fan·​girl | \ ˈfan-ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce fangirl (audio) \

Definition of fangirl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something


fangirled; fangirling; fangirls

Definition of fangirl (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of fangirl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And, from that day forward, this Danskite fangirl was born. Emily Ruane,, "Dear Dansko, Keep Doing You — Sincerely, A Fan," 4 Aug. 2020 This feel super-relatable to be—even supermodels fangirl sometimes! Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner Wants to Be Beyoncé's Assistant So the Two Can Be BFFs," 28 Feb. 2020 Could Even Be Made There is, of course, one issue with Ahsoka fangirls' dreams: At this moment in 2020, pretty much all film production is on pause to stop the spread of COVID-19 and deal with the global pandemic. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Maybe It’s Time To Start Dreaming Up That Ahsoka Tano Star Wars Spin-Off," 20 Mar. 2020 Watch her fangirl over Wolverine in person, start on her journey of self-discovery, and fight for the reputation of an entire generation, all while trying to heed advice from her parents and religious leaders. Sam Maggs, Marie Claire, "A Feminist Ranking of Female Superheroes," 16 Sep. 2019 Lovato proved herself to be one die-hard Bachelorette fangirl—for a certain contestant, anyway. Glamour, "Demi Lovato and Mike Johnson’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 16 Sep. 2019 The merchant's daughter, avid theatergoer and first Shakespearean fangirl longs to be an actor, despite British law forbidding women on stage. Lee Williams | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "The play’s the thing, not the movie, when it comes to ‘Shakespeare in Love’," 4 Nov. 2019 Aware of her status as the new kid on the block, Singh is self-deprecating, leaning into her fangirl vibe rather than swapping tales of being at the same Hollywood shindig. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Lilly Singh’s Late-Night Challenge," 5 Oct. 2019 As Tester interacts with fangirls who crowd around him at a mall meet-and-greet and later fails to catch hold in the mainstream, Mandelup shows the lengths and limits of finding fame through these new channels. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Costs of Trying—and Failing—to Be a Teen Influencer," 21 Aug. 2019

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1934, in the meaning defined above


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“Fangirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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