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English

Etymology

1382, from Middle French sexe < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] sexus (gender). Thought to be connected with [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] seco, secare (divide, cut) by the concept of division, or 'half' of the race. Akin to section. Meaning "sexual intercourse" first attested 1929 (in writings of D.H. Lawrence).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
sex

Plural
es

sex (es)
  1. (countable) Either of two main divisions (either male or female) into which many organisms can be placed, according to reproductive function or organs; gender.
    What sex is that hamster?
    The abnormality is found in both sexes.
  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.
    The effect of the medication is dependent upon age, sex, and other factors.
    The researchers divided the subjects by sex.
  3. (uncountable) Sexual intercourse; the act of sexual intercourse.
    All you ever think about is sex.
    We had sex in the back seat.
  4. (euphemism) Genitalia; a penis or vagina.
  5. (dated, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) the sex. Women; womankind. Also, the fair sex, the fairer sex, the whimsical sex.

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Verb

Infinitive
to sex

Third person singular
sex

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to sex (third-person singular simple present sex, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (zoology) To determine the sex of; often in reference to newly-hatched chicks.
    It is not easy to sex a hyena.
  2. (colloquial) 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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Danish

Etymology

From English sex

Noun

sex

  1. sexual intercourse
  2. sexuality

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Icelandic

Etymology

Old Norse

Number

sex (cardinal, indeclinable)[[Category:Template:lang:is cardinal numbers|sex]]

  1. six; the cardinal number after fimm (five) and before sjö (seven).

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Latin

Number

sex (cardinal, indeclinable)[[Category:Template:lang:la numerals|sex]]

  1. six

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Romanian

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ro:Template:lang:la derivations]] sexus

Noun

sex n. (plural sexe or sexuri)

  1. gender, sex

Declension


Derived terms

Noun

sex n. (uncountable)

  1. sex, sexual relations

Slovak

Noun

sex m. (declension pattern dub)

  1. sex (intercourse, sexual activity)

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

sex

  1. sex (intercourse, sexual activity)

Number

sex (cardinal)

  1. six

Derived terms

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