fat-sham·​ing ˈfat-ˌshā-miŋ How to pronounce fat-shaming (audio)
variants or fat shaming
: the act or practice of subjecting someone perceived as fat or overweight to criticism or mockery
… wasn't aware … that the designers had also been embroiled in controversies over fat-shaming and same-sex families.Vanessa Friedman
As much as it focuses on other aspects of Annie's life, "Shrill" includes instances of bullying and fat shaming. A scene in which a trainer accosts Annie and tries to guilt her into signing up for workouts was inspired by Bryant's life.Kelly Lawler
fat-shaming adjective
fat-shaming comments/criticism

Examples of fat-shaming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider Emily Blunt, a movie star who recently prostrated herself after being savaged online for fat-shaming. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2023 Many of the taglines at mainstream establishments and social media alike are focusing on the allegations of fat-shaming, which obviously were never actually part of an official charge. Vulture, 2 Aug. 2023 These comments can also be skinny- or fat-shaming, both of which, experts say, can lead to serious mental health issues, like lower self-esteem. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2007, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fat-shaming was in 2007

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“Fat-shaming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fat-shaming. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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