masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ ˌma-stər-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce masturbation (audio) \

Definition of masturbation

: erotic stimulation especially of one's own genital (see genital sense 2) organs commonly resulting in orgasm and achieved by manual (see manual entry 1 sense 1) or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse, by instrumental manipulation (see manipulate sense 1), occasionally by sexual fantasies, or by various combinations of these agencies

Examples of masturbation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

There are actual pleasure pathways in the brain that are strengthened by masturbation, Wise explains. Haley Swanson, Glamour, "6 Benefits of Female Masturbation That Will Convince You to Do it More," 30 May 2019 Together, Molly and Amy are quite the duo, practically attached to the hip and sharing almost every secret (including the use of a panda plushie as a masturbation helper). Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""Booksmart" Star Kaitlyn Dever on What Makes the Movie So Funny, the Euphoria of Crushes, and Awkward Sex Scenes," 22 May 2019 Even on days when you're not desperately turned on, making time for masturbation has lots of benefits, from helping you explore your sexuality to relieving stress and even improving your health. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best 7 Masturbation Tips to Get You Super Turned On When You're Solo," 23 Mar. 2019 Plus, most people use masturbation as the occasional stress release. Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: My Boyfriend's Love of Porn Makes Me Feel Insecure — What Should I Do?," 9 Aug. 2018 Back in July, Disney cut ties with Gunn after far-right personalities uncovered old (now-deleted) tweets in which Gunn joked about rape, pedophilia, and masturbation. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Warner Bros. has hired ex-Marvel director James Gunn to work on a Suicide Squad sequel," 9 Oct. 2018 The abuse ranged from groping and masturbation to anal, oral and vaginal rape. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children," 14 Aug. 2018 The abuse ranged from groping and masturbation to anal, oral and vaginal rape. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Stunning findings on report of Catholic Church abuse: Pa. priests molested more than 1,000 children," 14 Aug. 2018 Often, with practice, women are able to learn to orgasm through self-pleasuring/masturbation exercises with their fingers or with a vibrator. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "7 Common Reasons to Seek Sex Therapy," 8 Oct. 2010

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'masturbation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of masturbation

1603, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about masturbation

Dictionary Entries near masturbation

mast table

mast tree

masturbate

masturbation

masturbatory

mastwood

masty

Statistics for masturbation

Last Updated

8 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for masturbation

The first known use of masturbation was in 1603

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for masturbation

masturbation

noun
mas·​tur·​ba·​tion | \ ˌmas-tər-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce masturbation (audio) \

Medical Definition of masturbation

: erotic stimulation especially of one's own genital organs commonly resulting in orgasm and achieved by manual or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse, by instrumental manipulation, occasionally by sexual fantasies, or by various combinations of these agencies

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on masturbation

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with masturbation

Spanish Central: Translation of masturbation

Nglish: Translation of masturbation for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about masturbation

Comments on masturbation

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

WORD OF THE DAY

behavior toward others

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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!