Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The male organ of copulation in higher vertebrates, homologous with the clitoris. In mammals, it also serves as the male organ of urinary excretion.
  • n. Any of various copulatory organs in males of lower animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The male sexual organ for copulation and urination; the tubular portion of the male genitalia (excluding the scrotum).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The erectile external sexual organ of males, used in copulation, and in mammals, also for urination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The male organ of copulation; the intromittent or copulatory organ of the male sex of any animal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism)

Etymologies

Latin pēnis; see pes- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pēnis ("tail, penis"), from Proto-Indo-European *pes-. Displaced native English pintle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The main substance of the penis is composed of three cavernous bodies, the paired _corpora cavernosa penis_, and the single _corpus spongiosum_, or

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  • The term penis enlargement refers to the ability to achieve your maximum possible penis size and varies based on your condition.

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  • At any rate, a penis is a penis, no matter what country.

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  • What you wrote here implies that the penis is a respiratory organ, which would be a neat trick.

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  • The first thing about stories like this is, if you intend to Google search a case and you don't know the names of the offender or victim or anything else about it, typing the word "penis" all by itself in the search bar will return way more than the results you were looking for.

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  • You put the word 'penis' on a shirt and people laugh.

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  • To my credit, when I heard the word "penis" I managed not to break down sobbing until the woman waving the magic sonogram wand left my husband and me alone in the examining room.

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  • Think about it: the penis is an organ that is connected to the operation of the brain and, aside from the overall objective of procreation, it is designed for the experience of sexual pleasure and the expression of love.

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  • OK. .here ya go: if your penis is the size of your brain, no woman in your life, including your fictitious mistress will ever know the meaning of 'satisfied'.

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  • To me, the word penis is very funny anytime it makes its way into a "serious" conversation.

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  • A large and fat penis(12cm) is BETTER than a long and slim penis(18cm).9 out of 11 of my women told me so,pretty high percentage,don't you think so?

    January 2, 2012

  • Thus saith Wikipedia:"The penis in males is also erect in the anatomical position, hence the dorsal surface of the penis is actually anterior in the flaccid state."
    Who knew? Those aboriginal cave- and rock-art finger-paint and paint-blown-through-straws artists already understood this concept thousands of years ago, yeah?

    March 2, 2011

  • We met him again later, at dinner. He had a curious man with him, the Marquis of something or other. … He took us back to his house and name-dropped. '… And I was there when Madame de Gaulle made her famous gaffe, you know. Somebody asked her, "What are you looking forward to when you retire?" "I am looking forward most to a penis," she replied. After a pause somebody said, "Oh, oui, happiness, madame." '

    – Joe Orton, The Orton Diaries, ed. John Lahr (London: Methuen, 1986), 176.

    September 2, 2009

  • You're sitting on a gold mine Trebek.

    September 2, 2009

  • Mightier than the sword, someone wrote.

    September 2, 2009