masturbation

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English[edit]

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From Middle French masturbation, from Latin verb masturbor, conjectured to have originated from a contraction of manus (hand) and turbō (disturb, throw into confusion).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmæstəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/, /ˌmɑːstəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/
  • (US) enPR: măs'tərbāʹshən, IPA(key): /ˌmæstɚˈbeɪʃən/
  • Hyphenation: mas‧tur‧ba‧tion
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

masturbation (usually uncountable, plural masturbations)

  1. Manual erotic stimulation of the genitals or other erotic regions, often to orgasm, either by oneself or a partner.
    Masturbation is our first and natural form of sexual activity and if that's inhibited or damaged, then we suffer for the rest of our lives. ―Betty Dodson
    • 2005, Cree Summer as Foxxy Love, Clum Babies (Drawn Together), season 2, episode 5, written by Jon Kimmel, Comedy Central:
      Masturbation is fun and natural. Not to mention it's a great way to earn five bucks without touchin' the guy.
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      Diogenes in sight of all, exercising his Masturbation, bred a longing desire in the bystanders, that in such sort they might fill their bellies by rubbing or clawing the same.
  2. (figuratively) A vain activity.

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

masturber +‎ -ation

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masturbation f (plural masturbations)

  1. masturbation

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masturbation f (plural not attested)

  1. masturbation
    • 1506, François de La Mothe Le Vaye, Quatre Dialogues Faits A L'Imitation Des Anciens, page 114:
      La premiere façon est parmy nous abominable, la nature reclamant en apparence contre cette deception de nerfs, appellée masturbation.