- to arouse sexually: The only intent of that show was to sex up the audience.
- to increase the appeal of; to make more interesting, attractive, or exciting: I needed to sex up my résumé with bold fonts and snappy formatting.
Idioms about sex
Origin of sex1
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Origin of sex-
WORDS THAT USE SEX-
What does sex- mean?
Sex- comes from Latin sex, meaning “six.” Yes, “six.” Discover why at our entry for six. Another combining form meaning “six” is hexa-, which comes from Greek héx. Learn more at our Words That Use entry for hexa-.
What are variants of sex-?
Sex- is a variant of sexi-, which sometimes loses its -i- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use sexi- article.
Examples of sex-
An example of a term that features the combining form sex- is sexennial, meaning either “of or for six years” or “occuring every six years.” Sexennial comes from a term in Latin that features the equivalent of the form sex-.
We know that sex- means “six.” The -ennial portion of the word may also look familiar; it comes from the Latin annus, meaning “year.” Sexennial literally translates to “(of) six years.”
What are some words that use the combining form sex-?
- sexenary (using the equivalent form of sex- in Latin)
What are some other forms that sex- may be commonly confused with?
How to use sex in a sentence
However much we gossip about heterosexual couples with large age gaps, we at least refrain from calling them sex offenders.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Scruff believes that sex is not the primary concern of users.
To those who agreed with him, Bush pledged that the law against same-sex marriage would remain intact.
Bush busy engaging constituents on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate ahead of the 2004 presidential election.
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.
Are you quite sure you have never suffered from this rather common disorder, gentle reader, at least, if you be of the male sex?The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
But if you restrict it, to the sense in which it is commonly applied to the angelic sex, I am not prepared to answer.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
As public accuser, he caused the death of immense numbers, of all ages and either sex.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
That he might lose his head and 'introduce an element of sex' was conscience confessing that it had been already introduced.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
He respected her courage and obvious power to rise above the personal attitude of her sex.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for sex (1 of 2)
Word Origin for sex
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A Closer Look
Thanks to high school biology, we are accustomed to thinking of the sex of an organism as being determined by the chromosomes, notably the sex chromosome in humans (designated X or Y). But this is not the whole story, and it applies universally only to mammals and birds. In other animals sex is often determined by environmental factors and can be a variable phenomenon. In a species of slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata), a kind of mollusk, all individuals begin life as females. Clinging to rocks and to each other, they form piles. The limpet on top of the pile changes into a male. If another limpet attaches itself on top of the male limpet, the newcomer becomes male, and the male limpet beneath it reverts to being female. These slipper limpets show the evolutionarily advanced feature of internal fertilization, and the male on top extends his reproductive organ down the pile of females below him to fertilize their eggs. For some fish, the number of males in the population determines the sex of the fish. If there are not enough males, some females become males. In these examples, the same animal can make fertile eggs and fertile sperm at different times in its life. These animals are not hermaphrodites, like some worms, but literally change sex. Some animals have only one sex. For instance, some species of lizards reproduce only by parthenogenesis-that is, their unfertilized eggs grow into adults, and these species no longer have males. Sometimes the external temperature determines the sex of an animal during its early development. If the eggs of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) are incubated at above 34 degrees Celsius (93° F), all of the offspring become males. If they are incubated below 30 degrees Celsius (86° F), they become females. The midrange of temperatures results in both male and female offspring.
Other Idioms and Phrases with sex
see fair sex.