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semen Line breaks: semen
Pronunciation: /ˈsiːmən/

Definition of semen in English:


[mass noun]
The male reproductive fluid, containing spermatozoa in suspension.
Example sentences
  • The prostate produces a thick, white fluid called semen that mixes with the sperm when it is ejaculated in male orgasm.
  • The garment was taped for fibres and hairs and screened for body fluids, such as blood, semen and saliva.
  • After a few days, the body has natural ways of releasing the extra semen and sperm.
sperm, spermatic fluid, seminal fluid, seed, milt, ejaculate, emission
technical spermatozoa
vulgar slang come, cum, jism, jissom, jizz
British vulgar slang spunk


Late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'seed', from serere 'to sow'.

  • sow from Old English:

    Sow, in the sense to plant is Old English and had the sense ‘disseminate’ from early on. The image of disseminate (Late Middle English) is the same, for it comes from Latin semen (Late Middle English) meaning ‘seed’. Seed (Old English) in turn comes from the same Germanic root as sow. The differently pronounced sow that is the female pig is also Old English, and goes back to an Indo-European root shared by Latis sus and Greek hus which suggests they were on the menu for our early ancestors.

Words that rhyme with semen

cacodemon, daemon, demon, Freeman, freemen, Philemon, Riemann, Schliemann, seaman, seamen
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