drag king

noun

Definition of drag king

:a woman who performs as an entertainer caricaturing stereotypically masculine men
  • Drag kings are usually—no absolutes here—women who costume themselves as men to entertain others with their interpretation of masculinity. Penis envy, outsiders snort. Yet most kings are perfectly comfortable in their female bodies. They identify as women. They're not cross-dressing for private amusement or “passing” to make a public point. They're performing.
  • —Jeannette Batz, The Riverfront Times (St. Louis, Missouri)1 Jan. 2003
  • This rule has been broken, or bent, with the rise of drag kings—female performers who costume themselves as men, both lampooning and celebrating masculinity in a sort of burlesque, often via lip-synchs.
  • —Michelle Tea, in The Outlaw Bible of American Essays2006

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First Known Use of drag king

1972


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