- bonding through physical contact
1994, Nicole Landry Sault, Many Mirrors: Body Image and Social Relations, Rutgers University Press, ISBN 9780813520803, page 311:
- In Mexico, interdependence among people in emphasized and expressed through cosleeping and "skinship." … A similar type of "skinship" also exists throughout Mexico—all one had to do is look at the way people walk or sit together. … women are always patting touching ...
This word is mainly in use in Japan and South Korea and is rarely or never used by native English speakers.