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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sperme, from Latin sperma, from Ancient Greek σπέρμα (spérma, seed, semen). Compare also Old French esperme, sparme.

PronunciationEdit

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  • (US) IPA(key): /spɜːɹm/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /spɜːm/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m
  • Hyphenation: sperm

NounEdit

sperm (countable and uncountable, plural sperm or sperms)

  1. (countable) The reproductive cell or gamete of the male; a spermatozoon.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 80:
      In the Fall into the division of labor, Levi-Strauss sees the great hunters trading women to create the exogamous bonds of one hunting band with another. The egg is, but the sperm does. The tiny sperm may be furious in its activity, but its highway to the egg is paved by the alkaline trail set down by the Great Mother.
    • 2012, Sarah Whitehouse, The Guardian, 13 Apr 2012:
      Seeing the two little moving cells – the result of her egg and Luke's sperm – was incredible, and two very long weeks later the clinic confirmed I was pregnant.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Semen; the generative substance of male animals.
  3. (chemistry) Sperm oil; whale oil from a sperm whale; spermaceti.

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VerbEdit

sperm (third-person singular simple present sperms, present participle sperming, simple past and past participle spermed)

  1. (intransitive, slang, vulgar) To ejaculate.
  2. (transitive, slang, vulgar) To ejaculate on or into.

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek σπέρμα (spérma) (sense 1).

NounEdit

sperm m (definite singular spermen, uncountable)

  1. sperm
  2. short for spermasett (spermaceti); see spermhval.

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sperm

  1. imperative of sperme

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sperm

  1. semen (male reproductory fluid)