body-shamed; body-shaming; body-shames

transitive verb

: to subject (someone) to body-shaming : to criticize or mock (someone) for supposed bodily faults or imperfections
Over the years she's received a lot of negative comments on social media criticizing her wardrobe choices and body-shaming her, yet this hasn't stopped her from embracing her beauty and her body.Amira Rasool

Examples of body-shame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her pictures sparked a debate, including body-shaming comments, that was more than shocking. Lea Hüttinger, Glamour, 20 Nov. 2023 The performers alleged the singer-songwriter body-shamed them and pressured them into touching nude performers while at a club in Amsterdam, among other claims. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 9 Oct. 2023 Cue incessant body-shaming and gross speculation on her health. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 28 Aug. 2023 Her post comes after Gomez was body-shamed on her recent Instagram. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 13 June 2023 Candace Owens took aim at Lizzo‘s appearance this week, and the pop star’s fans stepped in to defend her from the firebrand’s body-shaming commentary. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 13 Apr. 2023 Vera Pauw was accused of body-shaming players while coaching in the N.W.S.L. Jeré Longman, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 The exchange gave an insight into the lifestyle of the SpaceX founder, who was the victim of internet body-shaming when a shirtless image of him on a yacht with talent agency boss Ari Emmanuel went viral. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 30 Mar. 2023 While Selena Gomez is clearly grateful to her supportive fans, she has been outspoken about the toll social media and cruel body-shaming comments have had on her mental health. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 19 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2009, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of body-shame was in 2009

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Cite this Entry

“Body-shame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body-shame. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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