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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sex:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sex:


Sex is sometimes a misspelling of six.

Definition of the noun sex

What does sex mean as a name of something?

Sex is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: sexes

  1. activities associated with sexual intercourse
  2. either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided
    • example: the war between the sexes
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: category / class / family = a collection of things sharing a common attribute
  3. all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses
    • examples: he wanted a better sex life | the film contained no sex or violence
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonym of sex: sexual urge
    • more generic word: feeling = the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  4. the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles
    • example: she didn't want to know the sex of the foetus
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of sex: gender / sexuality
    • more generic term: physiological property = a property having to do with the functioning of the body
    • more specific words:
    • attributes:
      • male = being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation
      • female = being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop
      • androgynous = having both male and female characteristics
      • sexual = having or involving sex
      • nonsexual / asexual = not having or involving sex

Alternative definition of the noun sex


  1. [countable] Either of two main divisions (either female or male) into which many organisms can be placed, according to reproductive function or organs.
  2. [uncountable] The distinguishing property, quality, or assemblage of properties by which organisms are classified as female or male on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions; the set of properties by which male is distinguished from female.
  3. [uncountable] Sexual intercourse; the act of sexual intercourse.
  4. [euphemistic] Genitalia; a penis or vagina.
  5. [obsolete, with the definite article] Women; womankind.

Definition of the verb sex

What does sex mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sexed | sexing | sexes

  1. stimulate sexually
  2. tell the sex (of young chickens)


  1. "Sex" is a five-track EP released by The 1975 on 19 November 2012 by Vagrant Records. It is the second of four EPs which were released before their first full-length album, The 1975. The lead track Sex was produced, recorded and arranged by brothers Michael and Robert Coles of Little Comets. A music video for the single "Sex" was released onto YouTube on 5 October 2012.
  2. "Sex" is a musical album of Luk.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  3. "Sex" is a song by The 1975.
  4. "Sex" is a studio EP, released on March 20, 2007, by Tila Tequila through the Washington-based label The Saturday Team. On July 27, 2007, Italian website MusicBlob revealed that The Saturday Team and distributor Icon Music Entertainment Services sued Tila over breaching her contract related to the album. On September 22, 2008 the EP was released onto the United States iTunes Store under the explicit tag.
  5. "Sex" is a song by American rock band Mötley Crüe. It was originally released as the first single from their intended tenth studio album, but was dropped when bassist Nikki Sixx announced that there will not be another studio album before the end of their last tour.
  6. "Sex" is the debut album by Australian improvised music trio, The Necks, originally released on the Spiral Scratch label and later rereleased on Fish of Milk and Private Music in the US. The album features a single track of just under an hour in length performed by Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck improvising over a two-bar motif. On this album the band overdubbed the instrumentation of piano, bass and drums in a dual take creating a "hypnotic repetitive piece".
  7. "Sex" is the second single from German industrial metal group Oomph! from their album, Sperm.
  8. "Sex" is a musical album of Vintage.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  9. "SEX" is an album by popular Greek artist Elli Kokkinou that was released on November 11, 2005 by Heaven Music. Following its platinum status, it was re-released with four new songs and a bonus DVD renamed Ki Allo Platinum Edition. Campari and RedPassion were the main sponsors of the album.
  10. "Sex" is a musical album of Telex.
    • released in (34 years ago)


  1. "Sex" is a coffee table book written by Madonna with photographs by Steven Meisel Studio and film frames taken from film shot by Fabien Baron. The book was edited by Glenn O'Brien. Sex was released on October 21, 1992 by Warner Books. The book was released by Madonna as an accompaniment to her fifth studio album Erotica, which was released a day earlier.
    • also known as "Sex Madonna - Standee", 섹스
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Fantasy
    • subjects: Music, Literature
    • released on (22 years ago)
  2. "Sex" is a book by Irving Singer.
    • also known as "Sex: a philosophical primer"
    • genre: Philosophy
    • subjects: Philosophy, Modern philosophy, Sex, History, Human sexuality, Aesthetics


  1. "Sex" is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Fred Niblo, written by C. Gardner Sullivan, produced by J. Parker Read, and starring Louise Glaum. On its surface, the film was a morality story on the evils of marital infidelity. However, the film's producer, J. Parker Read, had made a series of pictures on sex themes. The release of Sex, with its provocative title and explicit scenes of seduction and debauchery, made it the subject of controversy among censors and commentators.
  2. "Sex" is a 1992 documentary film directed by Fabien Baron.
    • executive producer: Madonna
    • released on (22 years ago)
  3. "Sex" is a 2013 documentary film directed by Kaltrina Krasniqi.


  1. Sex: Organisms of many species are specialized into male and female varieties, each known as a sex. Sexual reproduction involves the combining and mixing of genetic traits: specialized cells known as gametes combine to form offspring that inherit traits from each parent. Gametes can be identical in form and function, but in many cases an asymmetry has evolved such that two sex-specific types of gametes exist. By definition, male gametes are small, motile, and optimized to transport their genetic information over a distance, while female gametes are large, non-motile and contain the nutrients necessary for the early development of the young organism. Among humans and other mammals, males typically carry XY chromosomes, whereas females typically carry XX chromosomes, which are a part of the XY sex-determination system.
    • also known as Sexual Transmission, Sexual Reproduction
  2. Sex was a boutique run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at 430 King's Road, London between 1974 and 1976. It specialized in clothing that defined the look of the punk movement.
    • also known as Let It Rock
  3. Sex, also known as Sex with Sophie Lee, is an Australian television series that ran from 1992 to 1993 on the Nine Network. It was hosted by Sophie Lee in its first season and Pamela Stephenson in its second. As the title of the show suggests, the program was about sex and its related aspects.
    • also known as Sex with Sophie Lee
    • begun in (23 years ago)
  4. SEX: In computing, the SEX assembly language mnemonic has often been used for the "Sign EXtend" machine instruction found in the Motorola 6809. A computer's or CPU's "sex" can also mean the endianness of the computer architecture used. x86 computers do not have the same "byte sex", as HC11 computers, for example. Functions are sometimes needed for computers of different endianness to communicate with each other over the internet, as protocols often use big endian byte coding by default.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sex

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Google previewMen in Relationships (2006)

A New Look from a Life Course Perspective by Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford, PhD, Barbara Formaniak Turner, PhD

For women, sex means emotional closeness that can be communicated through talk, but for men sex means sex.

Google previewAfter Pluralism (2012)

Reimagining Religious Engagement by Courtney Bender, Pamela E. Klassen

Because sex is the site of the literal production of bodies and also a potent site for figuring self-discipline and control of one's individual body, it facilitates both normative...

As a result, sex is a site for determining what's normal in modernity.


Exploring the Purpose, Significance, Hazards, Perversion, & Legitimate Boundaries of Activating Sex by ESPHAN NG’ANG’A


Google previewThe Odes to TL61P (2013)

by Keston Sutherland

Fuck the waxes, shaves, implants, jerking, convulsions and sperm, real shaves, implants, jerking, convulsions and sperm, real shaves, implants, jerking, convulsions and sperm, real sex is the insatiable silence underneath. Nothing but the sex ...

Google previewNeurodevelopmental Disabilities (2011)

Clinical Care for Children and Young Adults by Dilip R. Patel, Donald E Greydanus, Hatim A. Omar, Joav Merrick

Sex is a basic human need that arises in the subcortex and is controlled by the cerebral cortex in Homo sapiens [1].

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sex and Gender (2003)

Men and Women in the World's Cultures Topics and Cultures A-K - Volume 1; Cultures L-Z - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

Sexuality and Male-Female Interaction. Sex and Gender in the World's Cultures. Culture Name Index. Subject Index.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of AIDS (2003)

by G.C. Satpathy

Sex. Workers. in. Bangladesh. BACKGROUND Tangail Brothel Bangladesh has had brothels for centuries that have steadily become part of the local culture. Some are residential, comparatively uncrowded, with small rooms ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women and Gender (2001)

Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender by Judith Worell

Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender Judith Worell. This accounts for the less pronounced gender differences in assertiveness among African Americans, where there is greater gender equality in power.

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

sex—the oedipal triangle. See Neuropsychoanalysis of oedipal behavior. OEDIPUS COMPLEX Introduced by Freud as a core, universal aspect of development and the key basis for the genesis of neurosis. It involves the triangular relationship ...

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ASL 402- Sex, Drugs and Explicit Language.MOD

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Quotes about Sex

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Without having
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Sex is just a
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I think of you always (Aparna Chatterjee)
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Scrabble value of S1E1X8

The value of this 3-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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