masturbation
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˌmæstəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/, /ˌmɑːstəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/
  • (America) enPR: măs'tərbāʹshən, IPA: /ˌmæstɚˈbeɪʃən/
Noun

masturbation (uncountable)

  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
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., 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. (figurative) A vain activity.
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