- the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.
- Slang. attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering: ego massage.
- to treat by massage.
- Slang. to treat with special care and attention; coddle or pamper: The store massages its regular customers with gifts and private sales.
- to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
- to manipulate, organize, or rearrange (data, figures, or the like) to produce a specific result, especially a favorable one: The auditors discovered that the company had massaged the books.
Origin of massage
- the act of kneading, rubbing, etc, parts of the body to promote circulation, suppleness, or relaxation
- to give a massage to
- to treat (stiffness, aches, etc) by a massage
- to manipulate (statistics, data, etc) so that they appear to support a particular interpretation or to be better than they are; doctor
- massage someone's ego to boost someone's sense of self-esteem by flattery
Word Origin for massage
1874, from massage (n.). Related: Massaged; massaging.
1874, from French massage "friction of kneading," from masser "to massage," possibly from Arabic massa "to touch, feel, handle;" if so, probably picked up in Egypt during the Napoleonic campaign there. Other possibility is that French got it in colonial India from Portuguese amassar "knead," a verb from Latin massa "mass, dough" (see mass (n.1)). Massage parlor first attested 1894, from the start a euphemism for "house of prostitution."
- The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body especially to aid circulation, relax the muscles, or provide sensual stimulation.
- An act or instance of such rubbing or kneading.
- To give a massage to.
- To treat by means of a massage.