Phallic means resembling or related to a penis: people often talk about phallic shapes, like the Washington Monument.

When you see phallic, think penis. Calling something phallic means it’s penis-like in some way. In some cases, that means it has creative power, like how a penis, through sex, creates new life. In other cases, people just mean it looks like the shape of a penis. Many people have looked at phallic shapes in the world — such as missiles and many sculptures — and wondered what exactly the creators were thinking about.

Definitions of phallic
  1. adjective

    resembling or being a phallus

    phallic symbol”
    phallic eroticism”


    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation
  2. adjective

    relating to a phallus especially as an embodiment of generative power

    phallic cult”
    phallic worship”

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