Definitions

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

  • n. Greek & Roman Mythology The god of procreation, guardian of gardens and vineyards, and personification of the erect phallus.
  • n. An image of this god, often used as a scarecrow in ancient gardens.
  • n. A representation of a phallus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An image of the god Priapus, often used as a scarecrow in ancient gardens.
  • n. A representation of a phallus.

Etymologies

Latin Priāpus, from Greek Priāpos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from Ancient Greek Πρίαπος (Priapos). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As He says this, Satan appears, classical in red skin, immense priapus, horns, snake tail, black mustache and goatee, Modest Moussorgsky playing Night on Bald Mountain behind him.

    Full Tilt Boogie

  • Who first carried a priapus through the streets, and fixed one like a knocker at the door?

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • This position of the fingers was supposed to represent the buttocks with a priapus inserted up the fundament; it was called "Iliga," by the Spaniards.

    Satyricon

  • I am, however, not envious of the hits you're going to get with repeated mentions of priapus, muppets and cream cheese in this post not to mention the naked dancing boys in your corner of heaven.

    Bad Toyz, Bad Toyz: What'cha Gonna Do?

  • The paperweight on his desk, for instance, was not a simple, inert rock but a tiny priapus carved from stone.

    Middlesex

  • Wrote one Arizona pioneer who had buried his share of settlers, “A favorite mode of mutilating a dead body is to ornament the mouth with the emasculated priapus.”

    Once They Moved Like the Wind

  • His sister took more of the paternal priapus in her mouth, and pushing her head to and fro, frigged it deliciously by the double action of her lips and tongue.

    The Power of Mesmerism A Highly Erotic Narrative of Voluptuous Facts and Fancies

  • A mercury cannot be made of every wood (bvt priapus may).

    Bacon is Shake-Speare

  • This priapus-worship, then, is older than history.

    Following the Equator

  • But it must be based upon popular ignorance: the private parts of the monkey although they erect stiffly, like the priapus of

    Arabian nights. English

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  • C_B, I love your use of "I'd've" here. I've heard that many times (and said it many times as well) but I don't know that I've ever seen it in print. I stuck it on Wordie for posterity.

    See also i'd of for a new fingernail for your chalkboard.

    November 21, 2007

  • Actually, I'm not adding pinto to that list. I'd've considered adding it to another list by virtue of its frequent use with "beans," but didn't add it because I didn't want to see the comments that would surely ensue. (The list is called "Interesting Foods.")

    Pinto, cool a word as it is, just doesn't belong on the testicle list. I mean, really.

    November 21, 2007

  • This reminds me of the first time I came across this word, during the time I worked with rare books. Seems that in the publication of the first edition of Twain's Huckleberry Finn, someone got a little frisky. On p. 283, "somewhere between the sending and the putting of ink to the plate which resulted, mischief or accident intervened" with one of E.W. Kemble's illustrations. Someone, somehow, "rather vulgarly" altered the illustration of Silas Phelps on that page, so that this version became notorious as "the priapic plate."

    The defacement was detected early on, and it's believed that no copies of the book with the erroneous engraving were released for publication. However, about 100 copies are thought to survive--and as you might imagine, they're collectors' items.

    November 21, 2007

  • Oy. *watching c_b run off to add "pinto" to...er, that list of hers*

    October 14, 2007

  • "I have a vewy good fwiend in Wome..."

    October 14, 2007

  • Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
    (Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?)

    October 14, 2007

  • Well, that one too, since "no va" translates as "doesn't go." But "pinto" is slang for "penis." Although now that you mention it, it might be Portuguese slang and not latino slang. I'm too preoccupied right now to look it up...

    October 14, 2007

  • Skipv, I thought it was the Chevy Nova that the folks in Mexico got a big kick out of...?

    Anyway, looking at that picture SoG linked to, I guess hybrid drivers aren't THAT bad. Eesh!

    October 14, 2007

  • Yes! It does look like a uterus! Thank heavens it wasn't just me....

    And if you want priapic humor, you'll have to check out Lysistrata. Wikipedia describes it, but it's just not as entertaining as the actual script.

    And speaking of suggestive car names, how about the Probe? Eew.

    Uh oh, I feel a *third* car list coming on....

    October 13, 2007

  • Skipvi: I've never studied the rear-end of a Dodge Ram Power Wagon, but next time I see one, I'll keep my eyes peeled for uteral stylings.

    October 13, 2007

  • This discussion is quickly going Freudian, eh? But yarb--I can't resist making this observation. Does the logo for the Dodge Ram Power Wagon look like a diagram of a uterus to you? It's particularly obvious if you look at the taillight.

    October 13, 2007

  • Here's Priapus in Pompei.

    October 13, 2007

  • It's the Dodge Ram Power Wagon that makes me feel like a man.

    October 13, 2007

  • Har!

    But aren't cars supposed to appeal to our subconscious libido? Remember the Dodge Lancer?

    And the folks in Mexico got a big kick out of the Pinto.

    October 13, 2007

  • Yeah, I see these all *over* the roads now. Damn show-off hybrid drivers!
    ;)

    October 13, 2007

  • I first encountered this word in John Fowles' The Magus, the only book I know of that was rewritten by the author to clear up some obscurities in the original work. I'm reminded of it every night on the evening news:

    "If you experience priapism, an erection lasting more than four hours..."

    Times have changed.

    October 13, 2007