One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man or boy who is the passive partner in homosexual anal intercourse.
1Relating to or designating the passive partner in homosexual anal intercourse; homosexual.
2Involving feeling, perception, or intuition, rather than cognition or deliberation.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From classical Latin pathicus submitting to sexual intercourse (used of both men and women) from Byzantine Greek παθικός suffering, remaining passive from ancient Greek παθ-, stem of πάσχειν to suffer and πάθος suffering + -ικός.
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