Tribbing Meaning: What Does Tribbing Mean? with Useful Conversations 1

Tribbing Meaning: What Does Tribbing Mean? with Useful Conversations

“Tribbing” is a slang term only heard in specific circles so it would be reasonable to have some questions about it. Here you will find the meaning of this term and information regarding its origin if that information is available. You will also find some other meanings of the term if any exist and see the term used in example conversations so you can gain a better understanding of what the term means by seeing it used in context. In conclusion, you will also discover some alternate words or phrases that you can use in place of the term “tribbing” during any type of conversation.

Tribbing Meaning

What Does Tribbing Mean?

The slang term “tribbing” is the term used to describe two lesbians partaking in a form of sexual intercourse in the scissor position where one female rubs their genitalia up against another females genitalia for sexual stimulation and gratification. It is an abbreviated version of the full term “Tribadism.”


The term “tribadism” and thus the slang term “tribbing” derives from two Greek words. The first is the word “tribas” which is defined as a woman who practices sexual acts with herself or other women. The second Greek word is “tribō” which is a verb meaning to rub. The practice of tribadism was originally practiced in Ancient Greek and Roman sexuality by people called “tribades” in the late first century and has been practiced throughout history ever since.

Other Meanings

Currently, there are no other known meanings of the slang term “tribbing.”

Example Conversations

A conversation between a lesbian couple:

  • Partner 1: I had a lot of fun last night. The restaurant was nice and the movie was good too.
  • Partner 2: And the tribbing was amazing. You forgot to mention that.
  • Partner 1: Well, because I was trying not to make it seem like that was the most important thing. But, yes, that was amazing too!

A conversation between an older sister and a younger sister:

  • Older Sister: So, you are all ready to ship off to college huh?
  • Younger Sister: Yup! All packed and ready to head out in the morning.
  • Older Sister: Concentrate on your academics, but also don’t forget to do a little experimenting either.
  • Younger Sister: Experimenting?
  • Older Sister: Yes! College is a time to explore your sexuality! I did a lot of tribbing with partners when I was in college.
  • Younger Sister: No way! I thought you liked boys!
  • Older Sister: I do! But that helped me find out for sure. Plus, boys were a distraction back then that I didn’t need.

Alternatives to “Tribbing”

There are several other words or phrases that you could use to replace the word “tribbing” in conversation and still convey the same meaning. Some of the things you could say instead include:

  • tribadism
  • bumping uglies
  • scissoring

Tribbing Meaning Infographic


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