heightism

noun height·ism \ ˈhīt-ˌi-zəm , ÷ˈhīt-ˌthi- \

Definition of heightism

: unfair treatment based on height; especially : prejudice or discrimination against short people
  • In college, I learned that Fortune 500 CEOs and US presidents are on average 3 inches taller than the average American man, and that every inch of height amounts to a salary increase of almost $800 a year. By the time I landed my first real job it hit me: heightism, a form of discrimination based on height, is as prominent in Western culture as the high-heeled shoe.
  • —Sasha GinnettiHyphenSummer 2007

heightist

play \ˈhīt-ist, ÷ˈhīt-thist\ adjective
    • heightist notions
    • He wears the suit with careless grace, being not only lean and athletically built but also—at five feet eleven—tall enough. (Call me heightist, but I've always believed that a hero should come up higher than your armpit.
    • —Vicki WoodsVogueMarch 1997

heightist

noun, plural heightists
    • A woman I know named Shani … is happily married to a man who's 5-foot-3, 2 inches shorter than she. A couple of Shani's female friends are avowed “heightists” with regard to men.
    • —Kerry KeeneThe Boston Globe25 May 2008

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Origin and Etymology of heightism

1height + -ism (after racism)


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