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 And rates of masturbation have increased during the pandemic, according to Susan Milstein, co-author of Human Sexuality: Making Informed Decisions. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 9 Mar. 2022 He was reportedly blacklisted from the Emmys for telling jokes at the 1991 ceremony about masturbation and Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens’s arrest for indecent exposure; the bit was censored for West Coast audiences. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 He was widely criticized after joking about masturbation at the 1991 Emmy Awards. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 For some, this could mean masturbation, but this level of self-intimacy isn’t for everyone. Jacqueline Delgadillo, refinery29.com, 6 Mar. 2022 To everyone else in the world, Billie Joe Armstrong and company were introducing us to the contemporary sounds of pop-punk draped around lyrics about masturbation as means of escape. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 At the same time, the novel is full of delightful teenage detours through punk rock, moon magic, even body-enlivening masturbation. oregonlive, 8 Feb. 2022 At the Four Sixes, Jimmy shares a meet-cute with Emily, his partner in graphic horse masturbation. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 Given her own experience, Roslyn, who at age 92 attended one of her daughter’s sexuality retreats, wondered why so few people talked about vibrators and masturbation. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of masturbation

1603, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2022

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“Masturbation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masturbation. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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

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