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noun as in testes


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Example Sentences

Testicles suspended in separate pouches, at the distance of from two to four inches from each other.

Aristotle in his Ethicks takes up the conceit of the Bever, and the divulsion of his Testicles.

I turn'd them loose in a Plantation, and the young ones, and some of the old ones bred great Maggots in their Testicles.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for testicles?

The testicles are the testes (singular testis). They are enclosed within the scrotum. Functionally, the testicles are gonads—reproductive glands.

Testicles and testes are both formal, straightforward terms.

As with all genitals (aka private parts), there are many, many euphemisms and slang terms for them.

By far, the most common slang term for testicles is balls. More crude but also common is nuts. Similar slang terms are stones and rocks. Gonads gives us the slang term nads (and the even slangier nards). There are many other terms, like bits and marbles. The Spanish loanword cojones is sometimes used. Like balls and other slang terms for testicles, it’s also used to mean boldness or courage. The word pair is often used in this way.

A more fanciful euphemism is the family jewels. An especially British word is ballocks (sometimes spelled bollocks), which is also used as a general swear word.

Some slang phrases, such as twig and berries, refer to the penis and the testicles together. Some terms refer to them collectively—one example is junk.

Are testicles and testes the same thing?

Yes, the words testicles and testes are interchangeable. Testes is more commonly used in formal and technical anatomical and medical contexts. Testicles is the straightforward term most commonly used in nontechnical contexts.

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On this page you'll find 13 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to testicles, such as: ballocks, balls, cullions, family jewels, gonads, and male genitalia.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.