fangirl

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noun

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

fangirl

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verb

fangirled; fangirling; fangirls

intransitive verb

informal
: 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
Watch Shepherd's fangirl over Kravitz in the clip above. EW.com, 20 Mar. 2024 Rosario Dawson's journey from 'hyped fangirl' to lightsaber-wielding warrior 02 Goosebumps (2023–present) Goosebumps as a property has haunted young readers (and viewers) for decades, and this new adaptation for Disney+ updates R.L. Stine's creepy tales for the Riverdale generation. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 20 Oct. 2023 James Cameron’s ambitious sequel inspired moviegoers to check out Pandora on the widest screens available, which was good news for Imax as the company has become synonymous with the fanboy and fangirl fare. Brent Lang, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 That’s the essence of Beatlemania: the teenage fangirls are in command, making this whole moment happen. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 Taylor Swift has been a Grease fangirl her whole life. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2024 Rihanna shutting down a front row at Fashion Week is nothing new for the superstar, but seeing her fangirl over another celebrity is surprisingly relatable. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 During a night packed with TV’s biggest stars, Jessica Chastain couldn’t help but fangirl at Monday’s 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards over one of her favorites: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Garcelle Beauvais. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 Immediately after, with Lopez in her baby pink dress standing in front of her, Larson broke down to tears and transformed into a fangirl. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 8 Jan. 2024
Verb
But these breaks also gave the album of the year winner the chance to fangirl over her favorite artists, too. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 Margot Robbie saw an opportunity to fangirl over Peaky Blinders and took it. Vulture, 5 Dec. 2023 Streep appeared to be fangirling the band about as much as anyone would fangirl her. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 17 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1934, in the meaning defined above

Verb

2005, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fangirl was in 1934

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“Fangirl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fangirl. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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