body-sham·​ing ˈbä-dē-ˌshā-miŋ How to pronounce body-shaming (audio)
variants or 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
body-shaming adjective
body-shaming comments
body-shaming bullies

Examples of body-shaming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exchange prompted accusations of misgendering and body-shaming on social media. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The American Pie star has previously slammed some of the body-shaming she’s gotten over the years. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Kate Winslet is unafraid of nude scenes despite body-shaming she's experienced in her career. Caroline Thayer, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2023 The Australian singer acknowledged the criticism and opened up about his personal experiences with body-shaming in a Billboard interview that came out Tuesday. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 Their allegations include berating, mocking, excluding, body-shaming and punishing them. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2023 Older audience members familiar with the movie reacted with cheers to lines from the film, but Fey and lyricist Benjamin updated the book to feature more contemporary and grown-up issues, with references to social media bullying, opioid abuse, body-shaming and teachers preying on students. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2023 In a quote tweet of Bertinelli's post, Clarkson, who has been a victim of body-shaming and is very open about it, shared her thoughts on the matter, and on Bertinelli's reaction to the comment. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1996, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of body-shaming was in 1996

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Cite this Entry

“Body-shaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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