manspreading

noun man·spread·ing \ ˈman-ˌspre-diŋ \

Definition of manspreading

: the act or practice by a man of sitting with the legs spread wide apart (as in a public seating area) in a way that intrudes on the space of others
  • Taking on manspreading for the first time, the authority is set to unveil public service ads that encourage men to share a little less of themselves in the city's ever-crowded subway cars.
  • —Emma G. Fitzsimmons

manspread

play \ˈman-ˌspred\ intransitive verb manspread; manspreading
    • Same for knocking knees with our seatmate the entire flight. We don't have to manspread. And we don't even know we're doing it.
    • —Dave Bergman

manspreader

noun, plural manspreaders
    • My own preferred technique with manspreaders is to sit down next to them and take up the amount of space that my body requires. Once another person's thigh is firmly pressed against their own, manspreaders … contract.
    • —Robin Abrahams

First Known Use of manspreading

2014

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