Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (mə-säzh′, -säj′)
a. The therapeutic manipulation of body tissues by a trained practitioner, as by systematic stroking, kneading, or application of pressure, to effect a beneficial physiological response such as pain reduction or improved circulation.
b. An act or instance of the therapeutic manipulation of body tissues. Also called therapeutic massage.
a. The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to relax the muscles, aid circulation, or provide sensual pleasure.
b. An act or instance of such rubbing or kneading.
a. The manipulation of the genitals or other body tissues for sexual arousal; erotic massage.
b. An act or instance of erotic massage.
c. Illicit sexual services provided under the guise of therapeutic massage.
tr.v. mas·saged, mas·sag·ing, mas·sag·es
1. To give a massage to.
2. To treat by means of a massage.
3. To coddle or cajole.
4. To manipulate (data, for example): Pollsters massaged the numbers to favor their candidate.

[French, from masser, to massage, from Arabic masaḥa, to stroke, anoint; see mšḥ in Semitic roots or massa, to touch; see mšš in Semitic roots.]

mas·sag′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.massager - someone who rubs or kneads parts of the body to stimulate circulation and promote relaxationmassager - someone who rubs or kneads parts of the body to stimulate circulation and promote relaxation
masseur - a male massager
masseuse - a female massager
physical therapist, physiotherapist - therapist who treats injury or dysfunction with exercises and other physical treatments of the disorder
References in periodicals archive ?
Fact.MR has announced the addition of the "Facial massager Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Review 2018 to 2028"report to their offering.
NewYork, NY, April 29, 2019 --( In-Trust is announcing its pre-launch campaign, offering significant discounts for early-bird purchasers, for the new version of its AURAI eye massager, AURAI 2 (RIO).
Or how my husband Loy, an inveterate shopper, ended up buying two jackets and an expensive massager at Robinsons during a weekend at Sonya's.
Nearly three years later Jones was accused of using an electric body massager to touch a second woman at his home.
In the second incident in January, Jones was accused of using an electric body massager on a woman's breasts and groin area.
With its planned launch this October, the plusOne brand will comprise four products: a vibrating bullet massager, a vibrating ring massager, a personal massager and a dual vibrating massager.
Along with a base that attaches to the shower wall, there are three different attachments for optimum oral care, including a dual-headed toothbrush, an irrigating tip and a gum massager. The dual-headed toothbrush hits both the front and back as well as sides of teeth.
Teaming together with a medical massage therapist and CrossFit trainer (Oregon-based Jason Auer-Sears and California-based Jimmy Greninger) to found Percussion Fitness, developers of cordless percussive massager BuffEnuff[R], they aim to bring the ultimate healing device to the world and do good by donating a portion of proceeds from massagers sold to bring healing modalities to people in need through their support of non-profit Dreamweaver International.
M2 PHARMA-December 28, 2016-Global Breast Massager Market to CAGR of more than 4% Through 2020, Technavio Predicts
Tenders are invited for Supplying Of AF 001C health 111 massager blood circulator) massager to power: 300w Rated voltage : AC 220 v and Speed I-16 adjustable speed & model Time max 10 minutes LCD Display time speed, mode level its a Program : I manaul 3 preset program and User weight 100 Kgs.
Smart Massager is a portable massager, small enough to be carried inside a purse and practical enough not to keep locked up in a closet.
FOOT WARMER & MASSAGER PS29.99, from THIS may not look particularly techie, and it's probably not the most stylish of foot accessories you'll own, but pop your tired tootsies into the fleece-lined contraption and use the accompanying remote to warm and soothe them.