What Does MANSPLAIN Mean?

MANSPLAIN means "A Man Condescendingly Explaining Something to a Woman."

The term MANSPLAIN is widely used in the mainstream press and on social media to describe a man condescendingly, unnecessarily and often incorrectly, explaining something to a woman.

MANSPLAIN is a combination of the words "Man" and "Explain." It is widely believed to have been inspired by a 2008 Los Angeles Times op-ed article titled "Men Who Explain Things," written by Rebecca Solnit. In the article, Solnit explained her personal experience of being patronized by a male friend (although she didn't explicitly use the term MAINSPLAIN).

The popularity of MANSPLAIN has given rise to an ever-growing list of similar terms, including:
  • Fitsplain - A gym or fitness class member condescendingly explaining fitness training.
  • Gaysplain - A gay person condescendingly explaining gay issues.
  • Journosplain - A journalist condescendingly explaining a complicated issue to a subject matter expert (e.g., a scientist).
  • Queersplain - A queer person condescendingly explaining queer issues.
  • Straightsplain - A straight person explaining LGBT issues to a gay person.
  • Trumpsplain - A supporter of former president Trump defending his record.
  • Whitesplain - A white person explaining racial issues to a member of an ethnic minority.

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Summary of Key Points

"A man condescendingly explaining women's issues to a woman" is the most common definition for MANSPLAIN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:A man condescendingly explaining women's issues to a woman
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


An Academic Look at MANSPLAIN

As it is formed by merging two words into one, MANSPLAIN is a portmanteau word. It is a combination of the words Man and Explain.

MANSPLAIN is now so widely recognized that it can no longer be considered a neologism (i.e., a newly coined word or term which has emerged into everyday usage).

Example of MANSPLAIN Used in a Text


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