a technique in the visual arts of obtaining textural effects or images by rubbing lead, chalk, charcoal, etc., over paper laid on a granular or relieflike surface. Compare rubbing ( def 2 ).
a work of art containing shapes and textures produced by frottage.
the practice of getting sexual stimulation and satisfaction by rubbing against something, especially another person.

1930–35; < French, equivalent to frott(er) to rub (of uncertain origin) + -age -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To frottage
World English Dictionary
frottage (ˈfrɒtɑːʒ, French frɔtaʒ)
1.  the act or process of taking a rubbing from a rough surface, such as wood, for a work of art
2.  sexual excitement obtained by rubbing against another person's clothed body
[French, from frotter to rub]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1933, from Fr. frottage "rubbing, friction," from frotter "to rub," from O.Fr. froter, of unknown origin. As a paraphilia, it is known as frotteurism.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

frottage frot·tage (frô-täzh')

  1. Massage; rubbing.

  2. The act of rubbing against the body of another person, as in a crowd, to attain sexual gratification.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature