Definitions

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

  • n. A sexually transmitted disease caused by gonococcal bacteria that affects the mucous membrane chiefly of the genital and urinary tracts and is characterized by an acute purulent discharge and painful or difficult urination, though women often have no symptoms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An STD caused by a species of bacteria (the gonococcus) that affects the mucous membrane of the genital and urinary tracts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contagious inflammatory disease of the genitourinary tract, affecting especially the urethra and vagina, and characterized by a mucopurulent discharge, pain in urination, and chordee; clap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathol., a. specific, contagious, muco-purulent inflammation of the male urethra or the female vagina and urethra. It may also be communicated to the conjunctival and rectal mucous membranes.

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

  • n. a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra

Etymologies

Greek gonorrhoia, flow of seed (from the mistaken belief that the discharge contained semen) : gono-, gono- + -rhoia, -rrhea.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Late Latin gonorrhoia, from Ancient Greek γονόρροια (gonorroia), from γόνος (gonos, "sperm. seed, offspring") + ῥέω (rheō, "I flow") (ca. 1526). (Wiktionary)

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  • Goneril was a gomeril.

    December 29, 2008

  • The name of one of the ugly elder sisters in ''King Lear''. Also, an excellent name for a dog, as when you take it for a run in the park and it disappears, you can bellow "Gono -- rrheeee -- ah!" (lovely clear vowels) and be reasonably certain that there won't be lots of other dogs with the same name bounding up, which would not be the case had you named your mutt Fido. See chlamydia.

    December 29, 2008

  • "Morning dew".

    May 7, 2008

  • Ah! Too late for regrets. I'm a gonner 'ere!

    January 29, 2008