One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or resembling a phallus.‘priapic carvings’
- ‘My late grandparents lived in Cerne Abbas, a picture-postcard-perfect village which nestles under Giant's Hill, home of that famously priapic ancient chalk carving, the Cerne Giant.’
- ‘Fresh oysters, priapic asparagus, Italian waiters; all these suggest a dining experience with added aphrodisiac qualities.’
- ‘Bringing the subtext of the antique painting and its copies to the fore, the artist has depicted women coming to a priapic fountain to buy winged, straining phalli from an old procuress.’
- ‘‘I can't look at this painting without blushing,’ she says, showing me a colour photocopy of one of Kahlo's lush phallic portrayals of a priapic vegetable.’
- ‘Surprisingly big, too - as is the priapic local landmark, the Cerne Abbas giant, who stands proudly overlooking the village from the north.’
- ‘Met Sten at the station, as arranged, beside a big and rather odd statue of what looks like a couple dancing on top of the heads of much larger naked and priapic figures and various complicated symbolic instruments.’
- ‘For those visitors who feel their masculinity under threat if they stare too long at pretty flowers, the soaring, priapic trees are thoroughly impressive.’
- 1.1 Relating to male sexuality and sexual activity.‘the spirit of these pages is downright priapic’
- 1.2Medicine (of a man) having a persistently erect penis.
- ‘A priapic erection lasting for longer than 3 or 4 hours can do lasting damage to spongy tissues of penis, making further erection impossible, so appropriate action is to consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 2 hours.’
- ‘A Priapic episode is both a painful and embarrassing condition, made all the worse by current social stigmas against its sufferers.’
Late 18th century: from Priapos (Greek form of Priapus) + -ic.
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