frot·​tage | \ frȯ-ˈtäzh How to pronounce frottage (audio) \

Definition of frottage

1 : the technique of creating a design by rubbing (as with a pencil) over an object placed underneath the paper also : a composition so made
2 : the act of obtaining sexual stimulation by rubbing against a person or object

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Recent Examples on the Web The results are eerie and surprisingly crisp, like frottage. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "What José Parlá, JR and Kunle Martins Learned from Graffiti," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of frottage

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frottage

French, from frotter to rub

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“Frottage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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