[ mas-ter-bey-shuhn ]


  1. the stimulation or manipulation of one's own genitals, especially to orgasm; sexual self-gratification.
  2. the stimulation, by manual or other means exclusive of sexual intercourse, of another's genitals, especially to orgasm.

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Other Words From

  • mastur·bation·al adjective
  • mas·tur·ba·to·ry [mas, -ter-b, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of masturbation1

First recorded in 1760–70; masturbate + -ion

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Example Sentences

Insisting on possessing a right of way that one can’t possibly exercise is just intellectual masturbation.

Since if you get the clock out of your head, the counter won’t matter that much, especially since the only true and useful indicator of the battle won by quality will be there in bed with you, assuming this is not just about masturbation.

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A study from Scotland’s University of Paisley found that partnered sex releases 400 percent more prolactin, the neurohormone responsible for feelings of sexual satiety, than does masturbation.

Why, for instance, would having more sexual partners be a better safeguard against the disease than masturbation?

Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and the beauty of masturbation.

In life, two things are inevitable: death and male masturbation.

In the game of masturbation regulation, Ferriss might succeed where all others have failed.

Can he make the historically religious anti-masturbation movement popular for bros?

Masturbation has83 always been practised by him as a purely physical act, unaccompanied, that is to say, by any imaginative ideas.

In solitude, and above all in bed, masturbation can naturally be effected much more readily.

But when we pass to the question of the extent of masturbation among girls, the differences become more acute.

Other signs that are supposed to indicate the habitual practice of masturbation are of little diagnostic value.

Attempts have often been made to determine the comparative frequency of masturbation in the two sexes.