Definition of priapic in English:

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Pronunciation: /prʌɪˈapɪk/


1Relating to or resembling a phallus: priapic carvings
More example sentences
  • Bringing the subtext of the antique painting and its copies to the fore, the artist has depicted women coming to a priapic fountain to buy winged, straining phalli from an old procuress.
  • My late grandparents lived in Cerne Abbas, a picture-postcard-perfect village which nestles under Giant's Hill, home of that famously priapic ancient chalk carving, the Cerne Giant.
  • ‘I can't look at this painting without blushing,’ she says, showing me a colour photocopy of one of Kahlo's lush phallic portrayals of a priapic vegetable.
1.1Relating to male sexuality and sexual activity: the spirit of these pages is downright priapic
1.2 Medicine (Of a man) having a persistently erect penis.
Example sentences
  • A Priapic episode is both a painful and embarrassing condition, made all the worse by current social stigmas against its sufferers.
  • A priapic erection lasting for longer than 3 or 4 hours can do lasting damage to spongy tissues of penis, making further erection impossible, so appropriate action is to consult your doctor if there is no improvement in 2 hours.


Late 18th century: from Priapos (Greek form of Priapus) + -ic.

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