Discussion in 'English Only' started by Dr.Appalayya, Apr 14, 2007.
What is a over-sexed lady?
Idiomatically, she is "horny".
"Over-sexed" means "craves sex to an unhealthy extent".
If the problems is serious, we would describe her as a 'nymphomaniac'.
The above does not apply to women only...
I'm afraid I think it does, SwissPete. It certainly does in Chambers dictionary - it derives from 'nymph', ie bride, maiden. Is there another meaning or definition I haven't come across?
I interpreted "over-sexed" as a woman that's had too much sex, not one who only craves it.
This type of woman (usually for women, though I've heard men being called this as a joke) may be called a "whore" or "slut," which are slang words for "prostitute."
That's interesting - it's not a sense in which I've heard 'over-sexed' used in the UK. Here I think it would always refer to an excessive sex-drive. Would you use the word 'sexed' in the same way, ie to mean somebody 'has had sex'? Is this a US usage?
My friends say "sexing" (making a noun into a verb), and I've heard "I want so sex him" (though I think this is more common with girls because they like making silly things up like this). So maybe this is why I thought "sexed" meant "having had sex."
Whore or slut are not slang words for prostitute, they are insults.
I've usually heard the term "over-sexed" to refer to a frame of mind, not necessarily actually indulging in an abundance of sex.
So a woman that thinks about or frequently discusses sex and sexually oriented matter would be refered to as "over-sexed".
A woman that had voracious sexual appetites would be called something else entirely.
not always insults :-o but yea, i agree that (for the most part) they are insulting (/vulgar) words for "prostitute."
there is also a song by missy elliott that goes "sex me" somewhere
Shall we return to the question in post #1?
Before I looked in the dictionary, I did not know the meaning of "over-sexed woman". I would have mistakenly guessed it meant a woman who engaged in too much sex. I guess a similar phrase for that could be overly sexed.
Just to clarify, here is a dictionary definition:
adj. Having or showing an excessive sexual appetite or interest in sexual matters.
whereas nymphomania is--
n. Excessive sexual desire in and behavior by a female.
What is that definition for?
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