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Etymology 1[edit]

See circus.


circ (plural circs)

  1. (obsolete) An amphitheatrical circle for sports; a circus.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Warton to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From circumcision/circumcise by shortening.


circ (plural circs)

  1. (informal) Circumcision.
    • 2001, Richard Gordon, Great Medical Mysteries, House of Stratus (2001), →ISBN, page 65:
      During the pre-NHS 1930s, circumcision was as fashionable among the British middle class as confirmation. Breech deliveries were said to be popular with both obstetrician and anaesthetist, a boy assuring them early in the birth of 'a couple of guineas next week for the circ.'
    • 2011, Michelle Au, This Won't Hurt a Bit (and Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood, Grand Central Publishing (2011), →ISBN, unnumbered pages:
      The circ is progressing apace when, without warning, one of the nurses bursts in from outside, and I mean bursts in, as opposed to entering soundlessly and unobtrusively as we all try to (with the exception of the attending surgeons, who always burst in), and tells us, "Someone just crashed a plane into one of the Twin Towers."
    • 2011, Maggie Kozel, The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor's Journey In and Out of Medicine, Chelsea Green Publishing (2011), →ISBN, page 50:
      Ironically, our Japanese-born colleague Seiji, who came from a culture that did not circumcise, had no problem with it. In fact, he was amazing to behold. Seiji could finish a "slice and dice," as we called it, before I could even get my gloves on. Bob and I would change every poopy, slimy diaper in that nursery just to stall until Seiji finished the circs.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:circ.


circ (third-person singular simple present circs, present participle circing, simple past and past participle circed)

  1. (informal) To circumcise.
    • 1998 May 18, Barbara Fraire, “Re: OT/formula moms love babies less??”, in, Usenet[1]:
      Again, I don't think I was *wrong* to circ my son, though some may choose to disagree quite loudly with that statement; I just think not circing is a better decision.
    • 2000 January 1, Wade & Litha, “Re: The dreaded circ issue rears its ugly head in my house!”, in, Usenet[2]:
      I'm not stating how i feel either way but i like it that my husband was circed.
    • 2007, Nick J. Myers III, Sex & Sensuality: Essays on Fun Stuff, iUniverse (2007), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      If a person was circed they have to live with it, or attempt partial restoration, but on the whole IMO a whole penis is more beautiful than a mutilated one.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:circ.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for circ in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




Borrowed from Latin circus.



circ m (plural circs)

  1. circus

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circ f

  1. (archaic, dialectal) dative singular of cearc


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
circ chirc gcirc
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.