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fan·​girl ˈfan-ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce fangirl (audio)
: a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something


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fangirled; fangirling; fangirls

intransitive verb

: to exhibit fandom often to an excessive degree : to behave like an extremely devoted or overly excited fangirl
"I totally fangirled," [Katy] Tiz admitted. "You have no idea. He came right near me, and I'm pretty sure he looked right at me while singing. I was screaming …" Joe Lynch
"They're like fangirling over me, and I'm fangirling over the fact they're fangirling over me, and we're all just like freaking out, so excited," she [Madeline Brewer, actress] says with a laugh. Terri Schwartz
… after three years of fangirling over one of my favorite bands—owning all their music …—I knew I'd have to see them one way or another … Melody Appel

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
In large part, that’s because no one gets Laura Ashley like a true Laura Ashley fangirl. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Oct. 2022 That embrace of open data has been key to the tracker’s success, said Dr. Leana Wen, a professor of health policy and management at George Washington University and longtime Gardner fangirl. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2022 There’s so much great merch that will speak to their inner fangirl. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 24 Aug. 2022 Celebs like Hailey Bieber put their followers on to their go-to beauty products, while others like Cardi B and Kim Kardashian fangirl over their fave celebs. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 20 Sep. 2022 Even an artist with No. 1s around the globe and who scooped up all of big four categories at the Grammy Awards can have her nervous fangirl moments. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2022 Buildable Volume Mascara fangirl for over 10 years) and my love-hate relationship with eyeliner in its many iterations. Jessica Ourisman, Allure, 22 Aug. 2022 Speaking of superheroes, this Marvel show follows the origin story of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), an Avengers fangirl whose familial heritage includes cosmic superpowers. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Aug. 2022 Even their Instagram posts tend to match, and, on Halloween, their costumes always share a nerdy fangirl theme: Underrated Animated Villains. Amy Nicholson, Rolling Stone, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1934, in the meaning defined above


2005, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fangirl was in 1934

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“Fangirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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