frottage

frottage

[fraw-tahzh]
noun
1.
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 ).
2.
a work of art containing shapes and textures produced by frottage.
3.
the practice of getting sexual stimulation and satisfaction by rubbing against something, especially another person.

Origin:
1930–35; < French, equivalent to frott(er) to rub (of uncertain origin) + -age -age

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frottage (ˈfrɒtɑːʒ, French frɔtaʒ)
 
n
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]

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frottage
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.
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frottage frot·tage (frô-täzh')
n.

  1. Massage; rubbing.

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

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