[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 for frottage

French, from frotter to rub
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Medicine definitions for frottage

[ frô-täzh ]


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