Definition of libido in US English:



  • 1Sexual desire.

    ‘loss of libido’
    ‘a deficient libido’
    • ‘Please check your logic and libidos at the door.’
    • ‘There are millions of high-testosterone women with powerful libidos, and low-testosterone men who could take it or leave it any day of the week.’
    • ‘Is there any kind of therapy, drug or herb that can lower libido?’
    • ‘It's high in calcium and phosphorus - two minerals that help to build your muscles' energy reserves and boost libido.’
    • ‘They both want to make money, to work, and they're here to satisfy their libidos.’
    • ‘The men were far too busy zipping their libidos into quiet formality, while high fashion for women was becoming ever more elaborate and restrictive, epitomised by that most extreme of garments, the crinoline.’
    • ‘I know he's not getting it anywhere else; his libido just seems to be lacking.’
    • ‘There is medication that can raise your libido to counteract this effect and perhaps he'll know of one that's right for you, or have another solution.’
    • ‘The secret of the show's modest success is that its characters are recognisable individuals, rooted in a recognisable world, who boast personalities as well as libidos.’
    • ‘For example, you may have had the debilitating experience of taking a medication that suppresses your libido.’
    • ‘It is also instrumental to memory, appetite, mood, perception of pain and libido.’
    • ‘My husband and I have mismatched libidos and try to compromise with one another.’
    • ‘Hormones may be the culprit, because birth control pills decrease testosterone levels, which may affect female libido.’
    • ‘They think that their libidos are the most important thing.’
    • ‘‘These words and images are hooked into our own libidos,’ she says.’
    • ‘Other symptoms include decreased libido, mood swings and a weakened immune system.’
    • ‘I know it's not the most desirable answer, but people have different libidos when with different partners.’
    • ‘Some producers use artificial insemination to sidestep the problem of variable male libidos, but that means more labor costs.’
    • ‘Although they acknowledge that sex has its up side - I'm not suggesting all of them have misplaced their libidos along with their literacy - to them it is merely another pursuit, like eating, sleeping or shopping.’
    • ‘If your libidos are so disparate, that can't bode well.’
    sex drive, sexual appetite, sexual passion, sexual urge, sexual longing
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    1. 1.1Psychoanalysis The energy of the sexual drive as a component of the life instinct.
      • ‘Then there's Jung's repudiation of Freud's idea of the libido.’
      • ‘The drive behind the artist's creative activity was unsatisfied libido manifesting itself in escapist phantasy.’
      • ‘Anyway, so Zeus is the keeper of libido - he controls where the energy gets directed.’
      • ‘Although this act demands the power of the libido and examines the border of life, it finds itself in the realm of death from the beginning.’


Early 20th century: from Latin, literally ‘desire, lust’.