jism

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Etymology[edit]

Originally US English; first attested with the meaning “energy” in 1842, and with the meaning “semen” in c.1888.[1] For semantic development, compare spunk. Perhaps ultimately from British dialect chissom, a shoot or sprout.[2]

Unlikely to be related to Arabic جِسْم(jism, body) (or its Hindi derivative जिस्म (jisma)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪzəm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪzəm

Noun[edit]

jism (countable and uncountable, plural jisms)

  1. Spirit or energy.
  2. (vulgar, slang) Semen.
    • 1981, John Updike, Rabbit is Rich
      [] the girls in blue movies rub their faces in jism

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathon Green (2022), “jism”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang
  2. ^ James Lambert The Macquarie Australian Slang Dictionary (Sydney: Macquarie Library) 2004, page 114.

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