mas·​tur·​ba·​to·​ry ˈma-stər-bə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce masturbatory (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving masturbation
masturbatory fantasies
: excessively self-absorbed or self-indulgent
write tedious, masturbatory books … about themselves for people to read … with envyD. R. Katz

Examples of masturbatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bardo for being masturbatory and self-pitying, Empire of Light for being shallow and unfocused. Vulture, 24 Jan. 2023 And this use was a selling point, not a secret, during an era of anti-masturbatory rhetoric. Kim Adams, Discover Magazine, 30 June 2020 Photo: flickr/krossbow Daily masturbatory activity associated with long-term weight reduction. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 1 Apr. 2013 Strickland, responding to a question from Tolley about the oddest thing he’d been asked to endorse, recalls being approached by the manufacturer of a masturbatory aid. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2022 Both Ramy’s rejection of bin Laden and his masturbatory triumph ultimately matter only to himself, not to the classmates whose minds about him are already made up. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 Just wait for the next fascist to take office and continue this masturbatory rage ouroboros. Megh Wright, Vulture, 19 Jan. 2021 However, charity golf tournaments tend to be a woefully inefficient and exceptionally masturbatory way of trying to raise funds. Gary Gramling,, 21 Oct. 2017 Alfredo Castro plays a 50-year-old in Caracas who pays young men for their company (and masturbatory inspiration). Anita Gates, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of masturbatory was in 1864

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“Masturbatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


mas·​tur·​ba·​to·​ry ˈmas-tər-bə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce masturbatory (audio)
: of, relating to, or associated with masturbation
masturbatory fantasies

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