masturbate

[ mas-ter-beyt ]
/ ˈmæs tərˌbeɪt /

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.

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Origin of masturbate

1855–60; < Latin masturbātus, past participle of masturbārī to engage in masturbation

OTHER WORDS FROM masturbate

mas·tur·ba·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for masturbator

masturbate
/ (ˈmæstəˌbeɪt) /

verb

to stimulate the genital organs of (oneself or another) to achieve sexual pleasure

Derived forms of masturbate

masturbation, nounmasturbator, noun

Word Origin for masturbate

C19: from Latin masturbārī, of unknown origin; formerly thought to be derived from manus hand + stuprāre to defile
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Medical definitions for masturbator

masturbate
[ măstər-bāt′ ]

v.

To perform an act of masturbation.
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