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sex (sɛks Pronunciation for sex

Definitions

noun

  1. the sum of the characteristics that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive function
  2. either of the two categories, male or female, into which organisms are placed on this basis
  3. short for sexual intercourse
  4. feelings or behaviour resulting from the urge to gratify the sexual instinct
  5. sexual matters in general

modifier

  1. of or concerning sexual matters   ⇒ sex education, sex hygiene
  2. based on or arising from the difference between the sexes   ⇒ sex discrimination

verb

  1. (transitive) to ascertain the sex of

Word Origin

C14: from Latin sexus; compare secāre to divide

Synonyms

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= facts of life, sexuality, reproduction, the birds and the bees
= lovemaking, sexual relations, copulation, the other, fucking, screwing, intimacy, going to bed (with someone), shagging, nookie, fornication, coitus, rumpy-pumpy, legover, coition, rumpo, cybersex

Quotations including 'sex'

  • "The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable" [attributed to Lord Chesterfield]
  • "When I hear his steps outside my door I lie down on my bed, close my eyes, open my legs, and think of England" [Lady Hillingdon]
  • "Sex is what you can get. For some people, most people, it's the most important thing they can get without being born rich or smart or stealing" [Don DeLillo
  • "Sexual intercourse beganIn nineteen sixty-three(Which was rather late for me) -Between the end of the `Chatterley' banAnd the Beatles' first LP" [Philip Larkin
  • "Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles" [George Mikes
  • "Is sex dirty? Only if it's done right" [Woody Allen
  • "That [sex] was the most fun I ever had without laughing" [Woody Allen
  • "My mother used to say, Delia, if S-E-X ever rears its ugly head, close your eyes before you see the rest of it" [Alan Ayckbourn
  • "It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses" [Mrs. Patrick Campbell]
  • "While we have sex in the mind, we truly have none in the body" [D.H. Lawrence
  • "There is more difference within the sexes than between them" [Ivy Compton-Burnett]

sex-

Definitions

combining form

  1. six   ⇒ sexcentennial

Word Origin

from Latin

Translations for 'sex'

  • British English: sexPronunciation for sex The sexes are the two groups, male and female, into which people and animals are divided.This movie appeals to both sexes.sɛks NOUN
  • Arabic: جِنْسPronunciation for جِنْس
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sexoPronunciation for sexo
  • Chinese: 性别Pronunciation for 性别
  • Croatian: spolPronunciation for spol
  • Czech: pohlavíPronunciation for pohlaví
  • Danish: kønPronunciation for køn
  • Dutch: seksePronunciation for sekse
  • European Spanish: sexoPronunciation for sexo
  • Finnish: sukupuoliPronunciation for sukupuoli
  • French: sexePronunciation for sexe
  • German: GeschlechtPronunciation for Geschlecht
  • Greek: φύλοPronunciation for φύλο
  • Italian: sessoPronunciation for sesso
  • Japanese: 性別Pronunciation for 性別
  • Korean: Pronunciation for 성
  • Norwegian: sexPronunciation for sex
  • Polish: płećPronunciation for płeć
  • Portuguese: sexoPronunciation for sexo
  • Romanian: sex sexe
  • Russian: полPronunciation for полсовокупность признаков, связанных с размножением
  • Spanish: sexoPronunciation for sexo
  • Swedish: könPronunciation for kön
  • Thai: เพศPronunciation for เพศ
  • Turkish: cinsiyetPronunciation for cinsiyetseks
  • Ukrainian: стать
  • Vietnamese: giới tínhPronunciation for giới tính

Example Sentences Including 'sex'

But the expression on the Fat Man's face suggested he had slaughter rather than sex on his mind.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
It accused ministers of breaking pledges that no-one convicted of'serious ' or sex offences would be let out early.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Many of the women were forced into the sex industry to pay for their passage.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
She also took advantage of the offer of a body double for the explicit sex scenes.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
She says she has learned all she knows about sex from the Internet.
Irish Times (2002)
The exploits of Sky Heroes and mythic beings create the patterns of behaviour by which men and women conduct their sex lives.
James Cowan ABORIGINE DREAMING: Introduction to the Wisdom and Thought of the Aboriginal Traditions of Australia (2002)
Then initiate sex consider the ball (or, in your case, balls) in your court.
Maxim (2004)
We also need to reconsider our attitudes to contraception and sex education, and examine the role of alcohol in crisis pregnancy.
Irish Times (2002)
Wilshere moved down the bench, put his arm all the way around her, his warm dry palm cupped her shoulder -- no sex , avuncular now.
Robert Wilson THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS (2002)

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