porn

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Shortening of pornography. Attested from mid-20th century.

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porn (countable and uncountable, plural porns)

  1. (uncountable, informal) Pornography. [from the mid-20th c.]
    • I just delete the porn before someone else uses the computer.
    • 2013 August 26, admin, “Porn, Pseudoscience and DeltaFosB”, Your Brain On Porn, accessed on 2014-04-29:
      The obvious question is: "At what point does porn use become pathological (i.e., an addiction)?" The answer is simple: "Whenever the amount of stimulation induces the accumulation of ΔFosB and corresponding addiction-related brain changes."
  2. (countable, informal, chiefly in the plural) A pornographic work.
    • 1982, Florence King, “When Sisterhood Was in Flower”, reprinted in The Florence King Reader, Macmillan (1996), ISBN 978-0-312-14337-4, page 181:
      There are anywhere from ten to twelve chapters in the average porn, so that many blank pages can be inserted.
    • 2000, Dennis Cooper, Period, Grove Press (2001), ISBN 978-0-8021-3783-8, page 33:
      — I’ve got it at home. Anyway, there was this gap between the final two porns.
    • a. 2004, anonymous study participant, quoted in Todd G. Morrison, “‘He was Treating Me Like Trash, and I Was Loving It . . .’: Perspectives on Gay Male Pornography”, in Todd G. Morrison (editor), Eclectic Views on Gay Male Pornography: Pornucopia (co-published as Journal of Homosexuality, Volume 47, Numbers 3/4), Psychology Press (2004), ISBN 978-1-56023-291-9, page 179:
      I remember once watching a porn with some friends of mine []
    You typically need a high libido to get into the porn industry.
  3. (uncountable, slang) a collection of images of something desirable, such as "car porn" or "gun porn".

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