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a. The act of rubbing against or touching the body of an unsuspecting person, as in a crowd, to attain sexual gratification.
b. The act of consensual rubbing between two or more people, either clothed or unclothed, to attain sexual gratification.
a. A method of making a design by placing a piece of paper on top of an object and then rubbing over it, as with a pencil or charcoal.
b. A design so made.

[French, from frotter, to rub, from Old French froter.]


(ˈfrɒtɑːʒ; French frɔtaʒ)
1. (Art Terms) 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]



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.
2. sexual stimulation through rubbing the genitals against another person.
[1930–35; < French]


the act of rubbing against another person for sexual gratification. — frotteur, n.
See also: Sex
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frottage - masturbation by rubbing against another person (as in a crowd)
masturbation, onanism - manual stimulation of the genital organs (of yourself or another) for sexual pleasure
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We can find many entrances, many doors to open: the pared-down efficiency in the collage illustrations of children's-book author Leo Lionni, the strange botanical frottage of Max Ernst, the evisceration of perspectival boundaries in Henri Matisse's object studies, Irving Blum's display of Andy Warhol's same-but-different soup cans on thin shelves.
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These fragile little works are pieced together quickly from thin card, cut, and then worked in frottage, monoprint, conte crayon, and acrylic.
She and a former roommate had enjoyed swapping bizarre fetish lists, starting off with rather pedestrian frottage incidents involving leftover Kahlua cheese-cake and winding up with copies of publications such as Knocked Up, Horny and Gun Toting
Steward seek to counter the whitewashing of Thornton Wilder's sexuality in biographies that depended upon the goodwill of Wilder's highly protective sister/executor by offering his own memoir of Wilder's ejaculating after only ninety seconds of frottage.
Flirtation, fun and frottage are so much more rejuvenating than a facelift.
Inappropriate fixations and obsessions have also become a concern based on case reports of stalking, frottage, fondling, paraphilias, compulsive masturbation, and sexual assault, although such reports are quite rare (Ray et al.
A final section is included dealing with contemporary techniques: collage, frottage, dripping and mixed media.
There is also a role for discussions around pleasure and alternative forms of sexual expression aside from penetration, including mutual masturbation, frottage, oral sex, erotic massage and exchanging sexual thoughts and desires.