• (British) IPA: /ˈɔːɡaz(ə)m/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɔɹ.ɡæz.əm/


  1. (obsolete) A spasm or sudden contraction. [17th-19th c.]
    • 1794, Erasmus Darwin, Zoonomia:
      Hence simple fevers are of two kinds; first, the febris irritativa, or fever with strong pulse, which consists of a previous torpor of the heart, arteries, and capillaries, and a succeeding orgasm of those vessels.
  2. A rush of sexual excitement; now specifically, the climax or peak of sexual pleasure, which occurs during sexual activity and which in males may include ejaculation and in females vaginal contractions. [from 18th c.]
    Synonyms: climax
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    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Penguin 2004 (Avignon Quintet), page 668:
      Never had I experienced such an immense slow orgasm – its ripples ran like the tributaries of the Nile throughout the whole nervous system.
    • 2007, Zoe Margolis, The Guardian, 12 Sep 2007:
      There does not have to be romance involved with sexual pleasure: some of us just like orgasms for the hell of it.
    If you want to get an orgasm, I recommend buying a vibrator.
  3. A creamy white alcoholic cocktail containing amaretto, Irish cream, and coffee liqueur.
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orgasm (orgasms, present participle orgasming; past and past participle orgasmed)

  1. To have an orgasm.
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