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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The penis of an animal, especially a bull.
  • n. A whip made from a bull's penis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The penis of an animal.
  • n. A baton made from the penis of an ox, once used to beat men and animals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The penis; -- so called in some animals, as the bull.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The penis of an animal, as a bull.


Possibly from Low German pēsel, diminutive of Middle Low German pese, penis, tendon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Low German pesel or West Flemish pezel, diminutive of Middle Dutch pese ("a sinew, tendon, string, pizzle"), from Old Dutch *pisa (“sinew, string, fibre”). Cognate with Dutch pezel, Middle Low German pese ("tendon. bowstring"), Dutch pees ("sinew, tendon"), German dialectal Peserick ("pizzle"). (Wiktionary)


  • On a day that was full of chilly damp pizzle and various disappointments it was playful and chilling, thrilling and light-of-touch from the first word to the last.

    March « 2010 « In The Gloaming Podcasts

  • Compare some of these to what's said this political season: • "You starveling, you eel skin, you bull's pizzle!" • "You stock-fish, you bow case!"

    Ken Adelman: Bard Blog: Candidate Insults

  • • "You starveling, you eel skin, you bull's pizzle!"

    Ken Adelman: Bard Blog: Candidate Insults

  • The coyote shambles, crow-hops, keeps his head low, and without fur, his now visible pizzle is a sad red protuberance, his hind legs the backward image of a bandy-legged grandfather, stripped.

    The Best American Poetry 2010

  • Pakak was twenty-eight and thought his pizzle was as good a way as any to get to know other people, women mostly, but he often wondered if being stuck in a man hole would be drastically different apart from the political implications of course.

    The Whole Earth

  • I once called my professor a bull's pizzle, now with added Latin comments:

    Adjutrix quondam, adjutrixque futurus

  • I once called my professor a bull's pizzle, now with added Latin

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • “I think you should eliminate the size of his pizzle,” he commented.


  • I did not stop but once to pizzle and check my pulse and as the light broke I knocked on Mum's door.

    There's Something Wrong with Sven

  • Albeit the pizzle so labelled does tend to impress most immediately, the whole array is pretty persuasive further argument for vegetarianism.

    Walter Satterthwait Goes to Market


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  • See also baculum, and this list.

    We used to use this word all the time at a job I once had. I believe Shakespeare used it as well. A very dirty word, indeed.

    herotuesday, that's a great story!

    November 1, 2007

  • "The condition of a product that is manufactured when no need exists. It indicates the rejection of objects on the grounds that they are no longer wanted."

    September 24, 2007

  • animal penis:
    I came across this one as a wee verbivore when my sister and I were insulting each other w/ random words in the dictionary.
    It stunned her into a silence of at least five minutes.

    September 24, 2007