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- bonding through physical contact
1994, Nicole Landry Sault, Many Mirrors: Body Image and Social Relations, Rutgers University Press, ISBN 9780813520803, page 311:
- In Mexico, interdependence among people in emphasized and expressed through cosleeping and "skinship." … A similar type of "skinship" also exists throughout Mexico—all one had to do is look at the way people walk or sit together. … women are always patting touching ...
2015, LT Wolf, The World King, fiction, ISBN 978-1-312-37454-6:
- However, there were times that folks needed that skinship to feel hearten'd and Dan often felt when others had that need.
This word is mainly in use in Japan and South Korea and is rarely or never used by native English speakers.