from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A flexible sheath, usually made of latex or polyurethane, designed to cover the penis during sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
  • noun A similar device, consisting of a loose-fitting polyurethane or synthetic rubber sheath closed at one end, that is inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse.

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  • noun A flexible sleeve made of latex or other impermeable material such as sheepskin, worn over an erect penis during intercourse as a contraceptive or as a way to prevent the spread of STDs.

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  • noun contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse


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

[Origin unknown.]

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Unknown. Many theories exist. See Italian guantone, from guanto ("a glove")


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  • As in, "My Grandma just bought a condom in the city!" It's not an entirely unreasonable abbreviation for condominium.

    February 19, 2007

  • "Condoms aren't completely safe. A friend of mine was wearing one and got hit by a bus." -Bob Rubin

    October 4, 2007

  • Practice safe eating. Use a condiment. Whoops - wrong word.

    October 4, 2007

  • Oh, that was a terrible joke from my college days: grab some ketchup packets in the cafeteria, approach a lunching friend and loudly proclaim "I found your condoments by the cash register... you really shouldn't leave those things lying around..."

    October 5, 2007

  • The telltale circle impression in one's wallet..... for emergencies

    October 5, 2007

  • If by emergencies you mean the weekend!

    October 5, 2007

  • Name of a town in France. Unsurprisingly, their town name-signs keep getting tea-leafed.

    November 26, 2007

  • I've seen a picture taken by my cousin of a restaurant sign in the Ginza district of Tokyo: "Cabbages & Condoms"!! Do you suppose it's engrish for condiments?

    November 26, 2007

  • One can only guess!

    Really, I knew the Japanese had odd tendencies but I'm stumped as to what they were getting at here. Restaurant names list in the making?

    It seems to me that hairdressers are often looking for something unusual in their names. Curl Up And Dye sticks in the mind. In Germany I used to walk past a salon called Hairkiller on my way to town. I don't think this name quite had the impact they wanted. But think of all the money you'll save on shampoo in the long run.

    November 26, 2007

  • Condoms are good for the sex in many of the ways as in you put ya wang in the hole and you have many a fun with your condom wang and the hole :)

    September 17, 2009

  • ??

    Never mind.

    September 17, 2009

  • i've fitted a condom over my wireless router antenna .. i think i'm safe now.

    October 11, 2010

  • etymology: 19th century slang dictionary has Cundum

    That book dates cundum going back fo " 1767 Rochester Roscommon and Dorset a panageric upon cundum"

    "Happy the man who in his pocket keeps,

    Whether with green or scarlet riband bound,

    A well-made cundum"

    January 5, 2017