body-sham·​ing | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌshā-miŋ How to pronounce body-shaming (audio) \
variants: or body shaming

Definition of body-shaming

: the act or practice of subjecting someone to criticism or mockery for supposed bodily faults or imperfections Far from being isolated incidents, these jokes … only highlight the fact that body-shaming is very much a problem among men as well as women, with public figures deemed "fair game" when it comes to criticisms of their appearance.— Philip Ellis

Other Words from body-shaming

body-shaming adjective
body-shaming comments body-shaming bullies

First Known Use of body-shaming

1997, in the meaning defined above

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“Body-shaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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