verb (used with object), mas·saged, mas·sag·ing.
- 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.
- massachusetts bay,
- massachusetts bay company,
- massachusetts institute of technology,
- massacre of the innocents,
- massage parlor,
- massage parlour,
- massapequa park,
Origin of massage
Examples from the Web for massagist
I hear the massagist slapping a lazy fellow who is being rubbed with ointment.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae|Jennie Hall
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."