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Dictionary Definition

sexy adj
1 marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest; "feeling sexy"; "sexy clothes"; "sexy poses"; "a sexy book"; "sexy jokes" [ant: unsexy]
2 exciting sexual desire [syn: aphrodisiac, aphrodisiacal] [ant: anaphrodisiac] [also: sexiest, sexier]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From sex + -y.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. In the context of "of a person": Having sexual appeal; suggestive of sex.
    The participants in the swimsuit competition are all very sexy.
  2. In the context of "of a thing or concept": Very attractive or appealing.
    The manufacturers have launched a sexy new car.
    We have some sexy ideas on how to improve sales.

Synonyms

Translations

having sexual appeal
slang: very attractive or appealing

Dutch

Adjective

sexy ( sexyer, sexyst)

Norwegian

Adjective

sexy ( mer sexy, mest sexy)

Romanian

Etymology

From en

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. sexy

Declension

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Extensive Definition

In a species that reproduces sexually, sexual attraction is an attraction, usually, to other members of the same species for sexual or erotic activity. This type of attraction often occurs amongst individuals of a sexually-reproducing species, although in many species it serves no immediate reproductive goal – indeed, some sexual behavior among primates is undertaken as a social activity. Certain aspects of what is sexually attractive to humans may differ amongst particular cultures or regions. Influencing factors may be determined more locally among sub-cultures, across sexual fields, or simply by the preferences of the individual. These preferences come about as a result of a complex variety of genetic, psychological, and cultural factors. The sexual attraction of one person to another depends on both people.

Human sexual attractiveness

Much of human sexual attractiveness is governed by physical attractiveness. This involves the impact one's appearance has on the senses, especially in the beginning of a relationship:

Sexual attraction in animals

As with other animals, pheromones may also enter into the picture, though less significantly. Theoretically, the "wrong" pheromone may cause someone to be disliked, even when they would otherwise appear attractive. Frequently a pleasant smelling perfume is used to encourage the member of the opposite sex to more deeply inhale the air surrounding its wearer, increasing the probability that the pheromones from the individual will also be inhaled. The importance of pheromones in human relationships is probably limited and is widely disputed, although it appears to have some scientific basis.

Other aspects

Many people exhibit high levels of sexual fetishism, and are sexually stimulated by other stimuli not normally associated with sexual arousal. The degree to which such fetishism exists or has existed in different cultures is controversial.

References

  • 3. On pecularities of Russian sex appeal, see Emil Draitser, Making War, Not Love: Gender and Sexuality in Russian Humor. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.), pp. 13-32. ISBN 0312221290

External links

sexy in German: Sexappeal
sexy in Estonian: Seksapiil
sexy in Spanish: Atracción sexual
sexy in French: Attirance sexuelle
sexy in Italian: Attrazione sessuale
sexy in Lithuanian: Lytinis potraukis
sexy in Polish: Atrakcyjność fizyczna
sexy in Russian: Сексапильность

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