1. 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).
  2. a work of art containing shapes and textures produced by frottage.
  3. 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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for frottage


  1. the act or process of taking a rubbing from a rough surface, such as wood, for a work of art
  2. sexual excitement obtained by rubbing against another person's clothed body

Word Origin for frottage

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


  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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