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testicle Line breaks: tes|ticle
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛstɪk(ə)l/

Definition of testicle in English:


Either of the two oval organs that produce sperm in men and other male mammals, enclosed in the scrotum behind the penis. Also called testis.
North American informal cojones
vulgar slang balls, knackers, nuts, rocks
British vulgar slang bollocks, goolies



Pronunciation: /tɛˈstɪkjʊlə/


Late Middle English: from Latin testiculus, diminutive of testis 'a witness' (i.e. to virility).

  • The ancient Romans felt that a man's testicles testified that he was male. They formed the word testiculus from Latin testis ‘witness’, the source also of attest (late 16th century); detest (Late Middle English) which originally meant to denounce; protest (Late Middle English); testify (Late Middle English); and intestate (Late Middle English) ‘without a witnessed will’. The testicles were the ‘witnesses’ of the man's virility.

Words that rhyme with testicle

sceptical (US skeptical)

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