Dictionary.com

masturbate

[ mas-ter-beyt ]
/ ˈmæs tərˌbeɪt /
Save This Word!

verb (used without object), mas·tur·bat·ed, mas·tur·bat·ing.

to engage in masturbation.

verb (used with object), mas·tur·bat·ed, mas·tur·bat·ing.

to practice masturbation upon.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of masturbate

1855–60; <Latin masturbātus, past participle of masturbārī to engage in masturbation
mas·tur·ba·tor, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for masturbate

masturbate
/ (ˈmæstəˌbeɪt) /

verb

to stimulate the genital organs of (oneself or another) to achieve sexual pleasure
masturbation, nounmasturbator, noun
C19: from Latin masturbārī, of unknown origin; formerly thought to be derived from manus hand + stuprāre to defile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for masturbate

masturbate
[ măstər-bāt′ ]

v.

To perform an act of masturbation.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Get Online Help For Kids!