Sex

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English

The two sexes (male and female) of the vermilion flycatcher.

Alternative forms

Etymology

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From Middle English {{enm|sexe}}, from Template:Fro {{fro|sexe}}, from {{la|sexus||gender}}. Thought to be connected with {{la|seco}}, {{la|secare||divide, cut}} by the concept of division, or 'half' of the race. Akin to {{en|section}}. Meaning "sexual intercourse" first attested 1929 (in writings of D.H. Lawrence).

Pronunciation

Noun

Sex (plural [[~es#|~es]])
  1. (Articlescountable) A main division into which an organism is placed according to its reproductive functions or organs. (In most organisms, the division is into males and females; some organisms have additional sexes.)
    What sex is that hamster?
    The abnormality is found in both sexes.
    Slime molds are sometimes erroneously said to have thirteen sexes.
  2. (Articlesuncountable) The sum of the biological characteristics by which male and female and other organisms are distinguished.
    The effect of the medication is dependent upon age, sex, and other factors.
    The researchers divided the subjects by sex.
  3. (Articlesuncountable) Sexual intercourse; the act of sexual intercourse.
    All you ever think about is sex.
    We had sex in the back seat.
    • 1934, translation of the Qur'an (23:5) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali
      [The believers ... those ... ] who abstain from sex
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  4. (Articleseuphemistic) Genitalia; a penis or vagina.
    • 1993, Catherine Coulter, The Heiress Bride (ISBN 1101214147), page 354:
      She touched his sex with her hand.
  5. (ArticlesobsoleteArticles, with the definite article) Women; womankind.
    • Note on citations: None of the following actually shows that the word was used to mean "womankind".
    • 1740, Samuel Richardson, Pamela:
      ‘With all my heart,’ replied my master; ‘I have so much honour for all the sex, that I would not have the meanest person of it stand, while I sit, had I been to have made the custom.’
    • 1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, chapter 1, page 52:
    • .String Module Error: function rep expects a number as second parameter, received "" unless it was with his sister-in-law, my father's wife and my mother,—my uncle Toby scarce exchanged three words with the sex in as many years .String Module Error: function rep expects a number as second parameter, received ""
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    • 1807, John Hoole, trans. Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso, XXVII ll. 1003-4:
      But how can each the boasted treasure own, / When through the sex no two chaste wives are known?
    • 1862, Wilkie Collins, No Name:
      Even the reptile temperament of Noel Vanstone warmed under the influence of the sex: he had an undeniably appreciative eye for a handsome woman, and Magdalen's grace and beauty were not thrown away on him.

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Translations

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Verb

Sex (third-person singular simple present [[Sexs#|Sexs]], present participle [[Sexing#|Sexing]], simple past and past participle [[Sexed#|Sexed]])
  1. (Articleszoology) To determine the biological sex of an animal.
    It is not easy to sex lizards.
  2. (Articlescolloquial) To have sex with.
    The passionate lovers sexed each other every night.
    OK, so I'm sexin' her, right, and all I can think of is this other girl.

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Czech

Pronunciation

Noun

Sex {{[[Modèle:{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]]}}

  1. [[sex#|sex]] Template:Gloss

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Danish

Etymology

From {{en|sex}}.

Noun

Sex

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  1. (Articlesuncountable) Sexual intercourse, sex.

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Dutch

Etymology

From [[sex#|sex]].

Noun

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  1. (Articlesproscribed) Template:Alternative form of

Usage notes

Regarding connotations in writing, certain magazines use sex instead of seks, since the correct spelling is regarded more neutral and official, and the other more exciting.


Icelandic

Etymology

From Old Norse {{non|sex}}.

Pronunciation

Numeral

Sex (cardinal, indeclinable)

  1. six; the cardinal number after {{is|fimm||five}} and before {{is|sjö||seven}}.

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Interlingua

Etymology

From Old Norse sex, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*sehs}}, from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*swéḱs||six}}.

Numeral

Sex

  1. six

Latin

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Alternative forms

  • Symbol: VI

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*swéḱs}}. Cognates include Sanskrit {{sa|षष्}}, Template:Xcl {{xcl|վեց}}, Ancient Greek {{grc|ἕξ}}, and Old English {{ang|siex}} ( {{en|six}}).

Pronunciation

Numeral

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  1. (Articlescardinal) six; 6
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Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

{{ Template:Nb/script |Sex|face=head|lang=nb}} {{[[Modèle:|]]|}} (definite singular Template:Slink) (Articlesuncountable)

  1. [[sex#|sex]] (sexual intercourse)

Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

Sex {{[[Modèle:|]]|}} (definite singular Template:Slink) (Articlesuncountable)

  1. [[sex#|sex]] (sexual intercourse)

Old Frisian

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Etymology

From Template:Inh.

Cardinal number

sex

  1. Template:Label [[six#|six]].

Descendants


Old Norse

Etymology

From Template:Inh, whence also Old English {{ang|siex}} ( {{en|six}}), Old Frisian {{ofs|sex}}, Template:Osx {{osx|sehs}}, Template:Dum {{dum|sesse}} ( {{nl|zes}}), Old High German {{goh|sehs}} ( {{de|sechs}}), Gothic {{got|𐍃𐌰𐌹𐌷𐍃}}. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*swéḱs}}, cognate with Sanskrit {{sa|षष्}}, Template:Xcl {{xcl|վեց}}, Ancient Greek {{grc|ἕξ}}.

Numeral

Sex

  1. six

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Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from {{la|sexus}}

Noun

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  1. gender, [[sex#|sex]]

Declension

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Noun

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  1. [[sex#|sex]], sexual relations

Slovak

Etymology

From {{en|sex}}, from {{la|sexus}}.

Noun

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  1. sex (intercourse, sexual activity)

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Swedish

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Template:Gmq-osw {{ Template:Gmq-osw/script |[[sæx#Template:Gmq-osw|sæx]]|face=term|lang=gmq-osw}}, {{ Template:Gmq-osw/script |[[siæx#Template:Gmq-osw|siæx]]|face=term|lang=gmq-osw}}, from Old Norse {{non|sex}}, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*sehs}}, from Proto-Indo-European {{ine-pro|*swéḱs||six}}.

Numeral

Sex

  1. (Articlescardinal) six
Derived terms

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Etymology 2

From {{en|sex}}.

Noun

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  1. [[sex#|sex]] (intercourse, sexual activity)

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