porn etymology

English word porn comes from English pornography

Detailed word origin of porn

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
pornography English (eng) (by extension) The depiction of (non-sexual) subject matter so that it elicits feelings analogous to erotic pleasure; any such depiction.. (usually, humorous) The graphic, detailed, often gratuitous depiction of something.. The explicit literary or visual depiction of sexual subject matter; any display of material of an erotic nature. [From mid-19th c.].
porn English (eng) (countable, informal, chiefly, in the plural) A pornographic work.. (uncountable, informal) Material, usually visual, presenting something desirable in a lurid, garish, or sensational manner.. (uncountable, informal) Pornography. [from the mid-20th c.]. (uncountable, informal, often, _, humorous) Material that provides illicit gratification of an obsessive or unhealthy interest in something.

Words with the same origin as porn

Descendants of pornography
porno