary definitions for priapic


priapean (ˌpraɪəˈpiːən)


(sometimes capital) of or relating to Priapus
a less common word for phallic
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Word Origin and History for priapic

"phallic," 1786, with -ic + Priapus (Greek Priapos), son of Dionysus and Aphrodite, the god who personified male reproductive power. His name is of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

priapic in Medicine


[prī-āpĭk, -ăpĭk]


Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus; phallic.
Relating to or excessively concerned with masculinity.
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