masturbate

play
verb mas·tur·bate \ˈmas-tər-ˌbāt\

Definition of masturbate

masturbated

;

masturbating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to practice masturbation

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to practice masturbation on

masturbator

play \-ˌbā-tər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of masturbate

Latin masturbatus, past participle of masturbari


First Known Use: 1839


MASTURBATE Defined for English Language Learners

masturbate

play
verb mas·tur·bate \ˈmas-tər-ˌbāt\

Definition of masturbate for English Language Learners

  • : to touch or rub your own sexual organs for sexual pleasure


Medical Dictionary

masturbate

play
verb mas·tur·bate \ˈmas-tər-ˌbāt\

Medical Definition of masturbate

masturbated

;

masturbating

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to practice masturbation

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to practice masturbation on

masturbator

\-ˌbāt-ər\play noun

Learn More about masturbate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up masturbate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a weapon for destroying ships

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • young-people-being-filmed-during-a-spelling-bee
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!