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

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Recent Examples on the Web Kellogg advocated for circumcision as a way to avert masturbation. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan nonprofit protests male circumcision on Woodward Avenue," 14 Sep. 2019 The shame and stigma surrounding female masturbation is a reason both Loyst and Milhausen give for why women still masturbate less than men. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Masturbation Is Self Care & Women Are Better At It Than Men," 24 July 2019 Why can’t a woman’s art be universal, in the way that Portnoy’s Complaint, that masturbation odyssey, is a Great American Novel, rather than a Great Male American Novel? Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Nostalgic End of Fleabag," 30 Aug. 2019 Ramy’s pals are already all talking about masturbation. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Emmys 2019: Consider Ramy Youssef for writing, directing, and starring in Ramy," 13 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of masturbation

1603, in the meaning defined above

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12 Oct 2019

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“Masturbation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masturbations. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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