Definition of heightism
- 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 Ginnetti, Hyphen, Summer 2007
heightistplay \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 Woods, Vogue, March 1997
heightistnoun, 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 Keene, The Boston Globe, 25 May 2008