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[fraw-tahzh] /frɔˈtɑʒ/
a technique in the visual arts of obtaining textural effects or images by rubbing lead, chalk, charcoal, etc., over paper laid on a granular or relieflike surface.
Compare rubbing (def 2).
a work of art containing shapes and textures produced by frottage.
the practice of getting sexual stimulation and satisfaction by rubbing against something, especially another person.
Origin of frottage
1930-35; < French, equivalent to frott(er) to rub (of uncertain origin) + -age -age Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for frottage


/ˈfrɒtɑːʒ; French frɔtaʒ/
the act or process of taking a rubbing from a rough surface, such as wood, for a work of art
sexual excitement obtained by rubbing against another person's clothed body
Word Origin
French, from frotter to rub
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Word Origin and History for frottage

1933, from French frottage "rubbing, friction," from frotter "to rub," from Old French froter "to rub, wipe; beat, thrash" (12c.), from Latin fricare "to rub" (see friction). As a paraphilia, it is known as frotteurism.

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frottage in Medicine

frottage frot·tage (frô-täzh')

  1. Massage; rubbing.

  2. The act of rubbing against the body of another person, as in a crowd, to attain sexual gratification.

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Slang definitions & phrases for frottage



The inducement of sexual pleasure by rubbing up against another person; masturbation by rubbing against another person (as in a crowd)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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