Jan. 21st, 2018/
Model: Gerda Y/
The English word masturbation was introduced in the 18th century, based on the Latin verb masturbari, alongside the more technical and slightly earlier onanism. The Latin verb masturbari is of uncertain origin. Suggested derivations include an unattested word for penis, mazdo, cognate with Greek mézea μέζεα, "genitals", or alternatively a corruption of an unattested manusturpare ("to defile with the hand"), by association with turbare "to disturb".