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

  • adj. Responsive or sensitive to sexual stimulation: erogenous zones.
  • adj. Arousing sexual desire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sensitive to sexual arousal.
  • adj. Causing sexual arousal, erotogenic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. causing sexual excitement when stimulated.
  • adj. relating to or arousing sexual excitement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inducing erotic sensation; producing sexual desire.

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

  • adj. sensitive to sexual stimulation


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

Greek erōs, sexual love + -genous.


  • Such zones or areas are called _erogenous zones_ -- the word erogenous means love-generating.

    Woman Her Sex and Love Life

  • Above all gratifications originate through the adapted sensible excitation of so-called erogenous zones.

    Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex

  • Societies generally choose by its obscure methods certain means of expression, typically regarding the body and perceived "erogenous" anatomical bits, to be inherently offensive and vulgar, and must conform to the societal norm.


  • Whether or not, like Woody Allen, you've experienced sex as the most fun you've ever had without laughing, some days I can't help but think that the online erogenous zone deserves another one of the comic's lines: "When it comes to sex, there are certain things that should always be left unknown, and with my luck, they probably will be."

    Marian Salzman: The Online Erogenous Zone

  • The personals come with titles such as "Aural Erotica," and explanations such as, "Let me blow your mind, your ultimate erogenous zone."

    Elevated Reading Club

  • Our loaded test car was equipped with the company's excellent color navigation/media display built into the speedo, controlled with the Mini's new and strangely erogenous nub of a controller.

    Mini's Hot Coupe: Drive It—If Your Pal Buys One

  • Will puts it like this: an attempt to "stroke every erogenous zone of the electorate."

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • But now we've turned this into this panorama in which -- in an interminable speech, every president, regardless of party, tries to stroke every erogenous zone in the electorate. . .

    Morning Bits

  • Option two: dive head-long into the messy erogenous, contentious muck of it all, recording the vagaries, obsessions, fears and fissures of life/desire/decay/art.

    Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue: Obit for Two: A Reflection on Dying, Culture, Lucien Freud and Amy Winehouse

  • Additionally, the removal of the foreskin creates a secondary loss of sensitivity: not only has the most erogenous tissue of the male sexual organ been removed, but, as the man ages, the glans loses its mucosal covering, becomes dried out, and keratinizes over time.

    Miriam Pollack: Circumcision: Identity, Gender And Power


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